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Finding the Perfect Great Room Window Treatments in Seattle

November 29, 2016

Contemporary home design hinges on functionality. More than ever, homeowners in Seattle are subscribing to the design mantra that every piece of your home should not only look appealing, it should serve a function as well. And if it can serve multiple purposes, even better! That’s why great rooms have become a more common fixture in homes, acting as a blend of a living room, dining room, family room, and more.

Seattle great room with mounted TV and arc windows. 

A functional, versatile room needs those same traits in its window coverings. So let’s take a look at how to find the best window covering for your great room, Seattle.

Great Room Window Covering Needs

Light Control - Great rooms tend to be the largest room in a given home, which means that they tend to have the largest windows. That means it’s vital to have total control of how much light comes through your windows so you’re able to 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 fairly easily. A window covering that impedes energy loss can do a lot to enhancing your comfort and saving you money on your energy bills.

Looks - Because great rooms serve multiple functions, it’s typically going to be the room guests see most often. Create a lasting impression with a beautiful window treatment that accomplishes the above mentioned functions too.

Usability - Most great rooms reside in open-concept, multiple story homes, which can mean high-ceiling windows that are more difficult to operate. The ability to operate your window coverings easily and quickly makes for a more functional space.

So now that we have our list of “must-haves,” which window coverings meet these criteria?

Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows

Seattle great room with classic shutters and leather furniture.

Check, double check, quadruple check–plantation shutters pass our criteria for great room window treatments. Plantation shutters give you the most discerning light control, with the adjustable louvers which can be set fully open, completely closed, and every angle in between. In addition, they offer some of the greatest thermal protection your windows can get, and you get an energy efficient window treatment which can reduce heat transfer by nearly 46%.

And if those windows sit high on the wall or are very tall, they’re still easy to use, as we can provide an adjustment pole that telescopes out and gives you quick access to the tilt rod.

Last but not least, plantation shutters add all this practicality with the looks that are sure to impress any guest. Very few furnishings can offer the same touch of casual elegance to your house as shutters.

Other Great Room Window Coverings

Though plantation shutters are our number one recommendation for achieving all your great rooms’ needs, there are a number of other window coverings that can help out in some of those areas.

Cellular Shades - Cellular or “honeycomb” shades can offer some light control and decent insulation, all while offering a wide array of colors to choose from to complement your space. If you choose motorized shades, they can also be installed on hard-to-reach windows for easy operation.

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

Drapes - Top-to-bottom drapes in a Seattle great room can be a dazzling enhancement to your interior decor. They’re fairly easy to operate while giving you great light control, depending on the material. Drapes’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, making them fairly unimpressive in the energy efficiency category. For that reason, it’s common to see drapes paired with Polywood shutters.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Seattle

We want to help you make the most of the space in your great room, so let’s talk. Give us a call at 360-464-2277 today to schedule your complimentary home design appointment. We’ll get a perfect measurement of your windows, and walk you through all Sunburst’s options for stunning great room window coverings.