Finding Jacksonville’s Perfect Great Room Window Coverings11/29/2016Trevis Bruce Great home design hinges on functionality. More than ever, homeowners in Jacksonville are adopting the design philosophy that each piece of your home shouldn’t only look appealing, it should serve a purpose too. And if it is able to serve multiple functions, even better! That’s why great rooms have become a more common fixture in homes, serving as a blend of a dining room, family room, living room, and more. A useful, flexible space should have those same traits in its window treatments. So let’s talk about how to choose the best window covering for your great room, Jacksonville.Great Room Window Treatment PrioritiesLight Control - Great rooms tend to be the largest room in a given home, which means that they usually have the largest windows. Because of that, it’s important to have total control of how much light comes into your home so you’re able to set the mood in your space regardless of the weather outside.Energy Efficiency - Just like with light, those big great room windows are going to let heat in and out fairly easily. A window treatment that impedes energy loss can do a lot to enhancing your comfort and slashing your utility bills.Looks - Since great rooms serve a lot of functions, it’s most likely going to be the space guests see most often. Leave a lasting impression with a beautiful window covering that accomplishes the aforementioned functions too.Ease of Use - Many great rooms are in open-concept, multiple story homes, which might mean tall windows that are harder to operate. Being able to operate your window coverings easily and quickly makes for a more functional space.So now that we have in mind some “must-haves,” which window treatments meet these criteria?Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows Photo Courtesy of Room ResolutionsCheck, double check, quadruple check–plantation shutters pass our checklist for great room window treatments. Plantation shutters give you the most discerning light control, with the adjustable louvers’ ability to stay fully open, completely closed, and every angle in between. Add to that some of the most effective thermal protection available to your windows, and you’re left with an energy efficient window covering which reduces heat transfer by 45.96%.Even if those windows are tall or sit high near the ceiling, plantation shutters are still easy to use, with the use of an adjustment pole that stretches out and collapses in and can give you quick access to the tilting mechanism. Lastly, plantation shutters add all this versatility with the looks that are sure to impress any visitor. Few furnishings can add the same feeling of casual elegance to a house as shutters.Other Great Room Window CoveringsThough plantation shutters are the first recommendation for fulfilling each of your great rooms’ needs, there are a couple of other window treatments that can help out in many of those categories.Cellular Shades - Cellular (AKA “honeycomb”) shades can offer some dimming capabilities and decent insulating properties, all while offering a range of colors to pick from to go with your space. If you opt for motorized shades, they can also be put on out of reach windows for easy adjustment. Draperies - Wall-to-wall draperies in a Jacksonville great room can be a stunning boost to your personal decor. Drapes are fairly easy to operate while giving you tight light control, depending on the material. Draperies’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack though, making them fairly weak in the energy efficiency category. For that reason, you typically see drapes paired with Polywood shutters.Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, JacksonvilleWe want to help you make your great room even greater, so let’s get started. Drop us a line at 904-289-1663 today to set up your complimentary window design appointment. We’ll get a perfect measurement of your windows, and show you all Sunburst’s options for beautiful great room window treatments.