Deciding on Window Treatments in Austin for a Contemporary Room05/02/2016Tyler Jorgensen When your home is decorated in contemporary style, your window treatments should mirror that style as well. So we talked to Jane Cunningham, principal designer at Room Resolutions, to better understand how customers should select the right window treatments for contemporary rooms in Austin. Contemporary design can include a range of styles influenced by the later portion of the 20th century. Its main features are its softer, cleaner lines. According to Jane, contemporary doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. Usually, homeowners are looking to open up the space. She’s heard statements 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 spaces “give you the freedom to move.” Even if you live in a small condo, you can bring the outside in by opening up your view of the sun, the sky, and the rain in Austin. The first step is to unclutter your windows. The windows in your grandparents’ house had multiple layers. There were shades on top of shutters, valances, and sheers. It can be claustrophobic. Let go of layers. Choose window treatments that have clean lines. And get the contemporary look you want. Your Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In Austin: Shutters For Contemporary Rooms Plantation shutters are great for contemporary rooms in Austin. They have wide 4.5” louvers which reflect 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 offer you control over light. The panels can be swung open to the side so that you’ll see through your entire window. And you can choose to have divided shutters. These shutters have the light streaming in through the top. It’s easy to clean them, which is handy if the room gets dusty easily. Contemporary décor looks its best when all the items are polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to clients interested in window treatments for contemporary rooms. She prefers them because they don’t change color and they don’t warp over time. A trend that Cunningham has noticed is that more contemporary spaces have reclaimed wood shutters. They provide a bit of nostalgia. They bring back the industrial look of hardware. They complement hardwood flooring to bring together all the décor in the room. With reclaimed wood shutters, you can take something from the past, revisit and reuse it. The idea of using reclaimed wood as shutters plays into the contemporary style. Modern Barn Doors Barn doors are a full scale piece of artwork on the wall. Pick as funky of a color as you want. You can get the restorative look. Or have it look just like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary feel like the hotel you just stayed at. Modern barn doors become room separators where you that often don’t have full doors. This is particularly the case when you want to close off your kitchen but not all the time. Barn doors as window treatments are perfect for large windows with big enough wall space. Shaker doors have an open feel that goes along with a more contemporary style. The hardware makes a large 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 bold red barn door would pop against 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’re sharing with our guests. And a barn door is part of that experience - and something your guests will be talking about. Roller Shades Roller shades are a great option for contemporary rooms that have large windows and doors that can be folded into themselves. They’re handly tucked away and let you bring in the outside view. If you prefer to sleep in complete darkness in order to get a peaceful night’s sleep, roller shades can come with room darkening add-ons. If you need to reduce unwanted noise, pair them with draperies which you can hide on the sides of the windows. Window Film Many contemporary rooms we’ve seen in the Austin area have large windows that are often 25-30 feet tall. And if they’re west-facing windows, the sun wear down the furnishings and carpet. Jane suggests window film to her clients with rooms that have large windows. It gives you a wide view of outside, which is just what you want for a contemporary room. The film blocks UV rays, which means your furnishings and carpet maintain their color longer. It also helps your home save energy. Find Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Austin Home Contact us at 512-549-6077 to arrange your free in-home design consultation. Our window treatment professionals will show you samples of the contemporary window treatments you’re interested in and their options. Then you’re ready to decide on the window treatment that’s perfect for your home! To find out more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, visit RoomResolutions.com today.