Choosing the Perfect Great Room Window Coverings in Salt Lake City

Matt Thelander

Great home design is based on functionality. More than ever, homeowners in Salt Lake City are adopting the design philosophy that each part of your home shouldn’t only look good, but also should serve a function too. And if it is able to serve more than a single purpose, even better! That’s why the great room has become more common in homes, acting as a blend of a dining room, family room, living room, and more.

Salt Lake City great room with mounted television and arched windows. 

A useful, multi-purpose space needs those same qualities in its window treatments. So let’s go over how to pick the perfect window treatment for your great room, Salt Lake City.

Great Room Window Treatment Needs

Light Control - Great rooms are typically the biggest room in a given home, which means that they tend to have the largest windows. That means it’s important to have control over how much light comes through your windows so you have the ability to set your perfect mood no matter the sun’s plans.

Energy Efficiency - Similar to light, those big great room windows will let heat in and out without much of a fight. A window covering that reduces energy loss can go a long way to improving your comfort and decreasing your energy bills.

Beauty - Since the great room serves multiple functions, it’s usually going to be the space guests see the most. Make a lasting impression with a stunning window covering that accomplishes the aforementioned functions too.

Ease of Use - Most great rooms reside in open-concept, multiple story homes, which might mean tall windows that are more difficult to operate. Being able to easily and quickly open and shut your window coverings can make for a better functioning space.

So now that we have in mind some “must-haves,” which window treatments fulfill these needs?

Plantation Shutters for Great Room Windows

Salt Lake City great room with white shutters and tile floor. Photo Courtesy of Room Resolutions

Check, double check, quadruple check–plantation shutters pass our criteria with flying colors. Plantation shutters give you the most discriminating light control, with the adjustable louvers able to sit completely shut, open and any angle in the middle. In addition, they offer some of the most effective thermal protection available to your windows, and you get an energy efficient window covering that reduces energy transfer by almost half.

Even if your windows sit high on the wall or are very tall, they’re still easy to use, with a provided adjustment pole that stretches out and collapses in and gives you quick access to the tilt rod.

Finally, plantation shutters offer all this functionality with the looks that are sure to impress any guest. Very few furnishings can offer the same sense of beauty to your house as shutters.

Other Window Treatments for Great Rooms

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

Cellular Shades - Cellular or “honeycomb” shades can offer some light control and decent energy efficiency, all while offering a assortment of colors to pick from to match your space. If you choose motorized shades, they can also be installed on out of reach windows for easy operation.

Salt Lake City great room with wooden blinds and full-length draperies. 

Draperies - Floor to ceiling drapes in a Salt Lake City great room can be a dazzling addition to your personal decor. Draperies are typically easy to use while providing great light control, depending on your material. Their heat-blocking ability is where they lack however, making them fairly weak in the energy efficiency category. Therefore, you typically see drapes paired with Polywood shutters.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Salt Lake City

We want to help you make the most of the space in your great room, so let’s get started. Drop us a line at 801-515-3598 today to set up your free home design appointment. We’ll get measurements for your windows, and walk you through all Sunburst’s options for stunning great room window treatments.