Plantation shutters in a great room

Finding the Perfect Great Room Window Treatments in Boston

November 29, 2016

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

Boston great room with mounted television and high-ceiling windows. 

A useful, versatile room needs those same features in its window treatments. So let’s talk about how to pick the best 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. Because of that, it’s vital to have control over how much light comes through your windows so you’re able to 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 improving your comfort and decreasing your monthly bills.

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

Check, double check, quadruple check–plantation shutters pass our criteria for great room window treatments. Plantation shutters offer the most discerning light control, with the adjustable louvers able to sit 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 have some height to them, shutters are 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 versatility with the looks that are sure to impress any houseguest. Not many furnishings can offer the same sense of casual elegance to your home as shutters.

Other Window Coverings for Your Great Room

Although plantation shutters are the first recommendation for filling each of your great rooms’ needs, there are a number of other window coverings that can help out in many of those categories.

Cellular Shades - Cellular (AKA “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 pick 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. 

Drapes - Wall-to-wall draperies in a Boston great room can be a stunning boost to your interior design. Drapes are usually easy to use while giving you effective light control, depending on your fabric. Their heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, which means they’re fairly weak in the area of energy efficiency. For that reason, you typically see draperies paired with Polywood shutters.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Boston

We want to make sure your great room is as great at is can be, 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.
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