Choosing Kingsport’s Best Great Room Window Coverings11/29/2016Jacob Hayes Contemporary home design is based on functionality. An increasing number of homeowners in Kingsport are subscribing to the design philosophy that every piece of your home should not only look appealing, it should serve a function as well. And if it might serve multiple purposes, even better! That’s why the great room has become widespread in homes, acting as a blend of a family room, living room, dining room, and more. A useful, multi-purpose space needs those same traits in its window treatments. So let’s go over how to pick the best window covering for your great room, Kingsport.Great Room Window Treatment NeedsLight Control - Great rooms tend to be the biggest room in a given home, which means that they tend to have the biggest windows. That means it’s vital to have total control of how much light comes into your home so you can ignore the outdoor weather when setting your perfect mood.Energy Efficiency - Just like with light, those oversized great room windows are going to let heat in and out fairly easily. A window treatment that blocks energy loss can do a lot to improving your comfort and slashing your home utility bills.Looks - Because great rooms serve a lot of functions, it’s most likely going to be the space guests see the most. Make a long-term impression with a stunning window covering that fulfills the functions mentioned above too.Ease of Operation - Most great rooms are in open-concept, multiple story homes, which might mean high-ceiling windows that are more difficult to operate. Being able to easily and quickly open and shut your window treatments makes for a better functioning space.So now that we have in mind some “must-haves,” which window treatments meet these criteria?Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows Photo Courtesy of Room ResolutionsCheck, double check, quadruple check–plantation shutters pass our criteria with flying colors. Plantation shutters offer the most discerning light control, with the adjustable louvers able to sit totally open, closed, or anywhere in between. Add to that some of the best thermal protection available to your windows, and you have an energy efficient window covering that can reduce heat transfer by almost half.Even if your windows have some height to them, shutters are still easy to use, with the use of an adjustment pole that telescopes out and gives you fast access to the tilt rod. Last but not least, plantation shutters offer all this versatility with the looks to impress any guest. Not many furnishings can offer the same sense of casual elegance to your house as shutters.Other Great Room Window TreatmentsThough plantation shutters are our number one suggestion for fulfilling each of your great rooms’ needs, there are a few other window treatments that can aid your home in some of those categories.Cellular Shades - Cellular (also known as “honeycomb”) shades can offer some dimming capabilities and decent insulation, all while giving you a wide array of colors to choose from to go with your space. If you pick motorized shades, they can also be placed on out of reach windows for easy operation. Draperies - Top-to-bottom draperies in a Kingsport great room can be a dazzling addition to your personal design. Drapes are fairly easy to use while giving you effective light control, depending on the fabric. Their heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, which means they’re fairly unimpressive in the area of energy efficiency. For that reason, you typically see drapes paired with Polywood shutters.Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, KingsportOur team wants to help you make the most of the space in your great room, so let’s work together. Give us a call at 276-378-7422 today to schedule your free window design appointment. We’ll get a perfect measurement of your windows, and walk you through all your options for fantastic great room window treatments.