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Picking the Best Great Room Window Treatments in New Brunswick

November 29, 2016

Effective home design is all about functionality. An increasing number of homeowners in New Brunswick are subscribing to the design mantra that every part of your home shouldn’t only look great, but also should serve a function as well. And if it is able to serve more than one purpose, even better! That’s why great rooms have become more common in homes, acting as a blend of a family room, living room, dining room, and more.

New Brunswick great room with wall-mounted television and arched windows. 

A functional, versatile space should have those same qualities in its window treatments. So let’s learn how to pick the perfect window covering for your great room, New Brunswick.

Great Room Window Treatment Needs

Light Control - Great rooms are typically the biggest room in the home, which means that they usually have the largest windows. Therefore, it’s vital to have total control of the amount of light that comes into your home so you’re able to set your perfect mood no matter the sun’s plans.

Energy Efficiency - Just like with light, those large great room windows tend to allow heat to come in and out fairly easily. A window treatment that blocks energy loss can do a lot to enhancing your comfort and saving you money on your monthly bills.

Looks - Because the great room serves a lot of functions, it’s usually going to be the part of the home guests see the most. Leave a lasting impression with a gorgeous window treatment that accomplishes the aforementioned functions as well.

Ease of Use - Many great rooms are in multi-story homes with open concepts, which can mean tall windows that are a hassle to operate. The ability to easily and quickly operate your window coverings makes for a better functioning space.

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

Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows

New Brunswick great room with white shutters and tile floor.

Check one, check two, check three, check four–plantation shutters pass our test easily. Plantation shutters offer the most discriminating 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 greatest thermal protection available to your windows, and you get an energy efficient window covering that can reduce heat transfer by nearly 46%.

And if those windows are tall or sit high near the ceiling, shutters are still easy to use, with a provided adjustment pole that stretches out and collapses in and can give you quick access to the tilt rod.

Finally, plantation shutters offer all this versatility with the looks to impress any houseguest. Few furnishings can offer the same sense of beauty to a home as shutters.

Other Window Coverings for Your Great Room

Although plantation shutters are our first suggestion for fulfilling all your great rooms’ needs, there are a couple of other options that can aid your home in many of those categories.

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

New Brunswick great room with wooden blinds and full-length draperies. 

Drapes - Wall-to-wall drapes in a New Brunswick great room can be a stunning enhancement to your home decor. Drapes are typically easy to draw and shut while giving you tight light control, depending on the material. Draperies’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack though, making them fairly weak in the energy efficiency category. Because of that, we often see draperies paired with Polywood shutters.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, New Brunswick

We want to make sure your great room is as great at is can be, so let’s work together. Give us a call at 732-301-6168 today to schedule your free in-home design appointment. We’ll get a perfect measurement of your windows, and walk you through all the best options for stunning great room window coverings.