How To Select Window Treatments For A Contemporary Room In Orlando05/02/2016Todd Hansen When your home is decorated in contemporary style, your window treatments should reflect that style too. So we sat down with Room Resolutions’ principal designer, Jane Cunningham, to better understand the process of selecting window treatments for contemporary rooms in Orlando. Contemporary design covers a range of styles which are influenced by the last half of the 20th century. It’s built on softer, cleaner lines. Jane has found that everyone has a slightly different definition of contemporary. The majority of the time, people want to open up the space. Her clients have said 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.” Even in a small condo situation, you can bring the outside in by opening up your view of the sun, the rain, and the outdoors in Orlando. Begin by uncluttering your windows. The windows in your grandparents’ house had a lot of layers. There were shades on top of sheers, draperies, and shutters. It feels claustrophobic. Let go of layers. By going with window treatments that have clean lines, you can achieve the contemporary look you’ve always wanted. Contemporary Window Treatment Options In Orlando: Shutters For Contemporary Rooms Plantation shutters are great for contemporary spaces in Orlando. They have wide 4.5” louvers which reflect a contemporary style. And when you combine their wide louvers with a rear mount tilt rod, your windows have clean lines across them from the shutters. Shutters provide you with light control. You can open the panels to the side and see through your entire window. You can also choose to have divided shutters where you can have light coming in from the top. It’s easy to clean shutters, which is especially helpful if the windows are often dusty. Contemporary décor looks best when everything is tidy and polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to customers who are searching for window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preferred shutter because don’t warp over the years and their colors stay true. A trend that Cunningham has noticed is that more contemporary rooms feature reclaimed wood shutters. They give a touch of nostalgia. They bring back the industrial look of hardware. They go well with hardwood flooring to tie in the entire room. Reclaimed wood shutters allow you to revisit and reuse something from the past. And the new application of reclaimed wood as shutters is the epitome of the contemporary style. Modern Barn Doors Barn doors are a full scale masterpiece on the wall. Choose as funky of a color as you like. You can have the restorative look. Or you can design it to look just like a traditional barn door. And you can make it look contemporary similar to the hotel you just visited. Modern barn doors become room separators in places that usually don’t have full doors. This is particularly the case when you want to close off your kitchen at certain times. Barn doors as window coverings are perfect for large windows with big enough wall space. Shaker doors exhibit an openness that goes along with a more contemporary style. The hardware makes a difference. Pick stainless steel to make it look more contemporary. Or paint a barn door a bold color. If your room had primarily varying shades of white, a red barn door stands out 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 years of experience that our homes are part of who we are as well as an experience we’re sharing with our guests. And a barn door is included in that experience - and something your guests will be talking about. Roller Shades Roller shades are a great solution for contemporary rooms that have large scale windows and doors that fold into themselves. They’re neatly tucked away, yet allow you to bring the outside view in. If you like sleeping with total room darkness so you can get a restful night’s sleep, roller shades can include room darkening add-ons. And if you need to block out sounds, pair them with draperies which you can hide by tying on the sides of the windows. Window Film Many contemporary rooms that are in the Orlando area feature large windows that can be 25-30 feet in height. And when they face towards the west, the sun can take a toll on the furnishings and carpet. Jane recommends window film to her clients with large windows. It provides you with a full view of outside, which is just what you want for a contemporary room. The film also blocks UV rays, and helps your furnishings and carpet hold true to their color longer. Window film also contributes to the energy efficiency of your home. Get Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Orlando Home Give us a ring at 407-630-7011 to set up your free in-home design consultation. Our experts will show you samples of the contemporary window treatments you’re interested in and their options. Now you can buy the window treatment that fits your home! To learn more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, visit RoomResolutions.com.