Picking the Perfect Great Room Window Coverings in New York City11/29/2016Dennis Rooney Great home design hinges on functionality. More than ever, homeowners in New York City are adopting the design mantra that every part of your home should not only look good, but also should serve a purpose too. And if it might serve more than one function, even better! That’s why the great room has become a more common fixture in homes, acting as a combined living room, dining room, family room, and more. A useful, versatile space needs those same features in its window treatments. So let’s take a look at how to pick the optimal window covering for your great room, New York City. Great Room Window Treatment Priorities Light Control - Great rooms tend to be the biggest room in the home, meaning they usually have the biggest windows. That means it’s important to be able to control the amount of light that comes through your windows so you have the ability to always set the 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 impedes energy loss can do a lot to improving your comfort and decreasing your energy bills. Style - Since great rooms serve multiple functions, it’s frequently going to be the part of the home guests see the most. Make a lasting impression with a beautiful window covering that fulfills the functions mentioned above too. Ease of Use - Many great rooms are in multi-story homes with open concepts, which can mean tall windows that are a hassle to operate. The ability to easily and quickly operate your window coverings makes for a more functional space. So now that we have in mind some “must-haves,” which window coverings accomplish them? Great Room Plantation Shutters Photo Courtesy of Room Resolutions Check one, check two, check three, check four–plantation shutters pass our checklist with flying colors. Plantation shutters offer the most discerning light control, with the adjustable louvers which can be set 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 treatment which can reduce energy transfer by nearly 46%. And 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 gives you quick access to the tilt rod. Finally, plantation shutters give you all this practicality with the looks to impress any houseguest. Few furnishings can offer the same sense of beauty to your house as shutters. Other Window Coverings for Great Rooms Though plantation shutters are the top suggestion for filling all your great rooms’ needs, there are a number of other options that can help out in some of those areas. Cellular Shades - Cellular (also known as “honeycomb”) shades can offer some dimming capabilities and decent insulating properties, all while giving you a wide array of colors to pick from to go with your space. If you pick motorized shades, they can also be placed on out of reach windows for easy operation. Drapes - Top-to-bottom draperies in a New York City great room can be a dazzling boost to your home design. Draperies are typically easy to operate while giving you tight light control, depending on the material. Their heat-blocking ability is where they lack though, making them fairly weak in the energy efficiency category. For that reason, it’s common to see drapes paired with Polywood shutters. Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, New York City We want to help you make the most of the space in your great room, so let’s talk. Call us at 631-246-3930 today to set up your complimentary home design consultation. We’ll get measurements for your windows, and show you all the best options for stunning great room window treatments.