Plantation shutters in a great room

Picking the Perfect Great Room Window Treatments in Cincinnati

November 29, 2016

Effective home design is based on functionality. More and more homeowners in Cincinnati are adopting the design philosophy that each element of your home should not only look good, but also should serve a function too. And if it is able to serve multiple purposes, even better! That’s why great rooms have become more common in homes, serving as a combined family room, living room, dining room, and more.

Cincinnati great room with mounted TV and high-ceiling windows. 

A useful, multi-purpose space needs those same features in its window coverings. So let’s talk about how to pick the optimal window covering for your great room, Cincinnati.

Great Room Window Covering Priorities

Light Control - Great rooms are usually the biggest room in your house, which means that they most likely have the largest windows. Because of that, it’s vital to be able to control the amount of light that comes into your home so you’re able to always set the perfect mood.

Energy Efficiency - Just like with light, those large great room windows will allow heat to come in and out fairly easily. A window treatment that blocks energy loss can go a long way to maximizing your comfort and saving you money on your utility bills.

Beauty - Because great rooms serve more than one function, it’s frequently going to be the part of the home guests see most often. Create a lasting impression with a stunning window treatment that fulfills the aforementioned functions as well.

Usability - Many great rooms reside in multi-story homes with open concepts, which might mean tall windows that are harder to operate. Being able to easily and quickly operate your window coverings makes for a more functional space.

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

Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows

Cincinnati great room with white shutters and leather furniture.

Check, double check, quadruple 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 fully open, completely closed, and every angle in between. Add to that some of the best thermal protection available to your windows, and you’re left with an energy efficient window treatment that can reduce energy transfer by 45.96%.

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

Last but not least, plantation shutters offer all this practicality with the looks that are sure to impress any visitor. Very few furnishings can add the same feeling of class to a house as shutters.

Other Great Room Window Coverings

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

Cellular Shades - Cellular (also known as “honeycomb”) shades can offer some dimming capabilities and decent insulating properties, all while giving you a range of colors to choose from to complement your space. If you pick motorized shades, they can also be placed on hard-to-reach windows for easy opening and closing.

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

Draperies - Top-to-bottom drapes in a Cincinnati great room can be a stunning boost to your personal decor. They’re typically easy to operate while providing tight light control, depending on your fabric. Drapes’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, which means they’re fairly weak in the energy efficiency category. Therefore, we often see draperies paired with Polywood shutters.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Cincinnati

Our team wants to make sure your great room is as great at is can be, so let’s work together. Give us a call at 513-216-9740 today to schedule your complimentary window design consultation. We’ll get a perfect measurement of your windows, and walk you through all the best options for beautiful great room window treatments.
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