Picking Honolulu’s Best Great Room Window Coverings11/29/2016Darren Wong Effective home design is all about functionality. More and more homeowners in Honolulu are adopting the design philosophy that every part of your home should not only look good, but also should serve a purpose too. And if it can serve more than a single function, 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. A functional, multi-purpose room needs those same traits in its window coverings. So let’s take a look at how to pick the optimal window treatment for your great room, Honolulu.Great Room Window Treatment PrioritiesLight Control - Great rooms tend to be the largest room in your house, which means that they tend to 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 your perfect mood no matter the sun’s plans.Energy Efficiency - Just like with light, those big great room windows are going to let heat in and out fairly easily. A window covering that blocks energy loss can do a lot to enhancing your comfort and decreasing your utility bills.Looks - Because great rooms serve multiple functions, it’s typically going to be the space guests see most often. Make a lasting impression with a beautiful window covering that accomplishes the functions mentioned above as well.Usability - Most great rooms reside in multi-story homes with open concepts, which can mean high-ceiling windows that are more difficult to operate. The ability to open and shut your window coverings easily and quickly makes for a better functioning space.So now that we have our list of “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 test 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. Add to that some of the best thermal protection your windows can get, and you’re left with an energy efficient window treatment that can reduce heat transfer by nearly 46%.And if your windows sit high on the wall or are very tall, plantation 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 add all this versatility with the looks that are sure to impress any visitor. Few furnishings can add the same touch of beauty to a home as shutters.Other Great Room Window TreatmentsAlthough plantation shutters are our first recommendation for achieving each of your great rooms’ needs, there are a number of other window coverings that can aid your home in some of those categories.Cellular Shades - Cellular (AKA “honeycomb”) shades can offer some light control and decent insulation, all while offering a variety of colors to pick from to complement your space. If you opt for motorized shades, they can also be put on hard-to-reach windows for easy adjustment. Drapes - Floor to ceiling draperies in a Honolulu great room can be a stunning addition to your personal design. Drapes are fairly easy to operate while providing great light control, depending on the material. Draperies’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack though, making them fairly unimpressive in the area of energy efficiency. Because of that, you typically see draperies paired with Polywood shutters.Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, HonoluluWe want to make sure your great room is as great at is can be, so let’s work together. Call us at 808-797-2004 today to set up your complimentary in-home design consultation. We’ll get a perfect measurement of your windows, and show you all your options for beautiful great room window treatments.