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Choosing the Perfect Great Room Window Coverings in Salt Lake City

November 29, 2016

Effective home design is based on functionality. More and more homeowners in Salt Lake City are adopting the design philosophy that each part of your home shouldn’t only look good, but also 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 a more common fixture in homes, acting as a combination of a dining room, family room, living room, and more.

Salt Lake City great room with mounted television and arched windows. 

A useful, multi-purpose space needs those same qualities in its window treatments. So let’s go over how to choose the best window treatment for your great room, Salt Lake City.

Great Room Window Treatment Needs

Light Control - Great rooms are usually the biggest room in a given home, which means that they most likely have the largest windows. That means it’s important to be able to control how much light comes through your windows so you have the ability to set your perfect mood no matter the sun’s plans.

Energy Efficiency - Just like with light, those big great room windows will let heat in and out without much of a fight. A window covering that reduces energy loss can go a long way to maximizing your comfort and decreasing your energy bills.

Beauty - Since the great room serves more than one function, it’s usually going to be the space guests see the most. Make a lasting impression with a stunning window covering that accomplishes the aforementioned functions too.

Usability - Most great rooms reside in open-concept, multiple story homes, which might mean tall windows that are more difficult to operate. Being able to easily and quickly adjust your window coverings can make for a better functioning space.

So now that we have in mind some “must-haves,” which window treatments fulfill these needs?

Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows

Salt Lake City great room with classic shutters and tile floor.

Check, check, check, and check–plantation shutters pass our criteria with flying colors. Plantation shutters give you the most discriminating light control, with the adjustable louvers’ ability to stay totally open, closed, or anywhere in between. In addition, they offer some of the best thermal protection available to your windows, and you get an energy efficient window covering that reduces energy transfer by almost half.

Even if your windows have some height to them, they’re still easy to use, as we can provide an adjustment pole that stretches out and collapses in and gives you quick access to the tilt rod.

Lastly, plantation shutters offer all this functionality with the looks that are sure to impress any visitor. Not many furnishings can offer the same sense of beauty to your house as shutters.

Other Window Treatments for Great Rooms

Although plantation shutters are our first recommendation for filling all your great rooms’ needs, there are a number of other window treatments that can aid your home in most 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 go with your space. If you choose motorized shades, they can also be installed on out of reach windows for easy opening and closing.

Salt Lake City great room with wooden blinds and full-length draperies. 

Draperies - Top-to-bottom drapes in a Salt Lake City great room can be a dazzling addition to your personal decor. Drapes are typically easy to use while providing effective light control, depending on your material. Their heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, which means they’re fairly weak in the energy efficiency category. Therefore, you typically see drapes paired with Polywood shutters.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Salt Lake City

We want to help you make the most of the space in your great room, so let’s work together. Drop us a line at 801-515-3598 today to set up your free home design appointment. We’ll get measurements for your windows, and walk you through all Sunburst’s options for beautiful great room window treatments.