Finding San Jose’s Best Great Room Window Coverings11/29/2016Curtis Orton Great home design is all about functionality. An increasing number of homeowners in San Jose are adopting the design philosophy that each piece of your home shouldn’t only look good, but also should serve a purpose as well. And if it might serve more than one function, even better! That’s why the great room has become widespread in homes, acting as a combined dining room, family room, living room, and more. A functional, flexible room should have those same traits in its window treatments. So let’s go over how to choose the optimal window covering for your great room, San Jose.Great Room Window Covering PrioritiesLight Control - Great rooms are typically the biggest room in your house, meaning they typically have the biggest windows. Because of that, it’s vital to have control over how much light comes through your windows so you have the ability to always set the perfect mood.Energy Efficiency - Similar to light, those oversized great room windows tend to allow heat to come in and out fairly easily. A window covering that blocks energy loss can go a long way to improving your comfort and slashing your energy bills.Looks - Because great rooms serve multiple functions, it’s most likely going to be the part of the home guests see most often. Leave a lasting impression with a beautiful window covering that fulfills the above mentioned functions as well.Ease of Use - Most great rooms reside in multi-story homes with open concepts, which can mean tall windows that are harder to operate. The ability to adjust your window coverings easily and quickly makes for a more functional space.So now that we have in mind some “must-haves,” which window treatments fulfill these needs?Great Room Plantation Shutters Photo Courtesy of Room ResolutionsCheck one, check two, check three, check four–plantation shutters pass our criteria with flying colors. Plantation shutters give you the most effective light control, with the adjustable louvers able to sit completely shut, open and any angle in the middle. In addition, they offer some of the most effective thermal protection available to your windows, and you have an energy efficient window covering that reduces energy transfer by almost half.Even if those windows are tall or sit high near the ceiling, 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 tilt rod. Lastly, plantation shutters offer all this practicality with the looks to impress any houseguest. Few furnishings can offer the same touch of class to your home as shutters.Other Window Options for Your Great RoomThough plantation shutters are our top recommendation for achieving all your great rooms’ needs, there are a couple of other options that can aid your home in many of those areas.Cellular Shades - Cellular (also known as “honeycomb”) shades can offer some dimming capabilities and decent insulation, all while giving you a range of colors to pick from to accentuate your space. If you purchase motorized shades, they can also be installed on out of reach windows for easy opening and closing. Drapes - Top-to-bottom drapes in a San Jose great room can be a stunning enhancement to your interior decor. They’re usually easy to draw and close while giving you great light control, depending on the material. Draperies’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, so they’re fairly weak in the energy efficiency category. Because of that, you typically see drapes paired with Polywood shutters.Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, San JoseWe want to help you make your great room even greater, so let’s get started. Give us a call at 408-831-3373 today to schedule your complimentary window design appointment. We’ll get measurements for your windows, and show you all Sunburst’s options for fantastic great room window treatments.