Choosing the Best Great Room Window Coverings in Philadelphia11/29/2016Holly Perron Great home design hinges on functionality. More and more homeowners in Philadelphia are subscribing to the design philosophy that each part of your home should not only look good, it should serve a function as well. And if it is able to serve more than one function, even better! That’s why the great room has become more common in homes, serving as a blend of a living room, dining room, family room, and more. A practical, flexible room needs those same qualities in its window coverings. So let’s go over how to pick the optimal window covering for your great room, Philadelphia. Great Room Window Covering Priorities Light Control - Great rooms are usually the largest room in your house, which means that they typically have the largest windows. Because of that, it’s important to have control over how much light comes into your home so you have the ability to ignore the outdoor weather when setting your perfect mood. Energy Efficiency - As with light, those oversized great room windows are going to let heat in and out without much of a fight. A window covering that impedes energy loss can do a lot to enhancing your comfort and decreasing your home utility bills. Style - Since the great room serves multiple functions, it’s typically going to be the room guests see more than any other. Create a long-term impression with a beautiful window treatment that fulfills the above mentioned functions as well. Ease of Operation - Many great rooms reside in open-concept, multiple story homes, which might mean tall windows that are a hassle to operate. The ability to adjust your window treatments easily and quickly can make for a more functional space. So now that we’ve gone over our “must-haves,” which window treatments fulfill these needs? Great Room Plantation Shutters Photo Courtesy of Room Resolutions Check, check, check, and check–plantation shutters pass our checklist for great room window treatments. Plantation shutters offer the most effective light control, with the adjustable louvers which can be set totally open, closed, or anywhere in between. Add to that some of the greatest thermal protection available to your windows, and you have an energy efficient window covering that can reduce energy transfer by nearly 46%. And if your windows sit high on the wall or are very tall, shutters are still easy to use, as we can provide an adjustment pole that telescopes out and can give you quick access to the tilt rod. Finally, plantation shutters offer all this practicality with the looks that are sure to impress any houseguest. Few furnishings can add the same touch of casual elegance to a home as shutters. Other Window Options for Great Rooms Though plantation shutters are our first suggestion for fulfilling each of your great rooms’ needs, there are a few other options that can aid your home in most of those areas. Cellular Shades - Cellular (AKA “honeycomb”) shades can offer some dimming capabilities and decent insulation, all while giving you a range of colors to pick from to complement your space. If you purchase motorized shades, they can also be installed on hard-to-reach windows for easy operation. Drapes - Wall-to-wall drapes in a Philadelphia great room can be a stunning addition to your home decor. They’re usually easy to use while giving you tight light control, depending on your fabric. Draperies’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, so they’re fairly unimpressive in the area of energy efficiency. Therefore, you typically see drapes paired with Polywood shutters. Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Philadelphia We want to make sure your great room is as great at is can be, so let’s work together. Call us at 215-874-4897 today to set up your complimentary in-home design appointment. We’ll get measurements for your windows, and walk you through all your options for fantastic great room window coverings.