Picking Window Treatments in New Brunswick for a Contemporary Room05/02/2016Mike Horn 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. In Jane’s experience, contemporary doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. Most of the time, people are trying 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 in by 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. Remove the layers. Go with window treatments that have clean lines. And get the contemporary look you desire. Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In New Brunswick: Shutters For Contemporary Homes Plantation shutters work well with contemporary spaces 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 windows have clean lines across them from the shutters. 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. And you can choose to mount divided shutters where you can have light streaming in from 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 are searching for 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 décor in the 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 plays into the contemporary style. Modern Barn Doors Barn doors are a full scale piece of art on the wall. Pick as funky of a color as you desire. You can get the restorative look. Or you can make it look exactly like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary feel similar to the hotel you just visited. Modern barn doors become room separators in spaces that usually don’t have full doors. This is particularly the case when you want to close off your kitchen part of the time. Barn doors as window coverings look amazing on large windows with sufficient wall space. Shaker doors have an open feel that lends itself to a more contemporary style. The hardware you decide on makes a difference. Pick stainless steel to get that contemporary look you want. Or choose a bold color of paint. If you had a room that was decorated primarily in differing shades of white, a red barn door stands out on the wall and contributes 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 Over the years, Cunningham has learned 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 included in 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 be folded into themselves. They’re discretely tucked away and let you bring in the outside view. If you prefer to sleep in total darkness so you can have a peaceful night’s sleep, roller shades can come with room darkening options. If you need to block out unwanted noise, combine them with draperies that can be hidden on the sides of the windows. Window Film A lot of contemporary rooms that are in the New Brunswick area contain large windows that are often 25-30 feet tall. And if they’re west-facing windows, the sun takes a toll on the furnishings and carpet. Jane suggests window film to homeowners 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. And it helps your home be more energy efficient. Purchase Contemporary Window Treatments For Your New Brunswick Home Give us a ring at 732-301-6168 to set up 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 fits your home! To learn more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, go to RoomResolutions.com today.