Picking the Perfect Great Room Window Treatments in Boise11/29/2016Spencer Madsen Effective home design is all about functionality. More and more 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 more than one purpose, even better! That’s why the great room has become more common in homes, acting as a combination of a family room, dining room, living room, and more. A useful, multi-purpose space should have those same qualities in its window coverings. So let’s take a look at how to find the best 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 always set the perfect mood. Energy Efficiency - As with light, those big great room windows are going 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 slashing your utility bills. Looks - Because the great room serves multiple functions, it’s usually going to be the space guests see more than any other. Make 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 harder to operate. Being able to easily and quickly operate your window treatments can make for a better functioning space. So now that we have in mind some “must-haves,” which window coverings meet these criteria? Great Room Plantation Shutters Photo Courtesy of Room Resolutions Check one, check two, check three, check four–plantation shutters pass our criteria for great room window treatments. Plantation shutters offer the most discriminating 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 nearly 46%. 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. Finally, plantation shutters offer all this versatility with the looks to impress any guest. Not many furnishings can offer the same touch of beauty to a house as shutters. Other Great Room Window Coverings Although plantation shutters are our first recommendation for filling 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 insulation, all while offering a variety of colors to choose from to accentuate your space. If you purchase motorized shades, they can also be installed on out of reach windows for easy operation. Drapes - Top-to-bottom draperies in a Boise great room can be a dazzling enhancement to your home design. Drapes are usually easy to use while providing tight light control, depending on the fabric. Drapes’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, which means they’re fairly unimpressive in the energy efficiency category. Because of that, we often 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 your options for fantastic great room window treatments.