How To Choose Window Treatments For A Houston Contemporary Room05/02/2016Cory Cryer When you’re decorating a room in contemporary style, you want your window treatments to reflect that style too. We spoke with Jane Cunningham, principal designer at Room Resolutions, to better understand how customers should pick the right window treatments for contemporary rooms in Houston. Contemporary décor 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, people are looking to open up the space. 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.” Even if your living space is small, you can bring the outdoors in by opening up your view of the sun, the rain, and the outdoors in Houston. First, unclutter the windows. If you think about your grandparents’ windows, they probably had many layers: shades on top of shutters, valances, and sheers. It feels claustrophobic. Let go of layers. Choose window treatments that use clean lines. And get the contemporary look you desire. Your Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In Houston: Shutters For Contemporary Homes Plantation shutters work well with contemporary homes in Houston. Their wide 4.5” louvers complement a contemporary style. When you add a rear mount tilt rod to these wide louvers, your shutters create clean lines across the window. Shutters offer you control over the level of light. The panels can be swung open to the side so that you’ll have an open view of your entire window. You can also choose to have divided shutters. These shutters have the light coming in through the top. They’re easy to clean, which is important if the space quickly gets dusty. Contemporary décor looks its best when all the items are polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to homeowners who are searching for window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preferred shutter because their colors stay true and they won’t warp over time. She also notes that more contemporary spaces have reclaimed wood shutters. They give a touch of nostalgia. They show off the rustic look of hardware. They go well with hardwood flooring to pull in the entire room. Reclaimed wood shutters let you revisit and reuse something 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 art on the wall. Go with as bold of a color as you desire. You can go with the restorative look. You can make it look exactly like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary look similar to the hotel you recently went to. Modern barn doors can be used as room separators in places that traditionally don’t have full doors. For example, when you want to close off your kitchen at certain times. Barn doors as window treatments look amazing on large windows with sufficient wall space. Shaker doors have an open feel that matches a more contemporary style. The hardware makes a large difference. Choose stainless steel to make it look more contemporary. Or paint a barn door a bold color. If your room had primarily shades of white, a red barn door stands out 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 Cunningham has learned from experience that our homes are part of who we are as well as an experience our guests can share with us. And a barn door is a portion of that experience. Your guests will definitely be talking about them. Roller Shades Roller shades are the perfect solution for contemporary rooms that have large windows and doors which fold into themselves. They’re handly tucked away and allow you to bring the outside view in. If you need to sleep in total darkness so you can have a peaceful night’s sleep, roller shades can include room darkening liners. And if you need acoustical help to block out noise, combine them with draperies that can be hidden from sight on the window’s sides. Window Film Most contemporary rooms that are in the Houston area have large windows that are 25-30 feet tall. And if they’re west-facing windows, the sun wear down the items inside. Jane suggests window film to homeowners with large windows. It allows you an unhampered view of outside, which is perfect for a contemporary room. In addition, the film blocks UV rays, which helps your carpeting and furniture retain their color longer. It also contributes your home’s energy efficiency. Find Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Houston Home Give us a ring at 713-853-9629 to arrange your free in-home design consultation. Our window treatment professionals come to your home and show you samples of the contemporary window treatment options you’re interested in. Now you can buy the window treatment that goes with your rooms! To find out more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, go to RoomResolutions.com.