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Picking the Perfect Great Room Window Treatments in Gainesville

November 29, 2016

Effective home design hinges on functionality. An increasing number of homeowners in Gainesville are adopting the design mantra that each element of your home shouldn’t only look great, but also should serve a purpose as well. And if it might serve multiple functions, even better! That’s why great rooms have become widespread in homes, serving as a blend of a living room, dining room, family room, and more.

Gainesville great room with mounted television and arc windows. 

A useful, versatile room needs those same traits in its window coverings. So let’s go over how to find the optimal window treatment for your great room, Gainesville.

Great Room Window Treatment Needs

Light Control - Great rooms tend to be the biggest room in your house, which means that they typically have the biggest windows. Therefore, it’s important to have control over how much light comes into your home so you can ignore the outdoor weather when setting your perfect mood.

Energy Efficiency - Just like with light, those large great room windows tend to allow heat to come in and out without much of a fight. A window treatment that reduces energy loss can go a long way to improving your comfort and decreasing your monthly bills.

Beauty - Since great rooms serve a lot of functions, it’s frequently going to be the part of the home guests see most often. Create a long-term impression with a beautiful window covering that accomplishes the functions mentioned above as well.

Ease of Use - Many great rooms are in open-concept, multiple story homes, which might mean high-ceiling windows that are more difficult to operate. Being able to easily and quickly adjust your window treatments makes for a better functioning space.

So now that we have our list of “must-haves,” which window coverings meet these criteria?

Great Room Plantation Shutters

Gainesville great room with plantation shutters and tile floor.

Check, check, check, and check–plantation shutters pass our checklist for great room window treatments. Plantation shutters offer the most effective light control, with the adjustable louvers’ ability to stay totally open, closed, or anywhere in between. Add to that some of the greatest thermal protection your windows can get, and you’re left with an energy efficient window treatment which reduces heat transfer by nearly 46%.

And if your windows are tall or sit high near the ceiling, shutters are still easy to use, with a provided adjustment pole that telescopes out and can give you fast access to the tilting mechanism.

Lastly, plantation shutters add all this functionality with the looks that are sure to impress any visitor. Very few furnishings can offer the same touch of casual elegance to your house as shutters.

Other Window Treatments for Great Rooms

Although plantation shutters are our top suggestion for filling all your great rooms’ needs, there are a few other window treatments that can help out in many of those areas.

Cellular Shades - Cellular (AKA “honeycomb”) shades can offer some light control and decent energy efficiency, all while offering a range of colors to pick from to match your space. If you choose motorized shades, they can also be installed on out of reach windows for easy opening and closing.

Gainesville great room with wood blinds and floor to ceiling drapes. 

Draperies - Top-to-bottom draperies in a Gainesville great room can be a dazzling addition to your personal decor. Drapes are usually easy to open and close while giving you great light control, depending on your fabric. Drapes’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, so they’re fairly unimpressive in the area of energy efficiency. For that reason, we often see draperies paired with Polywood shutters.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Gainesville

Our team wants to make sure your great room is as great at is can be, so let’s talk. Drop us a line at 813-602-5966 today to set up your complimentary home design consultation. We’ll get measurements for your windows, and walk you through all the best options for fantastic great room window treatments.