Choosing Oklahoma City’s Best Great Room Window Coverings11/29/2016Tyler Jorgensen Effective home design hinges on functionality. More than ever, homeowners in Oklahoma City are subscribing to the design mantra that every part of your home should not only look good, but also should serve a purpose as well. And if it can serve more than one purpose, even better! That’s why great rooms have become a more common fixture in homes, acting as a combination of a living room, dining room, family room, and more. A functional, flexible space should have those same features in its window coverings. So let’s learn how to find the perfect window treatment for your great room, Oklahoma City. Great Room Window Treatment Needs Light Control - Great rooms tend to be the largest room in your house, meaning they usually have the biggest windows. Because of that, it’s important to have control over how much light comes through your windows so you’re able to ignore the outdoor weather when setting your perfect mood. Energy Efficiency - Similar to light, those large great room windows will allow heat to come in and out fairly easily. A window covering that reduces energy loss can go a long way to enhancing your comfort and saving you money on your energy bills. Looks - Since great rooms serve more than one function, it’s usually going to be the part of the home guests see more than any other. Make a lasting impression with a gorgeous window covering that accomplishes the aforementioned functions too. Usability - Most great rooms reside in multi-story homes with open concepts, which might mean tall windows that are harder to operate. Being able to adjust your window coverings easily and quickly can make for a more functional space. So now that we have our list of “must-haves,” which window treatments meet these criteria? Great Room Plantation Shutters Photo Courtesy of Room Resolutions Check, double check, quadruple check–plantation shutters pass our test for great room window treatments. Plantation shutters give you the most discriminating light control, with the adjustable louvers’ ability to stay totally open, closed, or anywhere in between. Add to that some of the best thermal protection available to your windows, and you have an energy efficient window treatment which reduces heat transfer by almost half. And if those windows sit high on the wall or are very tall, shutters are still easy to use, with a provided adjustment pole that telescopes out and can give you fast access to the tilting mechanism. Lastly, plantation shutters add all this practicality with the looks to impress any guest. Very few furnishings can offer the same touch of casual elegance to a home as shutters. Other Great Room Window Treatments Though plantation shutters are the first suggestion for fulfilling all your great rooms’ needs, there are a number of other options that can aid your home in most of those areas. Cellular Shades - Cellular (also known as “honeycomb”) shades can offer some light control and decent energy efficiency, all while giving you a range of colors to pick from to complement your space. If you purchase motorized shades, they can also be placed on out of reach windows for easy opening and closing. Drapes - Floor to ceiling drapes in a Oklahoma City great room can be a dazzling enhancement to your interior design. They’re fairly easy to use while providing effective light control, depending on the material. Draperies’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack though, so they’re fairly weak in the energy efficiency category. For that reason, it’s common to see Polywood shutters paired with drapes. Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Oklahoma City We want to help you make the most of the space in your great room, so let’s talk. Give us a call at 405-300-4664 today to schedule your free in-home design appointment. We’ll get measurements for your windows, and show you all Sunburst’s options for stunning great room window coverings.