Picking Chicago’s Best Great Room Window Treatments11/29/2016Richard Rampton Contemporary home design is based on functionality. More than ever, homeowners in Chicago are adopting the design philosophy that every piece of your home shouldn’t only look good, but also should serve a purpose as well. And if it can serve multiple functions, even better! That’s why great rooms have become widespread in homes, acting as a blend of a family room, dining room, living room, and more. A practical, multi-purpose space needs those same traits in its window treatments. So let’s learn how to find the optimal window covering for your great room, Chicago.Great Room Window Covering PrioritiesLight Control - Great rooms are typically the biggest room in the home, meaning they typically have the biggest windows. That means it’s vital to be able to control how much light comes into your home so you have the ability to set the mood in your space regardless of the weather outside.Energy Efficiency - As with light, those large great room windows tend to allow heat to come in and out without much of a fight. A window covering that impedes energy loss can go a long way to enhancing your comfort and decreasing your utility bills.Beauty - Because great rooms serve multiple functions, it’s typically going to be the part of the home guests see most often. Make a long-term impression with a gorgeous window covering that accomplishes the aforementioned functions too.Usability - Many great rooms reside in open-concept, multiple story homes, which might mean tall windows that are harder to operate. The ability to easily and quickly operate your window treatments makes for a more functional space.So now that we have our list of “must-haves,” which window coverings meet these criteria?Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows Photo Courtesy of Room ResolutionsCheck, double check, quadruple check–plantation shutters pass our test easily. Plantation shutters give you the most discerning light control, with the adjustable louvers able to sit completely shut, open and any angle in the middle. Add to that some of the most effective thermal protection your windows can get, and you have an energy efficient window treatment that reduces heat transfer by almost half.Even if those windows sit high on the wall or are very tall, 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 tilt rod. Finally, plantation shutters offer all this versatility with the looks that are sure to impress any visitor. Very few furnishings can add the same touch of beauty to a home as shutters.Other Window Options for Your Great RoomThough plantation shutters are our first recommendation for filling all your great rooms’ needs, there are a couple of other window coverings that can help out in most of those categories.Cellular Shades - Cellular or “honeycomb” shades can offer some light control and decent insulation, all while offering a wide array of colors to choose from to complement your space. If you pick motorized shades, they can also be installed on out of reach windows for easy opening and closing. Drapes - Wall-to-wall drapes in a Chicago great room can be a stunning boost to your personal design. They’re usually easy to operate while providing effective light control, depending on the material. Their heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, so they’re fairly weak in the energy efficiency category. Because of that, we often see draperies paired with Polywood shutters.Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, ChicagoWe want to help you make your great room even greater, so let’s work together. Call us at 847-250-6544 today to schedule your free in-home design appointment. We’ll measure your windows, and walk you through all your options for beautiful great room window coverings.