How To Decide On Window Treatments For A Contemporary Room In Hartford05/02/2016Holly Perron When you’re decorating a room in contemporary style, your window treatments should reflect that style too. So we sat down with Jane Cunningham, Room Resolutions' principal designer, to better understand the process of picking window treatments for contemporary rooms in Hartford. Contemporary design can include a range of styles that are inspired by the last half of the 20th century. It’s built on softer, cleaner lines. In Jane’s experience, everyone has a slightly different definition of contemporary. Usually, people are looking to open the room up. She’s heard her clients say 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 rooms “give you the freedom to move.” You can bring the outdoors in - even in a small condo situation - by widening your view of the sun, the sky, and the rain in Hartford. First, unclutter your windows. If you think about your grandparents’ windows, they probably had many layers: shades on top of sheers, draperies, and shutters. It’s often claustrophobic. Get rid of the layers. Choose window treatments that have clean lines. And get the contemporary look you want. Contemporary Window Treatment Options In Hartford: Shutters For Contemporary Rooms Plantation shutters are great for contemporary rooms in Hartford. They have wide 4.5” louvers which 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 give you light control. You can open the panels to the side and see through your entire window. And you can choose to install divided shutters. These shutters have the light coming in through the top. They’re easy to clean, which is something to consider if the room quickly gets dusty. Contemporary décor looks its best when every surface is clean and polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to clients who are searching for window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preference because won’t warp over time and they don’t fade. A trend that Cunningham has noticed is that more contemporary rooms feature reclaimed wood shutters. They provide a little bit of nostalgia. They show off the rustic look of hardware. They complement hardwood flooring to bring together all the décor in the room. Reclaimed wood shutters let you find a new way to incorporate an element from the past. The novel idea of using reclaimed wood as shutters goes right along with the contemporary style. Modern Barn Doors Barn doors are a full scale piece of artwork on the wall. Go with as bright of a color as you want. You can get the restorative look. You can make it look just like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary look similar to the hotel you recently went to. Modern barn doors act as room separators in spaces that often don’t have full doors. This is particularly the case when you want to block off your kitchen part of the time. Barn doors as window coverings are perfect for large windows with enough wall space. Shaker doors exhibit an openness that is reminiscent of a more contemporary style. Hardware makes a large difference. Choose stainless steel to make it look more contemporary. Or choose a bold color of paint. For example, if the entire room is shades of white, a bright 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 years of experience that our homes are part of who we are. They’re also an experience our guests can share with us. And a barn door is part of that experience. Your guests likely will be talking about them. Roller Shades Roller shades are a great window treatment for contemporary rooms with big windows and doors that be folded into themselves. They’re discretely tucked away and allow you to bring in the outside view. If you prefer to sleep in total darkness in order to get a full night’s sleep, roller shades can come with room darkening options. If you need acoustical help to block out noise, combine them with draperies that can be hidden on the window’s sides. Window Film A lot of contemporary rooms that are in the Hartford area have large windows that can be 25-30 feet in height. And when they face towards the west, the sun takes a toll on the room’s items. Jane likes to suggest window film to homeowners with homes that have large windows. It allows you an unhampered view of your outside surroundings, which is perfect for a contemporary room. In addition, the film blocks UV rays, which means your furnishings and carpet maintain their color longer. It also contributes your home’s energy efficiency. Get Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Hartford Home Call us at 860-266-5459 to set up your free in-home design consultation. Our window treatment professionals come to your home and show you samples of the contemporary window treatment options we carry and that you’re looking for. Now you can pick the window treatment that goes with your rooms! To find out more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, visit RoomResolutions.com today.