When your home’s style is contemporary, you want your window treatments to mirror that style as well. We spoke with Room Resolutions’ principal designer, Jane Cunningham, to better understand how customers should choose the right window treatments for contemporary rooms in Tampa.
Contemporary décor can include a range of styles that are inspired by the second half of the 20th century. Its main features are its softer, cleaner lines. According to Jane, how people define contemporary differs from person to person. The majority of the time, homeowners are trying to open up the space. She’s heard her clients 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 rooms “give you the freedom to move.” You can bring nature inside - even in a small condo situation - by opening up your view of the sun, the rain, and the outdoors in Tampa.
First, unclutter the windows. If you think about your grandparents’ windows, they probably had many layers: shades on top of shutters, valances, and sheers. It feels claustrophobic. Get rid of the layers. By going with window treatments that are built with clean lines, you can get the contemporary look you’ve always wanted.
Your Contemporary Window Treatment Options In Tampa:
Plantation shutters are great for contemporary spaces in Tampa. The 4.5” louvers go with a contemporary style. And when you add a rear mount tilt rod to their wide louvers, your windows have clean lines across them from the shutters.
Shutters give you light control. You can swing open the panels to the side and see through your entire window. And you can choose to have 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 every surface is clean 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 don’t warp over the years.
She also notes that more contemporary spaces have reclaimed wood shutters. They provide a touch of nostalgia. They bring back the industrial look of hardware. They complement hardwood flooring to pull in the entire room. Reclaimed wood shutters let you find a new way to incorporate an element from the past. And the new application of reclaimed wood as shutters goes right along with the contemporary style.
Barn doors are a full scale piece of artwork on the wall. Choose as bright of a color as you desire. You can go with the restorative look. Or you can design it to look like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary look that matches the hotel you just visited.
Modern barn doors can be used as room separators in spaces that usually don’t have full doors. This is particularly the case when you want to block off your kitchen at certain times.
Barn doors as window treatments look amazing on large windows with adequate wall space. Shaker doors exhibit an openness that matches a more contemporary style. Hardware makes a difference. Pick stainless steel for a more contemporary look. Or choose paint in a bold color. If you had a room that was decorated primarily in shades of white, a bold red barn door pops against the wall and adds to the room.
“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 years of experience that our homes are part of who we are as well as an experience we’re sharing with our guests. And a barn door is included in that experience - and something your guests will be talking about.
Roller shades are the perfect option for contemporary rooms with large windows and doors that can be folded into themselves. They’re discretely tucked away and allow you to bring in the outside view.
If you like to sleep in total darkness so you can get a full night’s sleep, roller shades can come with room darkening add-ons. If you need to reduce noise, combine them with draperies that can be hidden on the sides of the windows.
A lot of contemporary rooms in the Tampa area contain large windows that are often 25-30 feet in height. And when they face towards the west, the sun can take a toll on the room’s items.
Jane recommends window film to her clients with homes that have large windows. It provides you with a wide view of your outside surroundings, which is exactly what you want for a contemporary room.
The film also blocks the sun’s UV rays, and means your furnishings and carpet hold true to their color longer. And it helps your home be more energy efficient.
Purchase Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Tampa Home
Call us at 813-580-7288 to schedule your free in-home design consultation. Our experts bring you samples of the contemporary window treatments you’re interested in and their options. Then you’re ready to order the window treatment that fits your home!
To find out more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, browse through RoomResolutions.com.