Choosing the Perfect Great Room Window Coverings in Nashville

Stefano Diotaiuti

Effective home design is based on functionality. An increasing number of homeowners in Nashville are adopting the design philosophy that each piece of your home should not only look good, it should serve a function too. And if it is able to serve multiple purposes, even better! That’s why great rooms have become widespread in homes, acting as a combination of a family room, dining room, living room, and more.

Nashville great room with mounted TV and high-ceiling windows. 

A useful, versatile space needs those same features in its window treatments. So let’s talk about how to choose the optimal window covering for your great room, Nashville.

Great Room Window Treatment Priorities

Light Control - Great rooms are typically the biggest room in your house, which means that they tend to have the largest windows. Because of that, it’s important to have total control of how much light comes through your windows so you have the ability to always set the perfect mood.

Energy Efficiency - As with light, those oversized great room windows tend to let heat in and out fairly easily. A window treatment that reduces energy loss can do a lot to improving your comfort and slashing your home utility bills.

Looks - Because the great room serves multiple functions, it’s usually going to be the space guests see the most. Make a long-term impression with a gorgeous window treatment that accomplishes the aforementioned functions too.

Ease of Operation - Most great rooms are in multi-story homes with open concepts, which can mean tall windows that are more difficult to operate. The ability to easily and quickly operate your window coverings can make for a more functional space.

So now that we’ve gone over our “must-haves,” which window treatments fulfill these needs?

Great Room Plantation Shutters

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

Check one, check two, check three, check four–plantation shutters pass our checklist for great room window treatments. Plantation shutters offer 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 have an energy efficient window treatment which can reduce heat transfer by 45.96%.

Even if your windows sit high on the wall or are very tall, shutters are still easy to use, with a provided adjustment pole that telescopes out and can give you easy access to the tilting mechanism.

Lastly, plantation shutters add all this practicality with the looks that are sure to impress any houseguest. Very few furnishings can add the same touch of casual elegance to a home as shutters.

Other Window Coverings for Your Great Room

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

Cellular Shades - Cellular (also known as “honeycomb”) shades can offer some dimming capabilities and decent insulation, all while giving you a assortment of colors to choose from to complement your space. If you pick motorized shades, they can also be put on out of reach windows for easy operation.

Nashville great room with wood blinds and full-length drapes. 

Draperies - Floor to ceiling draperies in a Nashville great room can be a dazzling addition to your personal decor. Drapes are usually easy to use while providing great light control, depending on the material. Drapes’ heat-blocking ability is where they lack though, making them fairly weak in the area of energy efficiency. Because of that, you typically see Polywood shutters paired with drapes.

Greatness Awaits Your Great Room, Nashville

Our team wants to help you make your great room even greater, so let’s talk. Give us a call at 615-236-8530 today to schedule your complimentary window design appointment. We’ll get a perfect measurement of your windows, and show you all your options for stunning great room window coverings.