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Deciding on Window Treatments in Orlando for a Contemporary Room

May 02, 2016

When your home is decorated in contemporary style, your window treatments should reflect that style too. So we sat down with Jane Cunningham, principal designer at Room Resolutions, to better understand the process of selecting window treatments for contemporary rooms in Orlando.

Contemporary design covers a range of styles which are inspired by the second 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. She’s heard people 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 outside in - even if you live in a small condo - by widening 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 valances, shutters, draperies, and sheers. It can be claustrophobic. Remove the layers. Pick window treatments that use clean lines. And get the contemporary look you want.

Contemporary Window Treatment Options In Orlando:

Shutters For Contemporary Spaces

 White plantation shutters in a contemporary room

Plantation shutters are great for contemporary spaces in Orlando. They have wide 4.5” louvers which reflect a contemporary style. And when you add a rear mount tilt rod to their wide louvers, your windows have clean lines across them from the shutters.

Shutters provide you with control over light. You can open the panels to the side and have access to your entire window. You can also choose to install divided shutters. These shutters have the light streaming in through the top.

Shutters are also easy to clean, which is handy if the room gets dusty easily. Contemporary décor looks best when all the items are tidy and polished.

Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to clients who are searching for window treatments for contemporary rooms. She recommends them because they don’t get dingy and they won’t warp over the years.

A trend that Cunningham has noticed is that more contemporary rooms feature reclaimed wood shutters. They offer a touch of nostalgia. They bring back the industrial look of hardware. They go well with hardwood flooring to bring together the entire room. Reclaimed wood shutters allow you to revisit and reuse something from the past. The novel idea of using reclaimed wood as shutters is the epitome of the contemporary style.

Modern Barn Doors

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Barn doors are a full scale piece of art on the wall. Choose as bright of a color as you like. 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 similar to the hotel you just visited.

Modern barn doors act as room separators where you that usually don’t have full doors. For example, when you want to close off your kitchen at certain times.

Barn doors as window coverings work well on large windows with big enough wall space. Shaker doors exhibit an openness that goes along with a more contemporary style. 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 differing shades of white, a red barn door stands out on the wall and adds 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. Your guests will definitely be talking about them.

Roller Shades

Contemporary room with patterned roller shades 

Roller shades are the perfect solution for contemporary rooms with large windows and doors that fold into themselves. They’re tucked away and allow you to bring the outside view in.

If you prefer to sleep in complete 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 noise, pair them with draperies that can be hidden by tying on the sides of the windows.

Window Film

 Contemporary room with window film

Most contemporary rooms we’ve seen in the Orlando area feature large windows that can be 25-30 feet in height. And when they face towards the west, the sun takes a toll on the furnishings and carpet.

Jane suggests window film to anyone with large windows. It provides you with an unhampered view of outside, which is just what you want for a contemporary room.

In addition, the film blocks UV rays, and helps your furnishings and carpet hold true to their color longer. Window film also helps your home save energy.

Purchase 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 treatment options we carry and that you’re looking for. Now you can choose the window treatment that fits your home!

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