How To Choose Window Treatments For A Contemporary Room In Fort Myers05/02/2016Charlie Cole and Brady Parker When your home is decorated in contemporary style, you want your window treatments to 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 Fort Myers. Contemporary design can include a range of styles which are influenced by the second half 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, people want to open the space up. She’s heard people say 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 in a small condo situation - by opening up your view of the sky, the rain, and the sun 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 can be claustrophobic. Remove the layers. Pick window treatments that use clean lines. And get the contemporary look you’ve always wanted. Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In Fort Myers: Shutters For Contemporary Spaces 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. And you can 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 shines best when all the items are polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to clients who want window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preference because don’t warp over time and their colors stay true. 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 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 artwork on the wall. Go with as funky of a color as you want. 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 act as 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 large 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 varying shades of white, a bold red barn door stands out on the wall and adds 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 included in that experience. Your guests likely will be talking about them. Roller Shades Roller shades are a wonderful option for contemporary rooms that have large scale windows and doors which fold into themselves. They’re neatly tucked away, yet let you bring the outside view in. If you need to sleep in complete darkness so you can have a restful night’s sleep, roller shades can include room darkening add-ons. And if you need to reduce sounds, combine them with draperies that can be hidden by tying on the sides of the windows. Window Film 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, which 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.