Finding the Perfect Great Room Window Treatments in Atlanta

Dan Taylor

Effective home design hinges on functionality. An increasing number of homeowners in Atlanta are adopting the design mantra that each element of your home shouldn’t only look good, it should serve a function as well. And if it might serve multiple purposes, even better! That’s why great rooms have become more common in homes, serving as a combination of a living room, dining room, family room, and more.

Atlanta great room with wall-mounted television and arched windows. 

A useful, multi-purpose space needs those same features in its window coverings. So let’s talk about how to find the perfect window treatment for your great room, Atlanta.

Great Room Window Covering Priorities

Light Control - Great rooms are typically the biggest room in a given home, meaning they typically have the biggest windows. Because of that, it’s important to have control over the amount of light that comes into your home so you can set your perfect mood no matter the sun’s plans.

Energy Efficiency - Similar to light, those oversized great room windows tend to let heat in and out fairly easily. A window covering that reduces energy loss can go a long way to improving your comfort and saving you money on your home utility bills.

Style - Since the great room serves more than one function, it’s typically going to be the space guests see more than any other. Leave a lasting impression with a gorgeous window covering that fulfills the above mentioned functions as well.

Usability - Most great rooms reside in open-concept, multiple story homes, which can mean high-ceiling windows that are a hassle to operate. The ability to operate your window coverings easily and quickly 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

Atlanta great room with classic shutters and modern lighting. Photo Courtesy of Room Resolutions

Check, check, check, and check–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 greatest thermal protection available to your windows, and you have an energy efficient window treatment that can reduce energy transfer by almost half.

And if those windows sit high on the wall or are very tall, plantation shutters are still easy to use, with a provided adjustment pole that telescopes out and gives you easy access to the tilting mechanism.

Lastly, plantation shutters add all this practicality with the looks to impress any guest. Not many furnishings can offer the same feeling of class to a house as shutters.

Other Window Options for Your Great Room

Though plantation shutters are our number one recommendation for achieving all your great rooms’ needs, there are a number of other options that can help out in some of those categories.

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

Atlanta great room with natural wood blinds and floor to ceiling draperies. 

Drapes - Floor to ceiling drapes in a Atlanta great room can be a dazzling addition to your home design. They’re fairly easy to open and close while providing tight light control, depending on your material. Drapes’ 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 drapes paired with Polywood shutters.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Atlanta

We want to help you make the most of the space in your great room, so let’s talk. Call us at 404-962-8517 today to set up your complimentary window design consultation. We’ll get a perfect measurement of your windows, and walk you through all Sunburst’s options for fantastic great room window coverings.