Picking Window Treatments in Fort Lauderdale for a Contemporary Room05/02/2016Danielle Micich When your home’s style is contemporary, you want your window treatments to mirror that style as well. So we sat down with Jane Cunningham, Room Resolutions' principal designer, to better understand the process of selecting window treatments for contemporary rooms in Fort Lauderdale. Contemporary design covers a range of styles influenced by the later portion of the 20th century. It’s built on softer, cleaner lines. According to Jane, contemporary doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. Usually, her clients want to open the space up. She’s heard statements 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 your living space is small, you can bring the outside in by opening up your view of the sky, the rain, and the sun in Fort Lauderdale. The first step is to unclutter the windows. The windows in your grandparents’ house had multiple layers: shades on top of draperies, shutters, valances, and sheers. It can be claustrophobic. Remove the layers. By going with window treatments that are built with clean lines, you can achieve the contemporary look you’ve always wanted. Contemporary Window Treatment Options In Fort Lauderdale: Shutters For Contemporary Spaces Plantation shutters work well with contemporary spaces in Fort Lauderdale. They have wide 4.5” louvers which go with a contemporary style. And when you add a rear mount tilt rod to their wide louvers, your shutters create clean lines across the window. Shutters give you control over light. The panels can be swung open to the side so that you’ll have an open view of your entire window. Another option is to install divided shutters where the light comes in through the top. It’s easy to clean them, which is handy if the windows are usually dusty. Contemporary décor shines best when every surface is clean and polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to clients who want window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preferred shutter because they don’t change color and they don’t warp over time. She also notes that more contemporary spaces have reclaimed wood shutters. They give a little bit of nostalgia. They highlight the restorative use of hardware. They accentuate hardwood flooring to pull in the entire room. Reclaimed wood shutters let you find a new way to incorporate an element from the past. The novel idea of using 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. Pick as bright of a color as you desire. You can have the restorative look. Or design it to look just like a traditional barn door. And you can make it look contemporary like the hotel you recently stayed at. Modern barn doors act as room separators where you 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 look amazing on large windows with enough wall space. Shaker doors display an openness that matches a more contemporary style. Hardware makes a big difference. Pick stainless steel to make it look more contemporary. Or paint a barn door a bold color. If you had a room that was decorated primarily in varying shades of white, a bright red barn door pops on the wall and enhances 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 as well as an experience we can share with our guests. And a barn door is going to be part of that experience. Your guests likely will be talking about them. Roller Shades Roller shades are the perfect solution for contemporary rooms with big windows and doors that can fold into themselves. They’re handly tucked away and help you bring the outside view in. If you prefer to sleep in complete darkness in order to get a peaceful night’s sleep, roller shades can come with room darkening add-ons. If you need acoustical help to reduce unwanted noise, pair them with draperies which you can hide by tying on the sides of the windows. Window Film A lot of contemporary rooms we’ve seen in the Fort Lauderdale area contain large windows that are 25-30 feet tall. And when they face towards the west, the sun wear down the room’s items. Jane recommends window film to homeowners with homes that have large windows. It gives you an unhampered view of your outside surroundings, which is exactly what you want for a contemporary room. In addition, the film blocks the sun’s UV rays, which means your furniture and carpeting hold true to their color longer. It also helps your home be more energy efficient. Find Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Fort Lauderdale Home Call us at 561-440-8535 to arrange your free in-home design consultation. Our window treatment experts will show you samples of the contemporary window treatment options we carry and that you’re looking for. Then you’re ready to pick the window treatment that goes with your rooms! To learn more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, visit RoomResolutions.com.