When your home’s style is contemporary, your window treatments should reflect that style too. We spoke with Jane Cunningham, principal designer at Room Resolutions, to help our customers understand how to choose window treatments for contemporary rooms in New Brunswick.
Contemporary décor includes a range of styles that are inspired by the later portion of the 20th century. It’s built on softer, cleaner lines. According to Jane, contemporary doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. Most of the time, people are looking to open the space up. Her clients have said 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 rooms “give you the freedom to move.” Even if your living space is small, you can bring the outdoors inby expanding your view of the sun, the sky, and the rain in New Brunswick.
First, unclutter your windows. The windows in your grandparents’ house had a lot of layers: shades on top of draperies, shutters, valances, and sheers. It feels claustrophobic. Let go of layers. Go with window treatments that use clean lines. And get the contemporary look you desire.
Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In New Brunswick:
Plantation shutters are great for contemporary rooms in New Brunswick. The 4.5” louvers go with a contemporary style. And when you add a rear mount tilt rod to these wide louvers, your shutters create clean lines across the window.
Shutters give you light control. The panels can be swung open to the side so that you’ll have access to your entire window. You can also choose to mount divided shutters where the light streams in through the top.
It’s easy to clean them, which is important if the windows are often dusty. Contemporary décor looks best when every surface is tidy and polished.
Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to homeowners who want window treatments for contemporary rooms. She recommends them because they don’t change color and they won’t warp over time.
A trend that Cunningham has noticed is that more contemporary rooms feature reclaimed wood shutters. They have a little bit of nostalgia. They highlight the restorative use of hardware. They go well with hardwood flooring to pull in all the elements of the space. Reclaimed wood shutters allow you to take something from the past, revisit and reuse it. And the new application of reclaimed wood as shutters is the epitome of the contemporary style.
Barn doors are a full scale piece of art on the wall. Pick as bright of a color as you desire. You can get the restorative look. Or you can make it look just like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary feel like the hotel you just visited.
Modern barn doors become room separators in spaces that usually don’t have full doors. For example, when you want to close off your kitchen but not all the time.
Barn doors as window coverings look amazing on large windows with adequate wall space. Shaker doors display an openness that lends itself to a more contemporary style. The hardware you decide on makes a difference. Pick stainless steel for a more contemporary look. Or paint a barn door a bold color. If you had a room that was decorated primarily in differing shades of white, a red barn door stands out 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 has learned from 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 included in that experience. Your guests likely will be talking about them.
Roller shades are a wonderful option for contemporary rooms with large scale 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 so you can have a restful night’s sleep, roller shades can include room darkening liners. If you need to block out unwanted noise, combine them with draperies which you can hide on the sides of the windows.
A lot of contemporary rooms we’ve seen in the New Brunswick area contain large windows that are 25-30 feet tall. And when they face west, the sun can take a toll on the furnishings and carpet.
Jane suggests window film to her clients with large windows. It provides you with a wide view of the outdoors, which is just what you want for a contemporary room.
In addition, the film blocks the sun’s UV rays, which means your furniture and carpeting maintain their color longer. It also helps your home be more energy efficient.
Get Contemporary Window Treatments For Your New Brunswick Home
Give us a ring at 732-301-6168 to schedule your free in-home design consultation. Our professionals will show you samples of the contemporary window treatment options you’re interested in. So you can decide on the window treatment that’s perfect for your home!
To find out more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, go to RoomResolutions.com today.