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Picking the Perfect Great Room Window Coverings in Fort Myers

November 29, 2016

Effective home design is based on functionality. More than ever, homeowners in Fort Myers are subscribing to the design mantra that every part of your home shouldn’t only look good, but also should serve a function too. And if it might serve more than a single purpose, even better! That’s why great rooms have become a more common fixture in homes, serving as a combined dining room, family room, living room, and more.

Fort Myers great room with mounted TV and high-ceiling windows. 

A useful, versatile space should have those same qualities in its window coverings. So let’s take a look at how to pick the best window covering for your great room, Fort Myers.

Great Room Window Treatment Needs

Light Control - Great rooms are typically the largest room in your house, which means that they tend to 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 always set the perfect mood.

Energy Efficiency - Just like with light, those big great room windows will let heat in and out fairly easily. A window treatment that blocks 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 the most. Make a lasting impression with a beautiful window covering that accomplishes the functions mentioned above as well.

Ease of Use - Most great rooms are in open-concept, multiple story homes, which might mean tall windows that are harder to operate. Being able to easily and quickly operate your window coverings 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

Fort Myers great room with classic shutters and modern lighting.

Check, check, check, and check–plantation shutters pass our checklist with flying colors. 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’re left with 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 fast 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 touch of beauty to a home as shutters.

Other Window Options for Great Rooms

Though 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 go with your space. If you pick motorized shades, they can also be put on out of reach windows for easy adjustment.

Fort Myers great room with wooden blinds and floor to ceiling drapes. 

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 draw and close while providing effective light control, depending on the material. Draperies’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, which means they’re fairly weak in the energy efficiency category. Therefore, you typically see Polywood shutters paired with drapes.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Fort Myers

Our 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 get measurements for your windows, and walk you through all Sunburst’s options for beautiful great room window treatments.