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Deciding on Window Treatments in Indianapolis for a Contemporary Room

May 02, 2016

When your home is decorated in contemporary style, you need 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 can include a range of styles that are influenced by the last half of the 20th century. It’s built on softer, cleaner lines. According to Jane, contemporary doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. Most of the time, people want to open the room up. She’s heard people say 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 insideby opening up your view of the sky, the rain, and the sun in Indianapolis.

Begin by uncluttering your windows. The windows in your grandparents’ house had multiple layers. There were shades on top of valances, shutters, draperies, and sheers. It feels claustrophobic. Let go of layers. Pick window treatments that use clean lines. And get the contemporary look you’ve always wanted.

Contemporary Window Treatment Options In Indianapolis:

Shutters For Contemporary Rooms

 Plantation shutters in a gray contemporary room

Plantation shutters work great with contemporary rooms in Indianapolis. Their wide 4.5” louvers reflect a contemporary style. And when you add a rear mount tilt rod to these wide louvers, your shutters create crisp lines across the window.

Shutters provide you with light control. The panels can be swung open to the side so that you’ll 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 handy if the room quickly gets dusty. Contemporary décor looks its best when all the items are tidy and polished.

Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to homeowners who are searching for window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preferred shutter because won’t warp over time and they don’t get dingy.

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. With reclaimed wood shutters, you can revisit and reuse something from the past. And the new application of reclaimed wood as shutters goes right along with the contemporary style.

Modern Barn Doors

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Barn doors are a full scale piece of art on the wall. Choose as bold of a color as you want. You can get the restorative look. Or you can design it to look exactly like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary look 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 work well on large windows with sufficient wall space. Shaker doors exhibit an openness that goes along with a more contemporary style. The hardware makes a big difference. Select stainless steel for a more contemporary look. Or choose paint in a bold color. If you had a room that was decorated primarily in differing shades of white, a bold 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 knows from years of 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 will definitely be talking about them.

Roller Shades

Patterned roller shades in a contemporary room 

Roller shades are the perfect option for contemporary rooms with large windows and doors that be folded into themselves. They’re tucked away and allow you to bring in the outside view.

If you like to sleep in total darkness so you can get a restful night’s sleep, roller shades can be ordered with room darkening add-ons. If you need to block out unwanted noise, pair them with draperies which you can hide by tying on the window’s sides.

Window Film

 Window film in a contemporary home

A lot of contemporary rooms that are in the Indianapolis area have large windows that are 25-30 feet tall. And when they face west, the sun can take a toll on the items inside.

Jane likes to suggest window film to her clients with homes that have large windows. It allows you a wide view of the outdoors, which is just what you want for a contemporary room.

The film blocks UV rays, and means your furniture and carpeting hold true to their color longer. It also helps your home save energy.

Find Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Indianapolis Home

Call us at 317-558-9066 to schedule your free in-home design consultation. Our professionals will show you samples of the contemporary window treatment options you’re interested in. So you can choose the window treatment that goes with your rooms!

To find out more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, visit today.