Choosing Detroit’s Best Great Room Window Treatments11/29/2016Steve Hill Effective home design hinges on functionality. More and more homeowners in Detroit are adopting the design philosophy that every piece of your home shouldn’t only look appealing, but also should serve a purpose as well. And if it is able to serve more than one function, even better! That’s why the great room has become more common in homes, acting as a combined living room, dining room, family room, and more. A functional, multi-purpose space should have those same traits in its window treatments. So let’s learn how to pick the perfect window treatment for your great room, Detroit.Great Room Window Covering NeedsLight Control - Great rooms are usually the largest room in the home, meaning they typically have the largest windows. Therefore, it’s important to be able to control how much light comes through your windows so you can always set the perfect mood.Energy Efficiency - As with light, those oversized great room windows tend to allow heat to come in and out without much of a fight. A window covering that reduces energy loss can do a lot to enhancing your comfort and decreasing your utility bills.Looks - Because the great room serves multiple functions, it’s usually going to be the part of the home guests see more than any other. Leave a lasting impression with a gorgeous window covering that accomplishes 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 more difficult to operate. The ability to easily and quickly operate your window coverings can make for a better functioning space.So now that we have our list of “must-haves,” which window coverings fulfill these needs?Great Room Plantation Shutters Photo Courtesy of Room ResolutionsCheck, check, check, and check–plantation shutters pass our criteria easily. Plantation shutters offer the most discerning light control, with the adjustable louvers able to sit fully open, completely closed, and every angle in between. In addition, they offer some of the greatest thermal protection available to your windows, and you’re left with an energy efficient window treatment which can reduce heat transfer by nearly 46%.Even if those windows sit high on the wall or are very tall, shutters are still easy to use, with the use of an adjustment pole that telescopes out and gives you easy access to the tilt rod. Lastly, plantation shutters offer all this versatility with the looks to impress any houseguest. Not many furnishings can add the same sense of class to your house as shutters.Other Great Room Window CoveringsAlthough plantation shutters are our first recommendation for achieving all your great rooms’ needs, there are a couple of other options that can aid your home in some of those areas.Cellular Shades - Cellular (also known as “honeycomb”) shades can offer some dimming capabilities and decent insulation, all while offering a wide array of colors to pick from to match your space. If you pick motorized shades, they can also be installed on hard-to-reach windows for easy opening and closing. Drapes - Wall-to-wall drapes in a Detroit great room can be a dazzling addition to your home decor. Drapes are usually easy to operate while giving you effective light control, depending on the material. Draperies’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack though, so they’re fairly weak in the area of energy efficiency. For that reason, it’s common to see Polywood shutters paired with drapes.Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, DetroitOur team wants to help you make your great room even greater, so let’s talk. Call us at 248-429-9294 today to schedule your free in-home design consultation. We’ll get a perfect measurement of your windows, and show you all Sunburst’s options for beautiful great room window treatments.