Finding Denver’s Perfect Great Room Window Treatments11/29/2016Gary Harding Great home design is based on functionality. An increasing number of homeowners in Denver are subscribing to the design philosophy that every piece of your home shouldn’t only look great, it should serve a function too. And if it is able to serve more than a single purpose, even better! That’s why the great room has become more common in homes, acting as a blend of a dining room, family room, living room, and more. A practical, versatile space should have those same features in its window treatments. So let’s learn how to find the perfect window covering for your great room, Denver. Great Room Window Treatment Needs Light Control - Great rooms are typically the largest room in a given home, meaning they typically have the biggest windows. Because of that, it’s vital to have total control of how much light comes into your home so you have the ability to set the mood in your space regardless of the weather outside. Energy Efficiency - As with light, those big great room windows will let heat in and out fairly easily. A window treatment that blocks energy loss can go a long way to improving your comfort and decreasing your energy bills. Beauty - Because great rooms serve more than one function, it’s typically going to be the part of the home guests see more than any other. Create a lasting impression with a beautiful window covering that fulfills the aforementioned functions too. Ease of Use - Many great rooms reside in multi-story homes with open concepts, which can mean high-ceiling windows that are a hassle to operate. Being able to easily and quickly operate your window coverings can make for a better functioning space. So now that we have our list of “must-haves,” which window coverings fulfill these needs? Great Room Plantation Shutters Photo Courtesy of Room Resolutions Check one, check two, check three, check four–plantation shutters pass our test easily. Plantation shutters give you the most discerning light control, with the adjustable louvers’ ability to stay fully open, completely closed, and every angle in between. Add to that some of the best thermal protection your windows can get, and you have an energy efficient window treatment that can reduce energy transfer by almost half. Even if your windows sit high on the wall or are very tall, they’re still easy to use, as we can provide an adjustment pole that telescopes out and gives you quick access to the tilt rod. Last but not least, plantation shutters offer all this functionality with the looks to impress any guest. Few furnishings can offer the same feeling of casual elegance to your home as shutters. Other Window Treatments for Great Rooms Although plantation shutters are our top recommendation for achieving each of your great rooms’ needs, there are a couple of other window treatments that can help out in most of those areas. Cellular Shades - Cellular (AKA “honeycomb”) shades can offer some dimming capabilities and decent energy efficiency, all while giving you a wide array of colors to pick from to accentuate your space. If you purchase motorized shades, they can also be placed on hard-to-reach windows for easy operation. Drapes - Top-to-bottom drapes in a Denver great room can be a stunning boost to your home decor. They’re fairly easy to draw and shut while giving you tight light control, depending on your material. Drapes’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack though, so they’re fairly unimpressive in the area of energy efficiency. Therefore, we often see draperies paired with Polywood shutters. Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Denver Our team wants to make sure your great room is as great at is can be, so let’s get started. Drop us a line at 720-538-0182 today to set up your complimentary home design consultation. We’ll measure your windows, and show you all your options for beautiful great room window coverings.