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Deciding on Window Treatments in Hartford for a Contemporary Room

May 02, 2016

When you’re decorating a room in contemporary style, your window treatments should be that same 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 Hartford.

Contemporary design includes a range of styles which are influenced 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. Most of the time, homeowners want to open up the room. 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 rooms “give you the freedom to move.” Even if your living space is small, you can bring the outdoors inby widening your view of the sun, the rain, and the outdoors in Hartford.

First, unclutter the windows. Your grandparents’ house had windows with many layers: shades on top of shutters, valances, and sheers. It feels claustrophobic. Get rid of the layers. Choose window treatments that offer clean lines. And get the contemporary look you desire.

Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In Hartford:

Shutters For Contemporary Spaces

 Plantation shutters in a gray contemporary room

Plantation shutters are perfect for contemporary homes in Hartford. The 4.5” louvers complement a contemporary style. When you add a rear mount tilt rod to these wide louvers, your shutters create crisp lines across the window.

Shutters offer you control over light. The panels can be swung open to the side so that you’ll have access to your entire window. Another option is to install divided shutters where you can have light streaming in from the top.

They’re easy to clean, which is especially helpful if the room gets dusty easily. Contemporary décor shines best when every surface is polished.

Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to clients who are looking for window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preference because they don’t get dingy and they don’t warp over the years.

A trend that Cunningham has noticed is that reclaimed wood shutters are showing up more in contemporary rooms. They give a touch of nostalgia. They show off the rustic look of hardware. They accentuate hardwood flooring to bring together the entire room. Reclaimed wood shutters allow you to take something from the past, revisit and reuse it. 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 masterpiece on the wall. Pick as funky of a color as you desire. 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 went to.

Modern barn doors can be used as room separators in places that traditionally don’t have full doors. This is particularly the case when you want to block off your kitchen at certain times.

Barn doors as window coverings are perfect for large windows with sufficient wall space. Shaker doors exhibit an openness that lends itself to a more contemporary style. The hardware makes a big difference. Select stainless steel for a more contemporary look. Or choose a bold color of paint. If you had a room that was decorated primarily in differing shades of white, a bright red barn door would pop 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 can share with our guests. And a barn door is included in that experience. Your guests will definitely be talking about them.

Roller Shades

Patterned roller shades in a contemporary room 

Roller shades are a great option for contemporary rooms with large windows and doors that can be folded into themselves. They’re tucked away and help you bring in the outside view.

If you prefer sleeping with complete room darkness so you can have a peaceful night’s sleep, roller shades can come with room darkening liners. If you need to dampen unwanted noise, pair them with draperies that can be hidden on the window’s sides.

Window Film

 A modern home with window film

Many contemporary rooms that are in the Hartford area contain large windows that are often 25-30 feet tall. And when they face west, the sun can take a toll on the items inside.

Jane recommends window film to her clients with rooms that have large windows. It allows you an unhampered view of the outdoors, which is just what you want for a contemporary room.

The film also blocks UV rays, and helps your carpeting and furniture retain their color longer. Window film also helps your home be more energy efficient.

Find Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Hartford Home

Call us at 860-266-5459 to schedule your free in-home design consultation. Our window treatment professionals will show you samples of the contemporary window treatments you’re interested in and their options. So you can buy the window treatment that fits your home!

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