Plantation shutters in a great room

Picking the Perfect Great Room Window Treatments in Boise

November 29, 2016

Great home design is all about functionality. More than ever, homeowners in Boise are subscribing to the design philosophy that every element of your home should not only look great, but also should serve a purpose as well. And if it is able to serve multiple functions, even better! That’s why the great room has become a more common fixture in homes, acting as a blend of a family room, dining room, living room, and more.

Boise great room with wall-mounted TV and arched windows. 

A practical, multi-purpose space should have those same qualities in its window coverings. So let’s take a look at how to find the perfect window covering for your great room, Boise.

Great Room Window Covering Needs

Light Control - Great rooms are typically the largest room in your house, meaning they usually have the biggest windows. Because of that, it’s important to have control over the amount of light that comes through your windows so you’re able to ignore the outdoor weather when setting your perfect mood.

Energy Efficiency - As with light, those big great room windows tend to let heat in and out fairly easily. A window covering that blocks energy loss can go a long way to improving your comfort and decreasing your utility bills.

Looks - Because the great room serves more than one function, it’s usually going to be the part of the home guests see more than any other. Leave a long-term impression with a gorgeous window treatment that fulfills the above mentioned functions as well.

Usability - Many great rooms are in multi-story homes with open concepts, which can mean tall windows that are a hassle to operate. Being able to operate your window coverings easily and quickly can make for a better functioning space.

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

Great Room Plantation Shutters

Boise great room with white shutters and leather furniture.

Check one, check two, check three, check four–plantation shutters pass our criteria 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 get an energy efficient window treatment that can reduce energy transfer by almost half.

And if your windows sit high on the wall or are very tall, plantation shutters are still easy to use, as we can provide an adjustment pole that telescopes out and can give you fast access to the tilting mechanism.

Lastly, plantation shutters add all this practicality with the looks to impress any guest. Very few furnishings can offer the same sense of casual elegance to a house as shutters.

Other Great Room Window Coverings

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

Cellular Shades - Cellular or “honeycomb” shades can offer some dimming capabilities and decent energy efficiency, all while offering a variety of colors to choose from to accentuate your space. If you purchase motorized shades, they can also be placed on out of reach windows for easy operation.

Boise great room with wood blinds and floor to ceiling drapes. 

Drapes - Top-to-bottom draperies in a Boise great room can be a dazzling boost to your home design. Draperies are usually easy to operate while providing tight light control, depending on the fabric. Drapes’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, making them fairly unimpressive in the energy efficiency category. For that reason, it’s common to see Polywood shutters paired with draperies.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Boise

Our team wants to help you make your great room even greater, so let’s talk. Drop us a line at 208-609-9129 today to set up your free window design consultation. We’ll get a perfect measurement of your windows, and walk you through all the best options for fantastic great room window treatments.
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