Plantation shutters in a great room

Picking the Best Great Room Window Treatments in San Antonio

November 29, 2016

Great home design is based on functionality. More than ever, homeowners in San Antonio are subscribing to the design philosophy that every piece of your home shouldn’t only look good, but also should serve a function as well. And if it is able to serve more than a single purpose, even better! That’s why the great room has become widespread in homes, serving as a combo dining room, family room, living room, and more.

San Antonio great room with mounted television and arched windows. 

A practical, flexible space needs those same features in its window coverings. So let’s learn how to find the perfect window treatment for your great room, San Antonio.

Great Room Window Treatment Priorities

Light Control - Great rooms are usually the largest room in the home, meaning they typically have the biggest windows. Because of that, 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 oversized great room windows tend to allow heat to come in and out fairly easily. A window covering that reduces energy loss can do a lot to maximizing your comfort and slashing your utility bills.

Beauty - Because the great room serves multiple functions, it’s typically going to be the room guests see more than any other. Make a lasting impression with a gorgeous window covering that accomplishes the aforementioned functions too.

Ease of Use - 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 easily and quickly open and shut your window coverings makes for a better functioning space.

So now that we have in mind some “must-haves,” which window treatments accomplish them?

Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows

San Antonio great room with classic shutters and leather furniture.

Check one, check two, check three, check four–plantation shutters pass our criteria easily. Plantation shutters give you the most discriminating 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 have an energy efficient window treatment that can reduce energy transfer by 45.96%.

Even if those windows have some height to them, they’re still easy to use, as we can provide an adjustment pole that stretches out and collapses in and gives you fast access to the tilt rod.

Finally, plantation shutters add all this functionality with the looks to impress any visitor. Very few furnishings can offer the same sense of casual elegance to a house as shutters.

Other Great Room Window Treatments

Though plantation shutters are our first suggestion for filling all your great rooms’ needs, there are a couple of other options that can help out in many 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 opt for motorized shades, they can also be placed on out of reach windows for easy adjustment.

San Antonio great room with natural wood blinds and floor to ceiling drapes. 

Draperies - Floor to ceiling draperies in a San Antonio great room can be a stunning boost to your home decor. Drapes are typically easy to operate 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. For that reason, you typically see drapes paired with Polywood shutters.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, San Antonio

We want to help you make the most of the space in your great room, so let’s work together. Call us at 210-876-0377 today to set up your complimentary window design appointment. We’ll measure your windows, and walk you through all the best options for fantastic great room window treatments.
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