Picking Dallas’s Perfect Great Room Window Treatments11/29/2016Collins Jones Contemporary home design hinges on functionality. More and more homeowners in Dallas are adopting the design mantra that every part of your home shouldn’t only look good, it should serve a purpose as well. And if it might serve more than one purpose, even better! That’s why great rooms have become more common in homes, serving as a combination of a family room, living room, dining room, and more. A useful, multi-purpose space should have those same traits in its window treatments. So let’s go over how to pick the perfect window covering for your great room, Dallas.Great Room Window Treatment PrioritiesLight Control - Great rooms tend to be the largest room in the home, which means that they typically have the largest windows. Because of that, it’s important to be able to control the amount of light that comes into your home so you can set your perfect mood no matter the sun’s plans.Energy Efficiency - Similar to light, those big great room windows are going to let heat in and out fairly easily. A window treatment that reduces energy loss can do a lot to enhancing your comfort and decreasing your energy bills.Looks - Since great rooms serve a lot of functions, it’s typically going to be the space guests see the most. Leave a lasting impression with a gorgeous window treatment that fulfills the aforementioned functions too.Usability - Many great rooms are in multi-story homes with open concepts, which can mean high-ceiling windows that are a hassle to operate. Being able to adjust your window treatments easily and quickly can make for a more functional space.So now that we have in mind some “must-haves,” which window treatments fulfill these needs?Great Room Plantation Shutters Photo Courtesy of Room ResolutionsCheck, double check, quadruple check–plantation shutters pass our test for great room window treatments. Plantation shutters offer the most discriminating light control, with the adjustable louvers able to sit completely shut, open and any angle in the middle. In addition, they offer some of the best thermal protection your windows can get, and you get an energy efficient window covering which reduces energy transfer by almost half.And if your windows have some height to them, they’re still easy to use, with the use of an adjustment pole that stretches out and collapses in and gives you easy access to the tilt rod. Finally, plantation shutters offer all this functionality with the looks to impress any houseguest. Not many furnishings can add the same feeling of casual elegance to a house as shutters.Other Window Options for Great RoomsThough plantation shutters are our first recommendation for fulfilling all your great rooms’ needs, there are a number of other options that can aid your home in most of those areas.Cellular Shades - Cellular or “honeycomb” shades can offer some light control and decent insulating properties, all while giving you a wide array of colors to pick from to accentuate your space. If you choose motorized shades, they can also be installed on out of reach windows for easy adjustment. Draperies - Top-to-bottom draperies in a Dallas great room can be a stunning addition to your interior decor. Drapes are fairly easy to use while giving you tight 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. For that reason, you typically see drapes paired with Polywood shutters.Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, DallasWe want to help you make your great room even greater, so let’s work together. Give us a call at 214-301-5066 today to schedule your free in-home design consultation. We’ll get a perfect measurement of your windows, and show you all the best options for fantastic great room window treatments.