Picking Fort Myers’s Perfect Great Room Window Coverings11/29/2016Charlie Cole and Brady Parker Great home design is based on functionality. More than ever, homeowners in Fort Myers are subscribing to the design mantra that every piece of your home shouldn’t only look good, it should serve a function too. And if it might serve more than a single purpose, even better! That’s why the great room has become more common in homes, serving as a combined dining room, family room, living room, and more. A useful, versatile space should have those same qualities in its window coverings. So let’s take a look at how to pick the perfect window covering for your great room, Fort Myers.Great Room Window Covering NeedsLight Control - Great rooms are usually the biggest room in the home, which means that they most likely have the biggest windows. That means it’s important to have total control of the amount of light that comes into your home so you can ignore the outdoor weather when setting your perfect mood.Energy Efficiency - Similar to light, those big great room windows will let heat in and out fairly easily. A window treatment that reduces energy loss can go a long way to enhancing your comfort and decreasing your home utility bills.Beauty - Because great rooms serve a lot of functions, it’s frequently going to be the room guests see most often. Make a lasting impression with a stunning window covering that accomplishes the above mentioned functions as well.Ease of Use - Most great rooms are in open-concept, multiple story homes, which might mean high-ceiling windows that are a hassle to operate. Being able to adjust your window coverings easily and quickly makes for a better functioning space.So now that we have in mind some “must-haves,” which window treatments meet these criteria?Great Room Plantation Shutters Photo Courtesy of Room ResolutionsCheck, check, check, and check–plantation shutters pass our checklist for great room window treatments. Plantation shutters give you the most discerning light control, with the adjustable louvers which can be set totally open, closed, or anywhere in between. In addition, they offer some of the greatest thermal protection available to your windows, and you get an energy efficient window treatment that can reduce 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, with the use of an adjustment pole that telescopes out and can give you easy access to the tilt rod. Last but not least, plantation shutters give you all this versatility with the looks to impress any visitor. Few furnishings can offer the same sense of beauty to a home as shutters.Other Window Options for Great RoomsThough plantation shutters are our first recommendation for filling each of your great rooms’ needs, there are a few other window coverings that can help out in most of those categories.Cellular Shades - Cellular (also known as “honeycomb”) shades can offer some light control and decent insulating properties, all while offering a variety of colors to choose from to match your space. If you opt for motorized shades, they can also be put on out of reach windows for easy adjustment. Drapes - Wall-to-wall draperies in a Fort Myers great room can be a stunning addition to your interior decor. Drapes are typically easy to use while providing effective light control, depending on the material. Draperies’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, making them fairly weak in the energy efficiency category. Therefore, you typically see Polywood shutters paired with drapes.Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Fort MyersOur team wants to help you make the most of the space in your great room, so let’s work together. Drop us a line at 239-208-6577 today to schedule your free in-home design consultation. We’ll measure your windows, and walk you through all Sunburst’s options for stunning great room window treatments.