When you’re decorating a room in contemporary style, you need your window treatments to mirror that style as well. We spoke with Room Resolutions’ principal designer, Jane Cunningham, to help our customers understand how to choose window treatments for contemporary rooms in Fort Myers.
Contemporary design includes a range of styles which are influenced by the second half 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 want to open the space up. Her clients have said things 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 homes “give you the freedom to move.” You can bring nature inside - even if you live in a small condo - by opening up your view of the sun, the sky, and the rain in Fort Myers.
Begin by uncluttering your windows. The windows in your grandparents’ house had many layers: shades on top of draperies, shutters, valances, and sheers. It feels claustrophobic. Let go of layers. Pick window treatments that have clean lines. And get the contemporary look you want.
Contemporary Window Treatment Options In Fort Myers:
Plantation shutters work great with contemporary homes in Fort Myers. Their wide 4.5” louvers go with a contemporary style. And when you combine these wide louvers with a rear mount tilt rod, your shutters create crisp lines across the window.
Shutters offer you control over the level of light. The panels can be swung open to the side so that you’ll have an open view of your entire window. You can also choose to mount divided shutters where you can have light coming in from the top.
They’re easy to clean, which is handy if the windows are often dusty. Contemporary décor looks its best when everything is polished.
Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to customers who want window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preference because don’t warp over time and they don’t fade.
According to Cunningham, reclaimed wood shutters are showing up more in contemporary rooms. They provide a touch of nostalgia. They bring back the industrial look 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 plays into the contemporary style.
Barn doors are a full scale piece of artwork on the wall. Go with as funky of a color as you like. You can get the restorative look. Or design it to look 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 often don’t have full doors. An example would be when you want to block off your kitchen but not all the time.
Barn doors as window coverings are perfect for large windows with enough wall space. Shaker doors exhibit an openness that is reminiscent of a more contemporary style. The hardware makes a big difference. Select stainless steel to make it look more contemporary. Or choose paint in a bold color. If you had a room that was decorated primarily in differing shades of white, a bold 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 has learned 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 a portion of that experience. Your guests likely will be talking about them.
Roller shades are a wonderful window treatment for contemporary rooms that have large scale windows and doors which be folded into themselves. They’re handly tucked away and let you bring the outside view in.
If you like to sleep in complete darkness so you can have a peaceful night’s sleep, roller shades can include room darkening add-ons. And if you need to reduce noise, combine them with draperies which you can hide by tying on the sides of the windows.
A lot of contemporary rooms in the Fort Myers area have large windows that can be 25-30 feet in height. And if they’re west-facing windows, the sun can take a toll on the furnishings and carpet.
Jane likes to suggest window film to anyone with large windows. It allows you an unhampered view of the outdoors, which is just what you want for a contemporary room.
In addition, the film blocks UV rays. This means your furniture and carpeting hold true to their color longer. Window film also contributes your home’s energy efficiency.
Find Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Fort Myers Home
Give us a ring at 239-208-6577 to arrange your free in-home design consultation. Our professionals bring you samples of the contemporary window treatment options you’re interested in. Then you’re ready to decide on the window treatment that’s perfect for your rooms!
To find out more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, visit RoomResolutions.com.