Finding Indianapolis’s Best Great Room Window Coverings11/29/2016Bill Burke Effective home design is based on functionality. More than ever, homeowners in Indianapolis are adopting the design mantra that every piece of your home shouldn’t only look good, it should serve a function as well. And if it is able to serve more than one purpose, even better! That’s why the great room has become a more common fixture in homes, acting as a blend of a dining room, family room, living room, and more. A useful, flexible space needs those same traits in its window treatments. So let’s go over how to pick the perfect window covering for your great room, Indianapolis.Great Room Window Treatment NeedsLight Control - Great rooms are usually the largest room in the home, which means that they typically 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’re able to set your perfect mood no matter the sun’s plans.Energy Efficiency - As with light, those big great room windows are going to allow heat to come in and out fairly easily. A window covering that reduces energy loss can go a long way to enhancing your comfort and saving you money on your utility bills.Beauty - Since the great room serves a lot of functions, it’s most likely going to be the part of the home guests see more than any other. Leave a long-term impression with a stunning window covering that accomplishes the aforementioned functions as well.Ease of Operation - Most great rooms reside in open-concept, multiple story homes, which can mean tall windows that are more difficult to operate. Being able to operate your window coverings easily and quickly makes for a more functional space.So now that we’ve gone over our “must-haves,” which window treatments meet these criteria?Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows Photo Courtesy of Room ResolutionsCheck, check, check, and check–plantation shutters pass our criteria with flying colors. Plantation shutters give you the most effective light control, with the adjustable louvers able to sit totally open, closed, or anywhere in between. In addition, they offer some of the best thermal protection available to your windows, and you’re left with an energy efficient window covering that reduces heat transfer by 45.96%.Even if your windows sit high on the wall or are very tall, shutters are still easy to use, with the use of an adjustment pole that stretches out and collapses in and gives you easy access to the tilt rod. Finally, plantation shutters give you all this practicality with the looks that are sure to impress any visitor. Very few furnishings can offer the same feeling of class to your house as shutters.Other Great Room Window CoveringsAlthough plantation shutters are our first suggestion for filling all your great rooms’ needs, there are a couple of other window coverings that can help out in many of those categories.Cellular Shades - Cellular (AKA “honeycomb”) shades can offer some dimming capabilities and decent insulation, all while offering a range of colors to choose from to complement your space. If you opt for motorized shades, they can also be put on out of reach windows for easy opening and closing. Draperies - Wall-to-wall draperies in a Indianapolis great room can be a dazzling boost to your interior design. Draperies are fairly easy to use while providing tight light control, depending on your fabric. Their heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, so they’re fairly weak in the area of energy efficiency. Therefore, it’s common to see Polywood shutters paired with drapes.Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, IndianapolisOur team wants to help you make your great room even greater, so let’s get started. Give us a call at 317-558-9066 today to schedule your complimentary home design consultation. We’ll measure your windows, and walk you through all the best options for beautiful great room window coverings.