How To Select Window Treatments For A Contemporary Room In Indianapolis05/02/2016Bill Burke When your home is decorated in contemporary style, you want your window treatments to reflect that style too. So we spoke with Jane Cunningham, Room Resolutions' principal designer, to help our customers understand how to pick window treatments for contemporary rooms in Indianapolis. Contemporary design includes a range of styles that are influenced by the second half of the 20th century. It’s built on softer, cleaner lines. In Jane’s experience, contemporary doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. Usually, people want to open up the space. Her clients have said 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 nature inside by opening up your view of the sun, the sky, and the rain in Indianapolis. Begin by uncluttering your windows. Your grandparents’ house had windows with multiple layers. There were shades on top of sheers, draperies, and shutters. It feels claustrophobic. Let go of layers. By going with window treatments that have clean lines, you can get the contemporary look you’ve always wanted. Contemporary Window Treatment Options In Indianapolis: Shutters For Contemporary Rooms Plantation shutters work great with contemporary spaces in Indianapolis. The 4.5” louvers complement a contemporary style. And when you combine these wide louvers with a rear mount tilt rod, your shutters create crisp lines across the window. Shutters provide you with control over light. You can swing open the panels to the side and see through your entire window. And you can choose to install divided shutters where you can have light coming in from the top. It’s easy to clean them, which is especially helpful if the windows are usually dusty. Contemporary décor shines best when everything is tidy and polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to homeowners who are searching for window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preferred shutter because they don’t fade and they don’t warp over the years. A trend that Cunningham has noticed is that reclaimed wood shutters are showing up more in contemporary rooms. They have a touch of nostalgia. They show off the rustic look of hardware. They go well with hardwood flooring to pull in the entire décor of the room. Reclaimed wood shutters let you take something from the past, revisit and reuse it. And the new application of reclaimed wood as shutters plays into the contemporary style. Modern Barn Doors Barn doors are a full scale piece of art on the wall. Go with as bold of a color as you like. You can get the restorative look. You can have it look just like a traditional barn door. And you can make it look contemporary that matches the hotel you just stayed at. Modern barn doors can be used as room separators in spaces that usually 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 treatments are perfect for large windows with adequate wall space. Shaker doors exhibit an openness that goes along with a more contemporary style. The hardware makes a large difference. Select stainless steel for a more contemporary look. Or choose paint in a bold color. For example, if the entire room is varying shades of white, a bold red barn door would pop 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 knows from years of 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 will definitely be talking about them. Roller Shades Roller shades are the perfect window treatment for contemporary rooms that have large scale windows and doors which be folded into themselves. They’re handly tucked away and let you bring in the outside view. If you need to sleep in total darkness in order to get a peaceful night’s sleep, roller shades can come with room darkening add-ons. If you need to dampen unwanted noise, pair them with draperies which you can hide by tying on the window’s sides. Window Film A lot of contemporary rooms that are in the Indianapolis area have large windows that are often 25-30 feet tall. And when they face west, the sun takes a toll on the items inside. Jane likes to suggest window film to anyone with homes that have large windows. It allows you a wide view of your outside surroundings, which is just what you want for a contemporary room. The film blocks UV rays, and means your carpeting and furniture hold true to their color longer. And it contributes your home’s energy efficiency. Find Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Indianapolis Home Call us at 317-558-9066 to set up your free in-home design consultation. Our professionals will show you samples of the contemporary window treatment options you’re interested in. Now you can buy the window treatment that goes with your rooms! To find out more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, browse through RoomResolutions.com today.