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Choosing the Best Great Room Window Treatments in Detroit

November 29, 2016

Effective home design is all about 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 can serve multiple functions, 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.

Detroit great room with mounted TV and high-ceiling windows. 

A functional, multi-purpose space should have those same traits in its window treatments. So let’s learn how to choose the perfect window treatment for your great room, Detroit.

Great Room Window Covering Priorities

Light Control - Great rooms are usually the largest room in your house, meaning they typically have the largest windows. Because of that, it’s important to have total control of how much light comes through your windows so you can ignore the outdoor weather when setting your 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 slashing 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 above mentioned functions too.

Usability - 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 operate your window treatments easily and quickly 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

Detroit great room with classic shutters and leather furniture.

Check, check, check, and check–plantation shutters pass our criteria easily. Plantation shutters offer the most discerning light control, with the adjustable louvers’ ability to stay 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 almost half.

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 add all this versatility with the looks to impress any houseguest. Not many furnishings can offer the same sense of class to your house as shutters.

Other Window Coverings for Your Great Room

Although plantation shutters are our number one recommendation for achieving each of your great rooms’ needs, there are a few 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 energy efficiency, all while offering a wide array of colors to pick from to match your space. If you opt for motorized shades, they can also be installed on hard-to-reach windows for easy operation.

Detroit great room with wood blinds and floor to ceiling draperies. 

Drapes - Wall-to-wall drapes in a Detroit great room can be a dazzling addition to your home decor. Drapes are fairly easy to use while giving you great light control, depending on the fabric. Drapes’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack though, so they’re fairly weak in the area of energy efficiency. For that reason, we often see drapes paired with Polywood shutters.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Detroit

Our team wants to make sure your great room is as great at is can be, 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 stunning great room window treatments.