Plantation shutters in a great room

Finding the Best Great Room Window Coverings in San Jose

November 29, 2016

Great home design is all about functionality. An increasing number of homeowners in San Jose are adopting the design philosophy that each part of your home shouldn’t only look good, but also should serve a purpose as well. And if it might serve multiple functions, 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.

San Jose great room with mounted TV and high-ceiling windows. 

A functional, flexible room should have those same features 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 Priorities

Light Control - Great rooms are usually the biggest room in the home, meaning they typically have the biggest windows. Because of that, it’s vital to be able to control how much light comes through your windows so you have the ability to ignore the outdoor weather when setting your perfect mood.

Energy Efficiency - Just like with 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 frequently going to be the part of the home guests see the most. 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 open and shut 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 accomplish them?

Great Room Plantation Shutters

San Jose great room with white shutters and modern lighting.

Check 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’ ability to stay 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 nearly 46%.

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 stretches out and collapses in and can give you fast 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 sense of class to your home as shutters.

Other Great Room Window Coverings

Though plantation shutters are our top recommendation for achieving all your great rooms’ needs, there are a few 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 placed on out of reach windows for easy operation.

San Jose great room with wooden blinds and full-length drapes. 

Drapes - Top-to-bottom drapes in a San Jose great room can be a stunning boost to your interior decor. They’re fairly easy to use while giving you effective light control, depending on the material. Drapes’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, so they’re fairly weak in the energy efficiency category. For that reason, you typically see Polywood shutters paired with draperies.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, San Jose

We want to make sure your great room is as great at is can be, so let’s work together. Give us a call at 916-542-1305 today to schedule your complimentary home design appointment. We’ll get measurements for your windows, and walk you through all Sunburst’s options for fantastic great room window treatments.
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