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Picking the Best Great Room Window Treatments in Washington DC

November 29, 2016

Effective home design is all about functionality. More than ever, homeowners in Washington DC are adopting the design philosophy that every element of your home should not only look great, but also should serve a purpose as well. And if it is able to serve more than a single purpose, even better! That’s why the great room has become a more common fixture in homes, serving as a combined living room, dining room, family room, and more.

Washington DC great room with wall-mounted television and arc windows. 

A useful, flexible space needs those same features in its window treatments. So let’s talk about how to find the perfect window treatment for your great room, Washington DC.

Great Room Window Covering Needs

Light Control - Great rooms tend to be the biggest room in a given home, which means that they tend to have the biggest windows. That means it’s vital to have total control of how much light comes into your home so you can set the mood in your space regardless of the weather outside.

Energy Efficiency - Similar to light, those big great room windows tend to allow heat to come in and out without much of a fight. A window covering that impedes energy loss can do a lot to maximizing your comfort and saving you money on your home utility bills.

Looks - Because great rooms serve more than one function, it’s most likely going to be the room guests see most often. Create a long-term impression with a stunning window covering that fulfills the aforementioned functions as well.

Ease of Operation - Many great rooms are in multi-story homes with open concepts, which might mean high-ceiling windows that are more difficult to operate. The ability to operate your window treatments easily and quickly makes for a better functioning space.

So now that we have in mind some “must-haves,” which window treatments fulfill these needs?

Great Room Plantation Shutters

Washington DC great room with classic shutters and tile floor.

Check, double check, quadruple check–plantation shutters pass our criteria with flying colors. 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. In addition, they offer some of the most effective thermal protection available to your windows, and you have an energy efficient window treatment that can reduce heat transfer by 45.96%.

And if your 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 easy access to the tilt rod.

Finally, plantation shutters give you all this versatility with the looks that are sure to impress any guest. Few furnishings can add the same sense of casual elegance to your house as shutters.

Other Window Treatments for Your Great Room

Although plantation shutters are our top recommendation for fulfilling all your great rooms’ needs, there are a few other window treatments that can help out in many of those categories.

Cellular Shades - Cellular (also known as “honeycomb”) shades can offer some light control and decent insulation, all while giving you a variety of colors to pick from to accentuate your space. If you choose motorized shades, they can also be placed on out of reach windows for easy adjustment.

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

Drapes - Top-to-bottom drapes in a Washington DC great room can be a dazzling enhancement to your interior decor. They’re fairly easy to draw and shut while giving you effective light control, depending on the material. Their 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, Washington DC

We want to make sure your great room is as great at is can be, so let’s work together. Call us at 240-339-2588 today to set up your free window design consultation. We’ll measure your windows, and walk you through all the best options for fantastic great room window treatments.