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Choosing the Perfect Great Room Window Coverings in Virginia Beach

November 29, 2016

Effective home design is all about functionality. An increasing number of homeowners in Virginia Beach are subscribing to the design philosophy that every element of your home should not only look good, but also should serve a function too. And if it is able to serve more than a single purpose, even better! That’s why the great room has become more common in homes, serving as a combined family room, dining room, living room, and more.

Virginia Beach great room with wall-mounted television and arc windows. 

A useful, versatile space needs those same features in its window treatments. So let’s take a look at how to pick the optimal window covering for your great room, Virginia Beach.

Great Room Window Treatment Needs

Light Control - Great rooms are usually the largest room in a given home, which means that they most likely have the biggest windows. Therefore, it’s important to have control over the amount of light that comes into your home so you have the ability to ignore the outdoor weather when setting your perfect mood.

Energy Efficiency - As with light, those big great room windows will let heat in and out fairly easily. A window covering that reduces energy loss can go a long way to improving your comfort and saving you money on your monthly bills.

Beauty - Because the great room serves more than one function, it’s usually going to be the space guests see most often. Make a lasting impression with a stunning window covering that fulfills the aforementioned functions too.

Usability - Many great rooms are in multi-story homes with open concepts, which might mean tall windows that are a hassle to operate. The ability to adjust your window treatments easily and quickly makes for a better functioning space.

So now that we’ve gone over our “must-haves,” which window coverings meet these criteria?

Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows

Virginia Beach great room with plantation shutters and tile floor.

Check, double check, quadruple check–plantation shutters pass our checklist easily. Plantation shutters offer the most discriminating light control, with the adjustable louvers which can be set completely shut, open and any angle in the middle. Add to that some of the best thermal protection your windows can get, and you get an energy efficient window covering that reduces heat transfer by 45.96%.

Even if your windows sit high on the wall or are very tall, plantation shutters are still easy to use, as we can provide an adjustment pole that stretches out and collapses in and can give you easy access to the tilting mechanism.

Finally, plantation shutters offer all this versatility with the looks that are sure to impress any visitor. Few furnishings can offer the same touch of casual elegance to your home as shutters.

Other Window Options for Your Great Room

Although plantation shutters are our number one suggestion for fulfilling each of your great rooms’ needs, there are a number of other window coverings that can help out in many of those categories.

Cellular Shades - Cellular (AKA “honeycomb”) shades can offer some dimming capabilities and decent energy efficiency, all while giving you a wide array of colors to pick from to go with your space. If you choose motorized shades, they can also be installed on out of reach windows for easy opening and closing.

Virginia Beach great room with wood blinds and floor to ceiling draperies. 

Drapes - Wall-to-wall drapes in a Virginia Beach great room can be a dazzling addition to your home decor. They’re usually easy to draw and shut while providing great light control, depending on the fabric. Their 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 draperies paired with Polywood shutters.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Virginia Beach

Our team wants to make sure your great room is as great at is can be, so let’s get started. Give us a call at 757-210-6448 today to schedule your free in-home design appointment. We’ll get a perfect measurement of your windows, and show you all the best options for beautiful great room window coverings.