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Finding the Best Great Room Window Coverings in Indianapolis

November 29, 2016

Great home design is based on functionality. More and more homeowners in Indianapolis are adopting the design mantra that every part 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 more common in homes, acting as a combination of a dining room, family room, living room, and more.

Indianapolis great room with mounted television and arched windows. 

A useful, versatile space needs those same features in its window treatments. So let’s go over how to choose the perfect window covering for your great room, Indianapolis.

Great Room Window Treatment Needs

Light Control - Great rooms are usually the largest room in your house, which means that they typically have the biggest windows. Therefore, it’s vital to have control over 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 tend 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 frequently going to be the part of the home guests see more than any other. Make a long-term impression with a beautiful 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 have our list of “must-haves,” which window treatments fulfill these needs?

Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows

Indianapolis great room with classic shutters and modern lighting.

Check, double check, quadruple check–plantation shutters pass our criteria for great room window treatments. Plantation shutters give you 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 most effective thermal protection available to your windows, and you get an energy efficient window covering that reduces heat transfer by 45.96%.

Even if your windows have some height to them, they’re still easy to use, with the use of an adjustment pole that stretches out and collapses in and gives you fast access to the tilting mechanism.

Finally, plantation shutters give you all this versatility with the looks that are sure to impress any visitor. Not many furnishings can offer the same feeling of class to your house as shutters.

Other Great Room Window Coverings

Although plantation shutters are our number one suggestion for fulfilling all your great rooms’ needs, there are a few other window coverings that can help out in many of those categories.

Cellular Shades - Cellular or “honeycomb” shades can offer some dimming capabilities and decent energy efficiency, all while offering a assortment 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.

Indianapolis great room with wooden blinds and full-length drapes. 

Draperies - Wall-to-wall draperies in a Indianapolis great room can be a dazzling enhancement to your interior design. Drapes 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, we often see drapes paired with Polywood shutters.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Indianapolis

Our team wants to make sure your great room is as great at is can be, so let’s work together. Give us a call at 317-558-9066 today to schedule your complimentary window design consultation. We’ll measure your windows, and walk you through all the best options for stunning great room window coverings.