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Picking the Best Great Room Window Coverings in Hartford

November 29, 2016

Effective home design is all about functionality. More than ever, homeowners in Hartford are subscribing to 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 function, even better! That’s why the great room has become a more common fixture in homes, serving as a combination of a dining room, family room, living room, and more.

Hartford great room with mounted television and arc windows. 

A useful, flexible space should have those same qualities in its window treatments. So let’s learn how to find the optimal window treatment for your great room, Hartford.

Great Room Window Treatment Needs

Light Control - Great rooms tend to be the largest room in your house, which means that they typically have the biggest windows. That means it’s vital to be able to control how much light comes into your home so you’re able to set your perfect mood no matter the sun’s plans.

Energy Efficiency - As with light, those big great room windows are going to let heat in and out fairly easily. A window treatment that impedes energy loss can do a lot to improving your comfort and slashing your utility bills.

Beauty - Because great rooms serve more than one function, it’s most likely going to be the room guests see most often. Leave a long-term impression with a stunning window covering that accomplishes the above mentioned functions too.

Ease of Operation - Many great rooms reside in open-concept, multiple story homes, which can mean tall windows that are harder to operate. The ability to operate your window coverings easily and quickly makes for a more functional space.

So now that we have in mind some “must-haves,” which window coverings accomplish them?

Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows

Hartford great room with white shutters and tile floor.

Check one, check two, check three, check four–plantation shutters pass our checklist easily. Plantation shutters give you the most effective light control, with the adjustable louvers able to sit completely shut, open and any angle in the middle. In addition, they offer some of the most effective thermal protection available to your windows, and you have an energy efficient window treatment which reduces heat 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 stretches out and collapses in and can give you fast access to the tilting mechanism.

Finally, plantation shutters add all this versatility with the looks to impress any guest. Very few furnishings can offer the same sense of class to your house as shutters.

Other Great Room Window Coverings

Though plantation shutters are the number one recommendation for achieving all your great rooms’ needs, there are a few other window treatments that can aid your home in some of those areas.

Cellular Shades - Cellular (also known as “honeycomb”) shades can offer some light control and decent insulation, all while offering a assortment 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 adjustment.

Hartford great room with natural wood blinds and full-length draperies. 

Draperies - Floor to ceiling draperies in a Hartford great room can be a stunning boost to your interior decor. Drapes are fairly easy to operate while giving you effective light control, depending on the material. Drapes’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, so they’re fairly unimpressive in the energy efficiency category. For that reason, you typically see draperies paired with Polywood shutters.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Hartford

We want to make sure your great room is as great at is can be, so let’s talk. Give us a call at 860-266-5459 today to set up your complimentary home design consultation. We’ll get measurements for your windows, and show you all Sunburst’s options for fantastic great room window treatments.