Picking San Antonio’s Best Great Room Window Treatments11/29/2016Tyler Jorgensen Great home design is based on functionality. More than ever, homeowners in San Antonio are subscribing to the design philosophy that every part of your home shouldn’t only look good, it should serve a function as well. And if it is able to serve more than one purpose, even better! That’s why the great room has become widespread in homes, acting as a combo dining room, family room, living room, and more. A practical, flexible space needs those same traits in its window coverings. So let’s go over how to find the perfect window treatment for your great room, San Antonio.Great Room Window Treatment PrioritiesLight Control - Great rooms are usually the largest room in the home, meaning they typically have the biggest windows. Therefore, it’s vital to be able to control the amount of light that comes into your home so you’re able to set the mood in your space regardless of the weather outside.Energy Efficiency - As with light, those large great room windows tend to allow heat to come in and out without much of a fight. A window covering that blocks energy loss can do a lot to improving your comfort and decreasing your utility bills.Beauty - Since the great room serves multiple functions, it’s typically going to be the room guests see more than any other. Leave a lasting impression with a gorgeous window covering that accomplishes the aforementioned functions too.Usability - Many great rooms reside in open-concept, multiple story homes, which might mean high-ceiling windows that are a hassle to operate. Being able to open and shut your window coverings easily and quickly makes for a better functioning 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 one, check two, check three, check four–plantation shutters pass our criteria easily. Plantation shutters give you the most effective light control, with the adjustable louvers able to sit fully open, completely closed, and every angle in between. Add to that some of the best thermal protection available to your windows, and you have an energy efficient window treatment that can reduce energy transfer by 45.96%.Even if those windows sit high on the wall or are very tall, shutters are still easy to use, as we can provide an adjustment pole that stretches out and collapses in and gives you easy access to the tilting mechanism. Lastly, plantation shutters add all this functionality with the looks to impress any visitor. Not many furnishings can add the same touch of casual elegance to a house as shutters.Other Great Room Window TreatmentsThough plantation shutters are our first suggestion for filling each of your great rooms’ needs, there are a couple of other options that can help out in some of those categories.Cellular Shades - Cellular (also known as “honeycomb”) shades can offer some light control and decent insulating properties, all while giving you a range of colors to pick from to go with your space. If you pick motorized shades, they can also be installed on out of reach windows for easy adjustment. Draperies - Floor to ceiling draperies in a San Antonio great room can be a stunning enhancement to your interior decor. Draperies are typically easy to open and close while providing tight light control, depending on your material. Drapes’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack though, making them fairly unimpressive in the energy efficiency category. Because of that, you typically see drapes paired with Polywood shutters.Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, San AntonioWe want to help you make the most of the space in your great room, so let’s work together. Drop us a line at 210-876-0377 today to set up your complimentary home design appointment. We’ll get measurements for your windows, and walk you through all your options for fantastic great room window treatments.