Picking Window Treatments in Gainesville for a Contemporary Room05/02/2016Eric Ramsey When your home’s style is contemporary, you want your window treatments to mirror that style as well. We talked to Jane Cunningham, Room Resolutions' principal designer, to better understand how customers should select the right window treatments for contemporary rooms in Gainesville. Contemporary décor can include a range of styles which are influenced by the later portion of the 20th century. It features softer, cleaner lines. In Jane’s experience, everyone has a slightly different definition of contemporary. The majority of the time, people are trying 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 sky, the rain, and the sun in Gainesville. Begin by uncluttering the windows. The windows in your grandparents’ house had a lot of layers. There were shades on top of shutters, valances, and sheers. It can be claustrophobic. Remove the 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: Shutters For Contemporary Homes Plantation shutters work great with contemporary spaces 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. The panels can be swung open to the side so that you’ll have an open view of your entire window. And you can choose to mount divided shutters where the light streams in through the top. It’s easy to clean shutters, which is especially helpful if the room gets dusty easily. Contemporary décor looks its best when every surface is tidy and polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to clients 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 offer a little bit of nostalgia. They highlight the restorative use of hardware. They accentuate hardwood flooring to pull in all the décor in the room. Reclaimed wood shutters let you 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 like. You can have the restorative look. You can design it to look just like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary feel similar to the hotel you just visited. Modern barn doors act as room separators in places that traditionally don’t have full doors. This is particularly the case when you want to close off your kitchen part of the time. Barn doors as window coverings look amazing on large windows with adequate wall space. Shaker doors have an open feel that is reminiscent of a more contemporary style. The hardware you decide on makes a big difference. Select stainless steel for a more contemporary look. Or choose a bold color of paint. If your room had primarily differing shades of white, a bold red barn door pops 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 as well as 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 Roller shades are a wonderful window treatment for contemporary rooms with big windows and doors that can be folded into themselves. They’re discretely tucked away and allow you to bring in the outside view. If you prefer sleeping with total room darkness in order to get a restful night’s sleep, roller shades can be ordered with room darkening liners. If you want to dampen unwanted noise, pair them with draperies which you can hide on the window’s sides. Window Film Many contemporary rooms that are in the Gainesville area contain large windows that can be 25-30 feet tall. And when they face towards the west, the sun takes a toll on the room’s items. Jane recommends window film to her clients with large windows. It allows you a full view of the outdoors, which is just what you want for a contemporary room. In addition, the film blocks UV rays, and helps your furniture and carpeting retain their color longer. And it contributes your home’s energy efficiency. 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 treatments you’re interested in and their options. Then you’re ready to order the window treatment that fits your rooms! 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