Brown shades in contemporary room

Deciding on Window Treatments in Clearwater for a Contemporary Room

May 02, 2016

When your home’s style is contemporary, you want your window treatments to mirror that style as well. We spoke with Jane Cunningham, principal designer at Room Resolutions, to better understand the process of picking window treatments for contemporary rooms in Clearwater.

Contemporary design covers a range of styles influenced by the later portion of the 20th century. It’s built on softer, cleaner lines. In Jane’s experience, everyone has a slightly different definition of contemporary. Usually, homeowners are looking to open the room up. Her clients have said things 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 spaces “give you the freedom to move.” You can bring nature inside - even in a small condo situation - by widening your view of the sun, the rain, and the outdoors in Clearwater.

Begin by uncluttering the windows. If you think about your grandparents’ windows, they probably had multiple layers: shades on top of draperies, shutters, valances, and sheers. It feels claustrophobic. Get rid of the layers. Choose window treatments that use clean lines. And get the contemporary look you want.

Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In Clearwater:

Shutters For Contemporary Spaces

 White plantation shutters in a contemporary room

Plantation shutters work well with contemporary spaces in Clearwater. They have wide 4.5” louvers which reflect 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 an open view of your entire window. Another option is to mount divided shutters where you can have light coming in from the top.

Shutters are also easy to clean, which is important if the windows are usually dusty. Contemporary décor shines best when everything is 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 time and they don’t change color.

A trend that Cunningham has noticed is that more contemporary rooms feature reclaimed wood shutters. They have a little bit of nostalgia. They bring back the industrial look of hardware. They accentuate hardwood flooring to bring together the entire room. With reclaimed wood shutters, you can take something from the past, revisit and reuse it. The novel idea of using reclaimed wood as shutters goes right along with the contemporary style.

Modern Barn Doors

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Barn doors are a full scale masterpiece on the wall. Go with as bright of a color as you like. You can go with the restorative look. Or make it look just like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary feel similar to the hotel you recently went to.

Modern barn doors can be used as room separators where you that traditionally don’t have full doors. This is particularly the case when you want to block off your kitchen but not all the time.

Barn doors as window coverings work well on large windows with big enough wall space. Shaker doors have an open feel that matches a more contemporary style. The hardware you decide on makes a big difference. Pick stainless steel to get that contemporary look you want. Or paint a barn door a bold color. If your room had primarily shades of white, a bright red barn door pops against the wall and adds to the room.

“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

Over the years, Cunningham has learned that our homes are part of who we areand also an experience our guests can share with us. And a barn door is going to be part of that experience. Your guests likely will be talking about them.

Roller Shades

Roller shades in a contemporary room 

Roller shades are a great solution for contemporary rooms which have big windows and doors that fold into themselves. They’re handly tucked away and help you bring the outside view in.

If you like to sleep in total darkness in order to get a full night’s sleep, roller shades can come with room darkening add-ons. And if you need to block out unwanted noise, combine them with draperies that can be hidden by tying on the window’s sides.

Window Film

 A modern home with window film

Many contemporary rooms we’ve seen in the Clearwater area contain large windows that are 25-30 feet in height. And when they face towards the west, the sun can take a toll on the items inside.

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

In addition, the film blocks the sun’s UV rays. This helps your furnishings and carpet hold true to their color longer. Window film also contributes to the energy efficiency of your home.

Purchase Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Clearwater Home

Contact us at 813-580-7288 to schedule your free in-home design consultation. Our window treatment professionals bring you samples of the contemporary window treatment options you’re interested in. So you can purchase the window treatment that fits your home!

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