Choosing Window Treatments in Dallas for a Contemporary Room05/02/2016Collins Jones When you’re decorating a room in contemporary style, you want your window treatments to mirror that style as well. So we sat down with Jane Cunningham, Room Resolutions' principal designer, to help our customers understand how to choose window treatments for contemporary rooms in Dallas. Contemporary design covers a range of styles which are influenced by the last half of the 20th century. It’s built on softer, cleaner lines. According to Jane, everyone has a slightly different definition of contemporary. Most of the time, people want to open up the space. She’s heard her clients 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 homes “give you the freedom to move.” You can bring the outdoors in - even if you live in a small condo - by expanding your view of the sun, the sky, and the rain in Dallas. First, unclutter the windows. If you think about your grandparents’ windows, they probably had a lot of layers: shades on top of draperies, shutters, valances, and sheers. It can be claustrophobic. Get rid of the layers. By going for window treatments that have clean lines, you can have the contemporary look you desire. Contemporary Window Treatment Options In Dallas: Shutters For Contemporary Homes Plantation shutters work well with contemporary spaces in Dallas. They have wide 4.5” louvers which complement a contemporary style. And when you add a rear mount tilt rod to their wide louvers, your shutters create crisp lines across the window. Shutters provide you with control over light. The panels can be swung open to the side so that you’ll have an open view of your entire window. And you can choose to install divided shutters where the light comes in through the top. Shutters are easy to clean, which is something to consider if the space gets dusty easily. Contemporary décor looks best when every surface is polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to homeowners interested in window treatments for contemporary rooms. She recommends them because won’t warp over the years and they don’t fade. According to Cunningham, more contemporary rooms feature reclaimed wood shutters. They provide a little bit of nostalgia. They show off the rustic look of hardware. They complement hardwood flooring to tie in the entire décor of the room. Reclaimed wood shutters allow you to find a new way to incorporate an element 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 art on the wall. Choose as bright of a color as you want. You can go with the restorative look. Or you can design it to look exactly like a traditional barn door. And you can make it look contemporary like the hotel you just went to. Modern barn doors act as room separators where you that traditionally don’t have full doors. This is particularly the case when you want to close off your kitchen at certain times. Barn doors as window coverings work well on large windows with enough wall space. Shaker doors exhibit an openness that goes along with a more contemporary style. Hardware makes a large difference. Select stainless steel for a more contemporary look. Or paint a barn door a bold color. If your room had primarily differing shades of white, a red barn door pops against the wall and enhances the room. “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 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 a great solution for contemporary rooms with large scale windows and doors that can be folded into themselves. They’re discretely tucked away and allow you to bring in the outside view. If you enjoy sleeping with complete room darkness so you can get a peaceful night’s sleep, roller shades can include room darkening options. And if you need acoustical help to dampen unwanted noise, combine them with draperies that can be hidden by tying on the window’s sides. Window Film Most contemporary rooms we’ve seen in the Dallas area have large windows that can be 25-30 feet in height. And when they face towards the west, the sun can take a toll on the items inside. Jane likes to suggest window film to anyone with homes that have large windows. It gives you a wide view of your outside surroundings, which is just what you want for a contemporary room. The film blocks UV rays. This means your carpeting and furniture retain their color longer. Window film also helps your home save energy. Get Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Dallas Home Contact us at 214-301-5066 to set up your free in-home design consultation. Our window treatment professionals will show you samples of the contemporary window treatment options you’re interested in. Now you can purchase the window treatment that’s perfect for your rooms! To read more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, go to RoomResolutions.com today.