Finding Hartford’s Best Great Room Window Treatments11/29/2016Holly Perron Great home design is based on functionality. More and more homeowners in Hartford are adopting the design philosophy that each piece of your home should not only look great, it should serve a purpose too. And if it is able to serve more than a single function, even better! That’s why the great room has become widespread in homes, acting as a blend of a family room, living room, dining room, and more. A functional, multi-purpose space should have those same traits in its window treatments. So let’s learn how to choose the best window covering for your great room, Hartford.Great Room Window Treatment PrioritiesLight Control - Great rooms are usually the biggest room in a given home, which means that they most likely have the largest windows. Therefore, it’s vital to have control over how much light comes into your home so you can set the mood in your space regardless of the weather outside.Energy Efficiency - As 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 enhancing your comfort and decreasing your home utility bills.Style - Because great rooms serve multiple functions, it’s typically going to be the space guests see the most. Create a long-term impression with a beautiful window covering that accomplishes the aforementioned functions as well.Ease of Operation - Most great rooms are in open-concept, multiple story homes, which can mean tall windows that are more difficult to operate. Being able to operate your window coverings easily and quickly can make for a better functioning space.So now that we’ve gone over our “must-haves,” which window coverings fulfill these needs?Great Room Plantation Shutters Photo Courtesy of Room ResolutionsCheck, check, check, and check–plantation shutters pass our test for great room window treatments. Plantation shutters give you 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 most effective thermal protection your windows can get, and you have an energy efficient window treatment that can reduce energy transfer by almost half.Even if those windows sit high on the wall or are very tall, plantation shutters are still easy to use, with the use of an adjustment pole that telescopes out and gives you easy access to the tilt rod. Last but not least, plantation shutters add all this practicality with the looks to impress any guest. Very few furnishings can offer the same touch of class to your home as shutters.Other Great Room Window TreatmentsThough plantation shutters are the top suggestion for fulfilling all your great rooms’ needs, there are a couple of other window coverings that can aid your home in most of those categories.Cellular Shades - Cellular (AKA “honeycomb”) shades can offer some dimming capabilities and decent insulation, all while giving you a assortment of colors to pick from to match your space. If you purchase motorized shades, they can also be placed on out of reach windows for easy adjustment. Draperies - Wall-to-wall drapes in a Hartford great room can be a dazzling addition to your interior decor. Draperies are usually easy to use while providing effective light control, depending on your fabric. Draperies’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, making them fairly weak in the energy efficiency category. Because of that, we often see Polywood shutters paired with drapes.Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, HartfordOur team wants to help you make your great room even greater, so let’s work together. Call us at 860-266-5459 today to schedule your complimentary home design consultation. We’ll measure your windows, and walk you through all the best options for fantastic great room window coverings.