Choosing Window Treatments in Tampa for a Contemporary Room05/02/2016Eric Ramsey When your home’s style is contemporary, you need your window treatments to reflect that style too. We spoke with Room Resolutions’ principal designer, Jane Cunningham, to better understand the process of choosing window treatments for contemporary rooms in Tampa. Contemporary décor includes a range of styles that are influenced by the last half of the 20th century. It features softer, cleaner lines. In Jane’s experience, everyone has a slightly different definition of contemporary. 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 spaces “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. The first step is to unclutter the windows. If you think about your grandparents’ windows, they probably had many layers: shades on top of shutters, valances, and sheers. It can be claustrophobic. Get rid of the layers. By going for 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: Shutters For Contemporary Rooms 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 have access to your entire window. You can also choose to install divided shutters where the light comes in through the top. They’re easy to clean, which is especially helpful 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. According to Cunningham, more contemporary rooms feature 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. Modern Barn Doors 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 traditionally 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. The hardware makes a difference. Pick stainless steel to get that contemporary look you want. Or choose paint in a bold color. If you had a room that was decorated primarily in shades of white, a bright red barn door would pop against the wall and contributes 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. Your guests will definitely be talking about them. Roller Shades 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 let you bring in the outside view. If you need 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 sounds, combine them with draperies which you can hide on the sides of the windows. Window Film A lot of contemporary rooms in the Tampa area contain large windows that are 25-30 feet in height. And when they face towards the west, the sun takes a toll on the items inside. 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. Get Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Tampa Home Contact us at 813-580-7288 to schedule your free in-home design consultation. Our experts come to your home and show you samples of the contemporary window treatment options we carry and that you’re looking for. Then you’re ready to order the window treatment that’s perfect for your home! To learn more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, browse through RoomResolutions.com.