Choosing Tampa’s Best Great Room Window Treatments11/29/2016Eric Ramsey Effective home design is all about functionality. More and more homeowners in Tampa are adopting the design philosophy that each element of your home should not only look appealing, it should serve a purpose too. And if it can serve more than a single purpose, even better! That’s why great rooms have become widespread in homes, acting as a combined family room, dining room, living room, and more. A useful, multi-purpose room 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, Tampa. Great Room Window Treatment Priorities Light Control - Great rooms are usually the largest room in your house, meaning they most likely have the largest windows. Because of that, it’s vital to have total control of the amount of light that comes into your home so you can ignore the outdoor weather when setting your perfect mood. Energy Efficiency - Just like with light, those oversized great room windows tend to let heat in and out without much of a fight. A window covering that blocks energy loss can go a long way to enhancing your comfort and decreasing your utility bills. Looks - Because great rooms serve multiple functions, it’s most likely going to be the part of the home guests see more than any other. Create a lasting impression with a stunning window covering that fulfills the functions mentioned above too. Ease of Use - Many great rooms reside in open-concept, multiple story homes, which might mean high-ceiling windows that are harder to operate. The ability to easily and quickly operate your window treatments can make for a more functional space. So now that we’ve gone over our “must-haves,” which window treatments fulfill these needs? Great Room Plantation Shutters Photo Courtesy of Room Resolutions Check, double check, quadruple check–plantation shutters pass our test easily. Plantation shutters offer the most discriminating light control, with the adjustable louvers’ ability to stay totally open, closed, or anywhere in between. Add to that some of the most effective thermal protection available to your windows, and you get an energy efficient window covering which can reduce energy transfer by almost half. Even if your windows are tall or sit high near the ceiling, they’re still easy to use, with the use of an adjustment pole that telescopes out and gives you quick access to the tilt rod. Lastly, plantation shutters give you all this versatility with the looks that are sure to impress any guest. Very few furnishings can add the same touch of casual elegance to your house as shutters. Other Great Room Window Options Although plantation shutters are our number one suggestion for filling all your great rooms’ needs, there are a couple of other window treatments 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 giving you a assortment of colors to pick from to match your space. If you opt for motorized shades, they can also be placed on out of reach windows for easy opening and closing. Drapes - Wall-to-wall drapes in a Tampa great room can be a dazzling enhancement to your personal decor. Draperies are fairly easy to use while providing tight light control, depending on the fabric. Drapes’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack though, so they’re fairly weak in the energy efficiency category. Therefore, it’s common to see draperies paired with Polywood shutters. Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Tampa We want to make sure your great room is as great at is can be, so let’s work together. Call us at 813-580-7288 today to schedule your free window design consultation. We’ll get a perfect measurement of your windows, and show you all Sunburst’s options for beautiful great room window coverings.