Picking Window Treatments in Raleigh for a Contemporary Room05/02/2016Blake Jarman When your home is decorated in contemporary style, you need your window treatments to 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 Raleigh. Contemporary décor can include a range of styles which are inspired by the later portion of the 20th century. Its main features are its softer, cleaner lines. According to Jane, contemporary means something different to everyone. Usually, people want to open the room up. She’s heard her clients 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 spaces “give you the freedom to move.” Even if you live in a small condo, you can bring the outside in by expanding your view of the sun, the rain, and the outdoors in Raleigh. First, unclutter your windows. The windows in your grandparents’ house had a lot of layers: shades on top of valances, shutters, draperies, and sheers. It can be claustrophobic. Let go of layers. By choosing window treatments that offer clean lines, you can get the contemporary look you desire. Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In Raleigh: Shutters For Contemporary Spaces Plantation shutters are great for contemporary rooms in Raleigh. The 4.5” louvers complement a contemporary style. When you add a rear mount tilt rod to their wide louvers, your shutters create clean lines across the window. Shutters offer you light control. You can swing open the panels to the side and have an open view of your entire window. Another option is to have divided shutters. These shutters have the light coming in through the top. It’s easy to clean them, which is especially helpful if the windows are often dusty. Contemporary décor shines best when all the items are tidy and polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to homeowners who are searching for window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preference because they don’t get dingy and they don’t warp over time. She also notes that reclaimed wood shutters are showing up more in contemporary rooms. They give a little bit of nostalgia. They bring back the industrial look of hardware. They complement hardwood flooring to pull in the entire décor of the room. Reclaimed wood shutters let you take something from the past, revisit and reuse it. And the new application of 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 bright of a color as you desire. You can have the restorative look. Or make it look exactly like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary look that matches the hotel you just visited. Modern barn doors can be used as room separators in places that often don’t have full doors. For example, when you want to close off your kitchen at certain times. Barn doors as window coverings look amazing on large windows with adequate wall space. Shaker doors exhibit an openness that is reminiscent of a more contemporary style. The hardware makes a big difference. Choose stainless steel for a more contemporary look. Or choose a bold color of paint. For example, if the entire room is varying shades of white, a red barn door stands out against the wall and enhances 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 areand also an experience we can share with our guests. And a barn door is included in that experience - and something your guests will be talking about. Roller Shades Roller shades are a great window treatment for contemporary rooms that have large windows and doors which be folded into themselves. They’re discretely tucked away and let you bring in the outside view. If you like to sleep in complete darkness in order to get a peaceful night’s sleep, roller shades can come with room darkening liners. And if you want to reduce unwanted noise, combine them with draperies that can be hidden from sight by tying on the sides of the windows. Window Film Most contemporary rooms in the Raleigh area feature large windows that can be 25-30 feet tall. And when they face towards the west, the sun wear down the room’s items. Jane likes to suggest window film to her clients with large windows. It gives you a full view of your outside surroundings, which is perfect for a contemporary room. The film also blocks UV rays, and helps your furnishings and carpet maintain their color longer. And it helps your home be more energy efficient. Get Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Raleigh Home Contact us at 919-887-9198 to arrange your free in-home design consultation. Our professionals bring you samples of the contemporary window treatment options you’re interested in. Then you’re ready to buy the window treatment that’s perfect for your rooms! To learn more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, go to RoomResolutions.com today.