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Picking the Best Great Room Window Coverings in Honolulu

November 29, 2016

Effective home design hinges on functionality. More and more homeowners in Honolulu are adopting the design philosophy that every piece 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.

Honolulu great room with wall-mounted TV and arc windows. 

A functional, multi-purpose room needs those same features 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 Priorities

Light Control - Great rooms tend to be the largest room in the home, which means that they tend to have the largest windows. Because of that, it’s important to have control over how much light comes through your windows so you can set your perfect mood no matter the sun’s plans.

Energy Efficiency - Similar to light, those big great room windows tend to let heat in and out fairly easily. A window covering that reduces energy loss can do a lot to enhancing your comfort and slashing your utility bills.

Looks - Because great rooms serve multiple functions, it’s typically going to be the space guests see the most. Leave a lasting impression with a stunning window covering that accomplishes the above mentioned functions as well.

Usability - Most great rooms reside in multi-story homes with open concepts, which can mean tall windows that are more difficult to operate. The ability to easily and quickly open and shut your window treatments makes for a better functioning space.

So now that we have our list of “must-haves,” which window treatments accomplish them?

Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows

Honolulu great room with white shutters and tile floor.

Check, double check, quadruple check–plantation shutters pass our checklist with flying colors. Plantation shutters give you the most discriminating 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 your windows can get, and you get 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 fast access to the tilt rod.

Lastly, plantation shutters offer all this practicality with the looks that are sure to impress any guest. Few furnishings can add the same touch of beauty to a home as shutters.

Other Great Room Window Treatments

Although plantation shutters are our number one recommendation for achieving each of your great rooms’ needs, there are a number of other window coverings that can aid your home in many 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 choose from to complement your space. If you pick motorized shades, they can also be put on hard-to-reach windows for easy adjustment.

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

Drapes - Top-to-bottom draperies in a Honolulu great room can be a stunning addition to your personal design. Draperies are usually easy to draw and close while providing effective light control, depending on the material. Draperies’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack though, which means they’re fairly unimpressive in the area of energy efficiency. Because of that, you typically see draperies paired with Polywood shutters.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Honolulu

We want to help you make your great room even greater, so let’s work together. Drop us a line 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.