How To Choose Window Treatments For A Contemporary Room In San Diego05/02/2016Kimball Jones When you’re decorating a room in contemporary style, you need your window treatments to be that same style as well. We sat down with Jane Cunningham, principal designer at Room Resolutions, to help our customers understand how to pick window treatments for contemporary rooms in San Diego. Contemporary décor covers a range of styles that 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 looking 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.” You can bring the outside in - even in a small condo situation - by opening up your view of the sun, the sky, and the rain in San Diego. First, unclutter your windows. If you think about your grandparents’ windows, they probably had multiple layers: shades on top of draperies, shutters, valances, and sheers. It’s often claustrophobic. Get rid of the layers. By going for window treatments that have clean lines, you can get the contemporary look you’ve always wanted. Contemporary Window Treatment Options In San Diego: Shutters For Contemporary Rooms Plantation shutters work well with contemporary homes in San Diego. The 4.5” louvers reflect a contemporary style. And when you combine their wide louvers with a rear mount tilt rod, your windows have clean lines across them from the shutters. Shutters give you light control. The panels can be swung open to the side so that you’ll see through your entire window. Another option is to install divided shutters where the light streams in through the top. It’s easy to clean shutters, which is handy if the space quickly gets dusty. Contemporary décor shines best when every surface is polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to clients who are searching for window treatments for contemporary rooms. She prefers them because they don’t get dingy and they won’t warp over the years. According to Cunningham, more contemporary spaces have reclaimed wood shutters. They give a bit of nostalgia. They show off the rustic look of hardware. They go well with hardwood flooring to tie in the entire room. Reclaimed wood shutters let you 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 Barn doors are a full scale piece of artwork on the wall. Go with as bold of a color as you desire. You can get the restorative look. Or you can make it look exactly like a traditional barn door. And you can make it look contemporary similar to the hotel you just went to. Modern barn doors become room separators in spaces that often 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 coverings work well on large windows with big enough wall space. Shaker doors exhibit an openness that goes along with a more contemporary style. The hardware makes a big difference. Pick 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 bright red barn door pops on the wall and adds to 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 areand also an experience our guests can share with us. And a barn door is part of that experience - and something your guests will be talking about. Roller Shades Roller shades are the perfect window treatment for contemporary rooms which have large scale windows and doors that can be folded into themselves. They’re handly tucked away and help you bring in the outside view. If you need to sleep in total darkness so you can get a peaceful night’s sleep, roller shades can be ordered with room darkening add-ons. If you want to dampen noise, combine them with draperies which you can hide on the window’s sides. Window Film A lot of contemporary rooms in the San Diego area contain large windows that can be 25-30 feet tall. And when they face west, the sun takes a toll on the items inside. Jane suggests window film to anyone with large windows. It gives you a wide view of outside, which is perfect for a contemporary room. The film also blocks the sun’s UV rays, and means your carpeting and furniture hold true to their color longer. It also contributes to the energy efficiency of your home. Find Contemporary Window Treatments For Your San Diego Home Contact us at 858-956-5822 to set up your free in-home design consultation. Our window treatment experts bring you samples of the contemporary window treatment options you’re interested in. Now you can buy the window treatment that’s perfect for your rooms! To learn more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, visit RoomResolutions.com.