When your home’s style is contemporary, you want your window treatments to mirror that style as well. We sat down with Jane Cunningham, Room Resolutions' principal designer, to better understand the process of selecting window treatments for contemporary rooms in Gainesville.
Contemporary décor includes a range of styles which are influenced by the later portion of the 20th century. It features softer, cleaner lines. In Jane’s experience, how people define contemporary differs from person to person. The majority of the time, people are looking to open the space up. She’s heard her clients say things like, “I don’t need an ottoman by every chair.” Or “I don’t have to have 15 items on the counter of my house.”
Contemporary homes “give you the freedom to move.” You can bring the outdoors in - even if your living space is small - by opening up your view of the sun, the sky, and the rain in Gainesville.
Begin by uncluttering the windows. The windows in your grandparents’ house had many layers. There were shades on top of shutters, valances, and sheers. It can be claustrophobic. Let go of layers. By going for window treatments that are built with clean lines, you can have the contemporary look you’ve always wanted.
Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In Gainesville:
Plantation shutters work great with contemporary rooms in Gainesville. Their wide 4.5” louvers reflect a contemporary style. When you combine these wide louvers with a rear mount tilt rod, your shutters create clean lines across the window.
Shutters provide you with light control. You can open the panels to the side and have an open view of your entire window. And you can choose to mount divided shutters where you can have light streaming in from the top.
It’s easy to clean shutters, which is handy if the room gets dusty easily. Contemporary décor looks its best when every surface is tidy and polished.
Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to customers who are searching for window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preference because don’t warp over the years and they don’t get dingy.
A trend that Cunningham has noticed is that more contemporary spaces have reclaimed wood shutters. They give a bit of nostalgia. They highlight the restorative use of hardware. They accentuate hardwood flooring to pull in all the elements of the space. With reclaimed wood shutters, you can revisit and reuse something from the past. The novel idea of using reclaimed wood as shutters plays into the contemporary style.
Barn doors are a full scale piece of artwork on the wall. Go with as funky of a color as you want. You can have the restorative look. You can make it look just like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary feel like the hotel you just visited.
Modern barn doors become room separators in places that traditionally don’t have full doors. For example, when you want to close off your kitchen but not all the time.
Barn doors as window coverings look amazing on large windows with adequate wall space. Shaker doors display an openness that matches a more contemporary style. The hardware you decide on makes a big difference. Select stainless steel to get that contemporary look you want. Or choose a bold color of paint. If your room had primarily differing shades of white, a bold red barn door would pop on the wall and contributes to 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 knows from experience that our homes are part of who we are. They’re also an experience we can share with our guests. And a barn door is going to be part of that experience. Your guests will definitely be talking about them.
Roller shades are a wonderful option for contemporary rooms with big windows and doors that can be folded into themselves. They’re discretely tucked away and let you bring in the outside view.
If you prefer sleeping with total room darkness in order to get a peaceful night’s sleep, roller shades can be ordered with room darkening options. If you want to dampen unwanted noise, pair them with draperies that can be hidden on the window’s sides.
Most contemporary rooms we’ve seen in the Gainesville area contain large windows that can be 25-30 feet tall. And when they face towards the west, the sun can take a toll on the room’s items.
Jane recommends window film to anyone with large windows. It gives you a full view of the outdoors, which is exactly what you want for a contemporary room.
The film also blocks UV rays, and helps your furniture and carpeting retain their color longer. It also helps your home be more energy efficient.
Find Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Gainesville Home
Give us a ring at 813-602-5966 to schedule your free in-home design consultation. Our experts bring you samples of the contemporary window treatment options we carry and that you’re looking for. Then you’re ready to pick the window treatment that’s perfect for your rooms!
To read more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, browse through RoomResolutions.com today.