How To Select Window Treatments For A Contemporary Room In Jacksonville05/02/2016Trevis Bruce When your home is decorated in contemporary style, you want your window treatments to reflect that style too. We sat down with Room Resolutions’ principal designer, Jane Cunningham, to better understand how customers should pick the right window treatments for contemporary rooms in Jacksonville. Contemporary design can include a range of styles that are influenced by the second half of the 20th century. Its main features are its softer, cleaner lines. According to Jane, how people define contemporary differs from person to person. Usually, her clients are trying to open up the space. She’s heard statements like, “I don’t have to have 15 items on the counter of my house.” Or “I don’t need an ottoman by every chair.” Contemporary rooms “give you the freedom to move.” Even if you live in a small condo, you can bring the outside in by expanding your view of the sky, the rain, and the sun in Jacksonville. First, unclutter your windows. Your grandparents’ house had windows with many layers: shades on top of shutters, valances, and sheers. It can be claustrophobic. Let go of layers. Look for window treatments that have clean lines. And get the contemporary look you want. Contemporary Window Treatment Options In Jacksonville: Shutters For Contemporary Homes Plantation shutters are great for contemporary spaces in Jacksonville. The 4.5” louvers go with a contemporary style. When you add a rear mount tilt rod to their wide louvers, your shutters create crisp lines across the window. Shutters give you control over light. The panels can be swung open to the side so that you’ll have access to your entire window. Another option is to have divided shutters where the light streams in through the top. Shutters are also easy to clean, which is especially helpful if the windows are usually dusty. Contemporary décor looks its best when every surface is clean and polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to homeowners interested in window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preferred shutter because don’t warp over time and they don’t change color. A trend that Cunningham has noticed is that reclaimed wood shutters are showing up more in contemporary rooms. They have a bit of nostalgia. They bring back the industrial look of hardware. They complement hardwood flooring to tie in the entire décor of the room. Reclaimed wood shutters allow you to revisit and reuse something from the past. The novel idea of using reclaimed wood as shutters plays into the contemporary style. Modern Barn Doors Barn doors are a full scale piece of artwork on the wall. Choose as funky of a color as you want. You can get the restorative look. You can design it to look just like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary look like the hotel you just visited. Modern barn doors become room separators in spaces that traditionally don’t have full doors. An example would be when you want to block off your kitchen but not all the time. Barn doors as window coverings look amazing on large windows with big enough wall space. Shaker doors exhibit an openness that matches a more contemporary style. The hardware makes a difference. Select stainless steel to get that contemporary look you want. Or choose a bold color of paint. If you had a room that was decorated primarily in differing shades of white, a bold red barn door stands out against the wall and enhances the space. “Barn doors add a conversation piece. The next gathering you have, I guarantee someone is going to have a comment. That’s because people aren’t expecting a barn door on a window.” - Jane Cunningham Cunningham has learned from experience that our homes are part of who we are as well as an experience we can share with our guests. And a barn door is part of that experience - and something your guests will be talking about. Roller Shades Roller shades are a great window treatment for contemporary rooms with large scale windows and doors that fold into themselves. They’re discretely tucked away and allow you to bring the outside view in. If you prefer to sleep in total darkness in order to get a restful night’s sleep, roller shades can include room darkening liners. If you need acoustical help to block out sounds, combine them with draperies which you can hide on the window’s sides. Window Film A lot of contemporary rooms in the Jacksonville area have large windows that are often 25-30 feet tall. And when they face towards the west, the sun can take a toll on the items inside. Jane likes to suggest window film to her clients with rooms that have large windows. It provides you with a wide view of the outdoors, which is just what you want for a contemporary room. In addition, the film blocks the sun’s UV rays, which means your furniture and carpeting retain their color longer. Window film also helps your home save energy. Purchase Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Jacksonville Home Call us at 904-289-1663 to set up your free in-home design consultation. Our window treatment experts bring you samples of the contemporary window treatment options you’re interested in. Then you’re ready to order the window treatment that goes with your home! To read more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, visit RoomResolutions.com.