Choosing Fort Lauderdale’s Best Great Room Window Treatments11/29/2016Danielle Micich Contemporary home design is all about functionality. An increasing number of homeowners in Fort Lauderdale are adopting the design philosophy that every piece of your home shouldn’t only look good, but also should serve a purpose as well. And if it is able to serve multiple functions, even better! That’s why great rooms have become a more common fixture in homes, acting as a combo family room, living room, dining room, and more. A practical, versatile space should have those same features in its window coverings. So let’s talk about how to pick the optimal window treatment for your great room, Fort Lauderdale.Great Room Window Treatment NeedsLight Control - Great rooms are typically the biggest room in a given home, which means that they typically have the largest windows. Because of that, it’s important to have total control of the amount of light that comes through your windows so you’re able to always set the perfect mood.Energy Efficiency - As with light, those large great room windows are going to allow heat to come in and out without much of a fight. A window treatment that impedes energy loss can do a lot to enhancing your comfort and decreasing your home utility bills.Looks - Since the great room serves more than one function, it’s frequently going to be the part of the home guests see more than any other. Leave a lasting impression with a stunning window covering that accomplishes the above mentioned functions as well.Ease of Operation - Many great rooms reside in multi-story homes with open concepts, which might mean high-ceiling windows that are harder to operate. The ability to open and shut your window treatments easily and quickly makes for a more functional space.So now that we’ve gone over our “must-haves,” which window treatments fulfill these needs?Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows Photo Courtesy of Room ResolutionsCheck one, check two, check three, check four–plantation shutters pass our test easily. Plantation shutters give you the most discerning light control, with the adjustable louvers able to sit totally open, closed, or anywhere in between. Add to that some of the best thermal protection your windows can get, and you have an energy efficient window treatment which can reduce energy transfer by 45.96%.Even if those windows are tall or sit high near the ceiling, plantation shutters are still easy to use, with a provided adjustment pole that telescopes out and can give you fast access to the tilt rod. Last but not least, plantation shutters offer all this versatility with the looks to impress any guest. Not many furnishings can offer the same feeling of casual elegance to a home as shutters.Other Window Treatments for Your Great RoomThough plantation shutters are the top suggestion for achieving all your great rooms’ needs, there are a couple of other window coverings that can help out in most of those categories.Cellular Shades - Cellular (AKA “honeycomb”) shades can offer some dimming capabilities and decent insulation, all while giving you a assortment 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. Drapes - Wall-to-wall draperies in a Fort Lauderdale great room can be a dazzling enhancement to your home decor. They’re usually easy to use while providing effective light control, depending on your material. Draperies’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack though, making them fairly weak in the area of energy efficiency. Therefore, we often see draperies paired with Polywood shutters.Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Fort LauderdaleWe want to help you make the most of the space in your great room, so let’s work together. Give us a call at 561-440-8535 today to schedule your free home design appointment. We’ll get a perfect measurement of your windows, and show you all Sunburst’s options for beautiful great room window treatments.