Picking the Best Great Room Window Treatments in New Brunswick11/29/2016Mike Horn Effective home design hinges on 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 appealing, but also should serve a function as well. And if it is able to serve multiple purposes, 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. A functional, versatile space should have those same qualities in its window treatments. So let’s go over how to pick the best 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. Because of that, it’s vital to have total control of the amount of light that comes into your home so you can set your perfect mood no matter the sun’s plans. Energy Efficiency - Just like with light, those oversized great room windows are going to allow heat to come in and out fairly easily. A window treatment that reduces energy loss can do a lot to enhancing your comfort and saving you money on your monthly bills. Beauty - Because the great room serves a lot of functions, it’s usually going to be the space guests see the most. Make 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 harder to operate. The ability to operate your window treatments easily and quickly makes for a better functioning space. So now that we have in mind some “must-haves,” which window treatments meet these criteria? Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows Photo Courtesy of Room Resolutions Check one, check two, check three, check four–plantation shutters pass our checklist easily. Plantation shutters offer the most discriminating light control, with the adjustable louvers’ ability to stay 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 almost half. And if those windows are tall or sit high near the ceiling, they’re still easy to use, as we can provide an adjustment pole that stretches out and collapses in and can give you quick access to the tilt rod. Lastly, plantation shutters add all this versatility with the looks to impress any houseguest. Few furnishings can offer the same touch of beauty to a home as shutters. Other Great Room Window Treatments Although plantation shutters are our number one suggestion for filling 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. Drapes - Wall-to-wall drapes in a New Brunswick great room can be a stunning boost to your interior decor. Draperies 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, it’s common to see draperies paired with Polywood shutters. Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, New Brunswick We want to help you make your great room even greater, 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 your options for beautiful great room window coverings.