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Picking the Perfect Great Room Window Treatments in Dallas

November 29, 2016

Contemporary home design is all about functionality. More and more homeowners in Dallas are adopting the design mantra that each 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 blend of a living room, dining room, family room, and more.

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

A practical, multi-purpose space should have those same traits in its window treatments. So let’s go over how to choose the best window covering for your great room, Dallas.

Great Room Window Treatment Priorities

Light 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 have control over the amount of light that comes into your home so you’re able to set your perfect mood no matter the sun’s plans.

Energy Efficiency - Just like with light, those big great room windows tend 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.

Beauty - Since great rooms serve a lot of functions, it’s typically going to be the part of the home guests see the most. Make a lasting impression with a gorgeous window covering that fulfills the aforementioned functions too.

Ease of Use - Many great rooms are in multi-story homes with open concepts, which can mean high-ceiling windows that are harder 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

Dallas great room with plantation shutters and tile floor.

Check, check, check, and check–plantation shutters pass our checklist with flying colors. Plantation shutters offer the most effective 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’re left with an energy efficient window covering which reduces energy transfer by nearly 46%.

And 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 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. Very few furnishings can add the same feeling of beauty to a house as shutters.

Other Window Options for Great Rooms

Though 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 (AKA “honeycomb”) shades can offer some dimming capabilities 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 placed on out of reach windows for easy adjustment.

Dallas great room with wooden blinds and full-length drapes. 

Draperies - Floor to ceiling draperies in a Dallas great room can be a stunning addition to your home decor. Drapes are usually 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 weak in the area of energy efficiency. Because of that, you typically see drapes paired with Polywood shutters.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Dallas

We 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.