Choosing Window Treatments in Destin for a Contemporary Room05/02/2016Eric Ramsey When your home is decorated in contemporary style, you need your window treatments to reflect that style too. We talked to Jane Cunningham, Room Resolutions' principal designer, to better understand the process of choosing window treatments for contemporary rooms in Destin. Contemporary design includes a range of styles influenced by the last half of the 20th century. Its main features are its softer, cleaner lines. According to Jane, everyone has a slightly different definition of contemporary. Usually, her clients want to open up the space. She’s heard statements 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 outside in by widening your view of the sun, the rain, and the outdoors in Destin. First, unclutter the windows. If you think about your grandparents’ windows, they probably had many layers. There were shades on top of valances, shutters, draperies, and sheers. It can be claustrophobic. Get rid of the layers. By going with window treatments that offer clean lines, you can achieve the contemporary look you desire. Contemporary Window Treatment Options In Destin: Shutters For Contemporary Homes Plantation shutters are perfect for contemporary homes in Destin. Their wide 4.5” louvers complement a contemporary style. When you pair these wide louvers with a rear mount tilt rod, your shutters create clean lines across the window. Shutters give you control over light. You can open the panels to the side and have access to your entire window. And you can choose to mount divided shutters where the light streams in through the top. They’re also easy to clean, which is important if the windows are often dusty. Contemporary décor shines best when every surface is clean and polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to homeowners who are looking for window treatments for contemporary rooms. She prefers them because don’t warp over time and they don’t fade. A trend that Cunningham has noticed is that reclaimed wood shutters are showing up more in contemporary rooms. They offer a little bit of nostalgia. They show off the rustic look of hardware. They complement hardwood flooring to tie in all the décor in the room. Reclaimed wood shutters let you take something from the past, revisit and reuse it. The idea of using 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 funky of a color as you want. You can go with the restorative look. Or have it look like a traditional barn door. And you can make it look contemporary similar to the hotel you recently went to. Modern barn doors become room separators where you that traditionally don’t have full doors. For example, when you want to block off your kitchen at certain times. Barn doors as window treatments are perfect for large windows with sufficient wall space. Shaker doors exhibit an openness that goes along with a more contemporary style. The hardware you decide on makes a big difference. Select stainless steel for a more contemporary look. Or choose paint in a bold color. If you had a room that was decorated primarily in varying shades of white, a bright 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 Cunningham knows from experience that our homes are part of who we are. They’re also an experience we can share with our guests. And a barn door is included in that experience. Your guests will definitely be talking about them. Roller Shades Roller shades are the perfect window treatment for contemporary rooms which have large windows and doors that can fold into themselves. They’re handly tucked away and let you bring the outside view in. If you prefer to sleep in complete darkness so you can have a restful night’s sleep, roller shades can include room darkening liners. If you need to block out sounds, combine them with draperies that can be hidden from sight by tying on the window’s sides. Window Film Many contemporary rooms we’ve seen in the Destin area contain large windows that are 25-30 feet in height. And when they face towards the west, the sun can take a toll on the items inside. Jane likes to suggest window film to anyone with large windows. It gives you a wide view of the outdoors, which is perfect for a contemporary room. The film blocks UV rays. This means your furnishings and carpet maintain their color longer. Window film also contributes your home’s energy efficiency. Get Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Destin Home Call us at 850-203-0419 to schedule your free in-home design consultation. Our window treatment experts bring you samples of the contemporary window treatment options you’re interested in. Now 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.