Picking Window Treatments in Detroit for a Contemporary Room05/02/2016Steve Hill When your home’s style is contemporary, your window treatments should reflect that style too. So we spoke with Room Resolutions’ principal designer, Jane Cunningham, to better understand how customers should pick the right window treatments for contemporary rooms in Detroit. Contemporary décor 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, contemporary doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. Usually, people are trying to open up the room. She’s heard her clients 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 rooms “give you the freedom to move.” Even if you live in a small condo, you can bring the outdoors in by widening your view of the sky, the rain, and the sun in Detroit. The first step is to unclutter the windows. If you think about your grandparents’ windows, they probably had a lot of layers: shades on top of draperies, shutters, valances, and sheers. It feels claustrophobic. Let go of layers. Look for window treatments that use clean lines. And get the contemporary look you want. Your Contemporary Window Treatment Options In Detroit: Shutters For Contemporary Rooms Plantation shutters are great for contemporary rooms in Detroit. 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 offer you light control. You can open the panels to the side and see through 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 important if the windows are usually dusty. Contemporary décor looks best when every surface is tidy and polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to customers interested in window treatments for contemporary rooms. She prefers them because they don’t change color and they won’t warp over time. A trend that Cunningham has noticed is that more contemporary spaces have reclaimed wood shutters. They give a little bit of nostalgia. They show off the rustic look of hardware. They go well with hardwood flooring to bring together all the décor in the room. With reclaimed wood shutters, you can find a new way to incorporate an element from the past. The idea of using reclaimed wood as shutters goes right along with the contemporary style. Modern Barn Doors Barn doors are a full scale masterpiece on the wall. Go with as bold of a color as you desire. You can have the restorative look. Or make it look just like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary feel similar to the hotel you just visited. Modern barn doors act as room separators where you that traditionally don’t have full doors. For example, when you want to block off your kitchen but not all the time. Barn doors as window treatments are perfect for large windows with adequate wall space. Shaker doors exhibit an openness that matches a more contemporary style. The hardware makes a large difference. Select stainless steel to get that contemporary look you want. Or paint a barn door a bold color. If you had a room that was decorated primarily in differing shades of white, a red barn door pops 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 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 a portion of that experience - and something your guests will be talking about. Roller Shades Roller shades are a great solution for contemporary rooms that have large scale windows and doors that can be folded into themselves. They’re handly tucked away and help you bring the outside view in. If you need to sleep in total darkness so you can have a full night’s sleep, roller shades can come with room darkening add-ons. And if you need to block out noise, combine them with draperies that can be hidden from sight by tying on the sides of the windows. Window Film A lot of contemporary rooms that are in the Detroit area have large windows that can be 25-30 feet tall. And when they face towards the west, the sun can take a toll on the room’s items. Jane recommends window film to homeowners with homes that have large windows. It gives you an unhampered view of outside, which is just what you want for a contemporary room. In addition, the film blocks the sun’s UV rays, and means your furnishings and carpet retain their color longer. And it contributes your home’s energy efficiency. Find Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Detroit Home Call us at 248-429-9294 to set up your free in-home design consultation. Our professionals come to your home and show you samples of the contemporary window treatment options you’re interested in. Then you’re ready to purchase the window treatment that fits your rooms! To find out more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, go to RoomResolutions.com.