Choosing Minneapolis’s Perfect Great Room Window Coverings11/29/2016George Christ Contemporary home design is all about functionality. More and more homeowners in Minneapolis are subscribing to the design philosophy that each piece of your home should not only look great, but also should serve a purpose too. And if it might serve more than one purpose, even better! That’s why great rooms have become a more common fixture in homes, serving as a combo family room, living room, dining room, and more. A useful, flexible space should have those same traits in its window treatments. So let’s go over how to pick the optimal window covering for your great room, Minneapolis.Great Room Window Treatment PrioritiesLight Control - Great rooms tend to be the largest room in the home, which means that they tend to have the biggest windows. Because of that, it’s vital to be able to control the amount of light that comes into your home so you can set the mood in your space regardless of the weather outside.Energy Efficiency - Similar to light, those large great room windows are going to allow heat to come in and out fairly easily. A window covering that impedes energy loss can do a lot to maximizing your comfort and saving you money on your home utility bills.Beauty - Since the great room serves multiple functions, it’s usually going to be the room guests see the most. Make a long-term impression with a stunning window covering that accomplishes the above mentioned functions too.Ease of Use - Many great rooms reside in multi-story homes with open concepts, which might mean high-ceiling windows that are a hassle to operate. The ability to easily and quickly open and shut your window coverings can make for a more functional space.So now that we’ve gone over our “must-haves,” which window coverings accomplish them?Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows Photo Courtesy of Room ResolutionsCheck, check, check, and check–plantation shutters pass our checklist for great room window treatments. Plantation shutters offer the most discriminating 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 best thermal protection your windows can get, and you have an energy efficient window treatment which reduces heat transfer by nearly 46%.Even if those windows have some height to them, they’re still easy to use, with the use of an adjustment pole that telescopes out and can give you fast access to the tilting mechanism. Last but not least, plantation shutters add all this versatility with the looks to impress any guest. Not many furnishings can add the same touch of class to your house as shutters.Other Great Room Window OptionsThough plantation shutters are our number one recommendation for filling each of your great rooms’ needs, there are a number of other window coverings that can help out in many of those areas.Cellular Shades - Cellular (also known as “honeycomb”) shades can offer some light control and decent energy efficiency, all while offering a variety of colors to pick from to go with your space. If you purchase motorized shades, they can also be installed on hard-to-reach windows for easy adjustment. Draperies - Top-to-bottom draperies in a Minneapolis great room can be a stunning addition to your personal decor. They’re usually easy to open and shut while providing great light control, depending on your material. Their heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, which means they’re fairly unimpressive in the area of energy efficiency. For that reason, we often see drapes paired with Polywood shutters.Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, MinneapolisWe want to make sure your great room is as great at is can be, so let’s talk. Call us at 952-856-8130 today to set up your free window design consultation. We’ll measure your windows, and walk you through all the best options for fantastic great room window treatments.