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Choosing the Best Great Room Window Treatments in Miami

November 29, 2016

Great home design is all about functionality. An increasing number of homeowners in Miami are subscribing to the design philosophy that every element of your home should not only look appealing, but also should serve a purpose too. And if it can serve multiple functions, even better! That’s why the great room has become more common in homes, serving as a combo living room, dining room, family room, and more.

Miami great room with mounted television and arc windows. 

A functional, versatile space should have those same traits in its window coverings. So let’s talk about how to choose the perfect window treatment for your great room, Miami.

Great Room Window Treatment Needs

Light Control - Great rooms tend to be the biggest room in the home, meaning they typically have the largest windows. Because of that, it’s important to be able to control how much light comes through your windows so you can set the mood in your space regardless of the weather outside.

Energy Efficiency - Just like with light, those large great room windows tend to allow heat to come in and out fairly easily. A window treatment that reduces energy loss can go a long way to improving your comfort and decreasing your home utility bills.

Beauty - Since great rooms serve multiple functions, it’s frequently going to be the space guests see more than any other. Create a long-term impression with a beautiful window treatment that fulfills the aforementioned functions as well.

Ease of Use - Most great rooms reside in open-concept, multiple story homes, which might mean high-ceiling windows that are more difficult to operate. The ability to easily and quickly operate your window coverings makes for a more functional space.

So now that we have our list of “must-haves,” which window coverings meet these criteria?

Great Room Plantation Shutters

Miami great room with classic shutters and modern lighting.

Check one, check two, check three, check four–plantation shutters pass our checklist for great room window treatments. Plantation shutters give you the most effective light control, with the adjustable louvers’ ability to stay totally open, closed, or anywhere in between. In addition, they offer some of the most effective thermal protection your windows can get, and you’re left with an energy efficient window treatment that reduces energy transfer by almost half.

Even if those windows are tall or sit high near the ceiling, shutters are still easy to use, with the use of an adjustment pole that telescopes out and can give you easy access to the tilting mechanism.

Finally, plantation shutters add all this practicality with the looks to impress any visitor. Very few furnishings can offer the same sense of class to a home as shutters.

Other Window Coverings for Great Rooms

Though plantation shutters are our number one suggestion for fulfilling all your great rooms’ needs, there are a couple of other window treatments that can aid your home in most of those areas.

Cellular Shades - Cellular (AKA “honeycomb”) shades can offer some dimming capabilities and decent energy efficiency, all while offering a assortment of colors to choose from to match your space. If you opt for motorized shades, they can also be put on out of reach windows for easy adjustment.

Miami great room with natural wood blinds and full-length draperies. 

Draperies - Top-to-bottom draperies in a Miami great room can be a dazzling addition to your personal design. Drapes are fairly easy to operate while giving you tight light control, depending on the fabric. Drapes’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack though, making them fairly weak in the energy efficiency category. For that reason, it’s common to see Polywood shutters paired with draperies.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Miami

We want to help you make the most of the space in your great room, so let’s work together. Call us at 305-520-7515 today to schedule your complimentary in-home design consultation. We’ll get measurements for your windows, and walk you through all your options for stunning great room window coverings.