Choosing Window Treatments in Phoenix for a Contemporary Room05/02/2016Greg Arnett When your home is decorated in contemporary style, you want your window treatments to reflect that style too. So we sat down with Jane Cunningham, principal designer at Room Resolutions, to better understand the process of choosing window treatments for contemporary rooms in Phoenix. Contemporary décor can include a range of styles which are inspired by the last half of the 20th century. Its main features are its softer, cleaner lines. Jane has found that everyone has a slightly different definition of contemporary. The majority of the time, homeowners are trying to open up the room. 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 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 sun, the rain, and the outdoors in Phoenix. The first step is to unclutter the windows. Your grandparents’ house had windows with a lot of layers: shades on top of valances, shutters, draperies, and sheers. It can be claustrophobic. Remove the layers. Go for window treatments that offer clean lines. And get the contemporary look you desire. Your Contemporary Window Treatment Options In Phoenix: Shutters For Contemporary Spaces Plantation shutters are perfect for contemporary rooms in Phoenix. The 4.5” louvers reflect a contemporary style. When you add a rear mount tilt rod to these wide louvers, your windows have clean lines across them from the shutters. Shutters provide you with control over the level of light. You can open the panels to the side and have access to your entire window. Another option is to mount divided shutters. These shutters have the light streaming in through the top. It’s easy to clean shutters, which is handy if the windows are often dusty. Contemporary décor looks its best when every surface is polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to clients who are looking for window treatments for contemporary rooms. She recommends them because they don’t change color and they won’t warp over time. According to Cunningham, more contemporary spaces have reclaimed wood shutters. They have a little bit of nostalgia. They bring back the industrial look of hardware. They accentuate hardwood flooring to bring together the entire room. Reclaimed wood shutters allow you to revisit and reuse something 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 piece of art on the wall. Go with as funky of a color as you want. You can go with the restorative look. Or make it look just like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary feel that matches the hotel you recently stayed at. Modern barn doors act as room separators in spaces that traditionally don’t have full doors. An example would be when you want to close off your kitchen part of the time. Barn doors as window treatments work well on large windows with sufficient wall space. Shaker doors exhibit an openness that lends itself to a more contemporary style. Hardware makes a large difference. Pick stainless steel to get that contemporary look you want. Or paint a barn door a bold color. If your room had primarily shades of white, a red barn door would pop against 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. They’re also 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 window treatment for contemporary rooms with large scale windows and doors which be folded into themselves. They’re handly tucked away and help you bring in the outside view. If you prefer sleeping with complete room darkness so you can get a restful night’s sleep, roller shades can come with room darkening add-ons. And if you need to block out noise, combine them with draperies which you can hide from sight by tying on the window’s sides. Window Film A lot of contemporary rooms we’ve seen in the Phoenix area feature large windows that can be 25-30 feet in height. And when they face towards the west, the sun wear down the furnishings and carpet. Jane suggests window film to homeowners with large windows. It provides you with a wide view of outside, which is perfect for a contemporary room. The film also blocks the sun’s UV rays. This helps your furniture and carpeting hold true to their color longer. It also helps your home save energy. Purchase Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Phoenix Home Give us a ring at 480-485-7743 to arrange your free in-home design consultation. Our window treatment experts bring you samples of the contemporary window treatment options you’re interested in. So you can choose the window treatment that’s perfect for your home! To read more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, browse through RoomResolutions.com.