Finding Boston’s Perfect Great Room Window Treatments

Holly Perron

Great home design is all about functionality. More and more homeowners in Boston are subscribing to the design philosophy that every part of your home shouldn’t only look appealing, it should serve a purpose as well. And if it is able to serve more than a single purpose, even better! That’s why great rooms have become a more common fixture in homes, serving as a combo family room, dining room, living room, and more.

Boston great room with mounted TV and arc windows. 

A practical, versatile room needs those same traits in its window treatments. So let’s talk about how to choose the perfect window treatment for your great room, Boston.

Great Room Window Treatment Needs

Light Control - Great rooms tend to be the biggest room in your house, meaning they most likely have the biggest windows. Therefore, it’s vital to have control over how much light comes through your windows so you can set the mood in your space regardless of the weather outside.

Energy Efficiency - Similar to light, those big great room windows tend to allow heat to come in and out without much of a fight. A window treatment that reduces energy loss can go a long way to maximizing your comfort and slashing your home utility bills.

Looks - Since great rooms serve multiple functions, it’s frequently going to be the part of the home guests see more than any other. Leave a long-term impression with a stunning window treatment that fulfills the above mentioned functions too.

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

So now that we have our list of “must-haves,” which window coverings accomplish them?

Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows

Boston great room with classic shutters and leather furniture. Photo Courtesy of Room Resolutions

Check, double check, quadruple check–plantation shutters pass our criteria with flying colors. Plantation shutters offer the most discerning light control, with the adjustable louvers’ ability to stay fully open, completely closed, and every angle in between. In addition, they offer some of the most effective thermal protection your windows can get, and you have an energy efficient window covering which reduces energy transfer by almost half.

Even if your windows sit high on the wall or are very tall, they’re still easy to use, with the use of an adjustment pole that telescopes out and can give you quick access to the tilt rod.

Last but not least, plantation shutters give you all this practicality with the looks that are sure to impress any houseguest. Very few furnishings can offer the same sense of beauty to your home as shutters.

Other Window Coverings for Your Great Room

Although plantation shutters are the first recommendation for fulfilling all your great rooms’ needs, there are a number of other window treatments that can help out in some of those categories.

Cellular Shades - Cellular or “honeycomb” shades can offer some light control and decent energy efficiency, all while giving you a wide array of colors to choose from to go with your space. If you opt for motorized shades, they can also be put on out of reach windows for easy adjustment.

Boston great room with wooden blinds and floor to ceiling draperies. 

Draperies - Wall-to-wall draperies in a Boston great room can be a stunning enhancement to your home design. Draperies are fairly easy to operate while giving you great light control, depending on your fabric. Their heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, which means they’re fairly unimpressive in the area of energy efficiency. Because of that, you typically see draperies paired with Polywood shutters.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Boston

We want to help you make your great room even greater, so let’s talk. Give us a call at 781-352-2205 today to schedule your free home design appointment. We’ll measure your windows, and show you all Sunburst’s options for fantastic great room window coverings.