How To Decide On Window Treatments For A Nashville Contemporary Room05/02/2016Stefano Diotaiuti When your home’s style is contemporary, you want your window treatments to reflect that style too. We talked to Room Resolutions’ principal designer, Jane Cunningham, to help our customers understand how to pick window treatments for contemporary rooms in Nashville. Contemporary décor includes a range of styles which are inspired by the later portion of the 20th century. It’s built on softer, cleaner lines. According to Jane, how people define contemporary differs from person to person. Usually, her clients want to open up the space. She’s heard people 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.” Even in a small condo situation, you can bring the outdoors in by opening up your view of the sun, the rain, and the outdoors in Nashville. The first step is to unclutter the windows. The windows in your grandparents’ house had a lot of layers. There were shades on top of sheers, draperies, and shutters. It can be claustrophobic. Remove the layers. By going for window treatments that offer clean lines, you can achieve the contemporary look you desire. Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In Nashville: Shutters For Contemporary Homes Plantation shutters are great for contemporary spaces in Nashville. The 4.5” louvers go with a contemporary style. When you pair these wide louvers with a rear mount tilt rod, your windows have clean lines across them from the shutters. Shutters offer you light control. The panels can be swung open to the side so that you’ll have access to your entire window. And you can choose to install divided shutters where the light streams in through the top. They’re easy to clean, which is important if the space quickly gets dusty. Contemporary décor looks best when everything is polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to homeowners interested in window treatments for contemporary rooms. She recommends them because their colors stay true and they won’t warp over time. A trend that Cunningham has noticed is that more contemporary spaces have reclaimed wood shutters. They offer a bit of nostalgia. They highlight the restorative use of hardware. They complement hardwood flooring to bring together the entire décor of the room. Reclaimed wood shutters let you find a new way to incorporate an element from the past. 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 masterpiece on the wall. Pick as funky of a color as you want. You can go with the restorative look. Or you can have it look just like a traditional barn door. And you can make it look contemporary that matches the hotel you recently visited. Modern barn doors become room separators in spaces that usually don’t have full doors. An example would be when you want to block off your kitchen at certain times. Barn doors as window treatments are perfect for large windows with big enough wall space. Shaker doors display an openness that matches a more contemporary style. The hardware you decide on makes a large difference. Choose stainless steel to get that contemporary look you want. Or choose a bold color of paint. For example, if the entire room is differing shades of white, a red barn door would pop against the wall and contributes 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. They’re also an experience we’re sharing with our guests. And a barn door is part of that experience. Your guests likely will be talking about them. Roller Shades Roller shades are a wonderful option for contemporary rooms with large windows and doors which fold into themselves. They’re neatly tucked away, yet let you bring in the outside view. If you like sleeping with total room darkness so you can have a full night’s sleep, roller shades can come with room darkening add-ons. If you want to block out sounds, pair them with draperies that can be hidden on the window’s sides. Window Film Many contemporary rooms we’ve seen in the Nashville area feature large windows that can be 25-30 feet in height. And when they face west, the sun can take a toll on the room’s items. Jane suggests window film to homeowners with homes that have large windows. It allows you a full view of outside, which is exactly what you want for a contemporary room. The film also blocks the sun’s UV rays, which means your furnishings and carpet maintain their color longer. Window film also contributes your home’s energy efficiency. Get Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Nashville Home Give us a ring at 615-236-8530 to set up your free in-home design consultation. Our window treatment professionals will show you samples of the contemporary window treatment options you’re interested in. Now you can choose the window treatment that goes with your rooms! To find out more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, browse through RoomResolutions.com today.