How To Select Window Treatments For A Contemporary Room In Kingsport05/02/2016Jacob Hayes When you’re decorating a room in contemporary style, you need your window treatments to mirror that style as well. So 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 Kingsport. Contemporary décor covers a range of styles that are inspired by the later portion of the 20th century. Its main features are its softer, cleaner lines. In Jane’s experience, contemporary means something different to everyone. Usually, people are trying to open the room up. She’s heard people 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 homes “give you the freedom to move.” You can bring the outside in - even if you live in a small condo - by opening up your view of the sun, the rain, and the outdoors in Kingsport. First, unclutter your windows. If you think about your grandparents’ windows, they probably had a lot of layers: shades on top of sheers, draperies, and shutters. It feels claustrophobic. Get rid of the layers. Go with window treatments that have clean lines. And get the contemporary look you’ve always wanted. Contemporary Window Treatment Options In Kingsport: Shutters For Contemporary Rooms Plantation shutters are perfect for contemporary homes in Kingsport. The 4.5” louvers go with a contemporary style. When you add a rear mount tilt rod to their wide louvers, your windows have clean lines across them from the shutters. Shutters give you control over light. 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 comes in through the top. It’s easy to clean shutters, which is especially helpful if the space quickly gets dusty. Contemporary décor shines best when all the items are clean and polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to customers interested in window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preference because don’t warp over the years and they don’t fade. A trend that Cunningham has noticed is that reclaimed wood shutters are becoming popular in contemporary rooms. They provide a little bit of nostalgia. They bring back the industrial look of hardware. They go well with hardwood flooring to bring together all the décor in the room. 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. Modern Barn Doors Barn doors are a full scale piece of art on the wall. Choose as bold of a color as you like. You can go with the restorative look. Or design it to look like a traditional barn door. And you can make it look contemporary similar to the hotel you recently went to. Modern barn doors act as room separators where you that traditionally don’t have full doors. This is particularly the case when you want to block off your kitchen part of the time. Barn doors as window treatments work well on large windows with big enough wall space. Shaker doors exhibit an openness that matches a more contemporary style. The hardware you decide on makes a big difference. Select stainless steel to make it look more contemporary. Or paint a barn door a bold color. If you had a room that was decorated primarily in varying shades of white, a bright red barn door pops on 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 knows from years of 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 going to be part of that experience - and something your guests will be talking about. Roller Shades Roller shades are a great window treatment for contemporary rooms which have large windows and doors which be folded into themselves. They’re discretely tucked away and allow you to bring the outside view in. If you need to sleep in complete darkness so you can have a full night’s sleep, roller shades can come with room darkening options. And if you want to reduce unwanted noise, combine them with draperies that can be hidden by tying on the window’s sides. Window Film Most contemporary rooms we’ve seen in the Kingsport 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 items inside. Jane suggests window film to anyone with homes that have large windows. It allows you an unhampered view of your outside surroundings, which is exactly what you want for a contemporary room. The film blocks UV rays. This helps your furniture and carpeting retain their color longer. Window film also contributes your home’s energy efficiency. Find Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Kingsport Home Give us a ring at 276-378-7422 to arrange your free in-home design consultation. Our 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, go to RoomResolutions.com today.