Choosing Window Treatments in Atlanta for a Contemporary Room05/02/2016Dan Taylor When your home is decorated in contemporary style, you want your window treatments to be that same style as well. We sat down with Room Resolutions’ principal designer, Jane Cunningham, to better understand the process of selecting window treatments for contemporary rooms in Atlanta. Contemporary décor includes a range of styles influenced by the later portion of the 20th century. It’s built on softer, cleaner lines. In Jane’s experience, how people define contemporary differs from person to person. The majority of the time, her clients 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 homes “give you the freedom to move.” You can bring the outside in - even if you live in a small condo - by opening up your view of the sun, the rain, and the outdoors in Atlanta. First, unclutter your windows. If you think about your grandparents’ windows, they probably had many layers. There were shades on top of draperies, shutters, valances, and sheers. It’s often claustrophobic. Get rid of the layers. By picking window treatments that have clean lines, you can achieve the contemporary look you’ve always wanted. Your Contemporary Window Treatment Options In Atlanta: Shutters For Contemporary Homes Plantation shutters work great with contemporary spaces in Atlanta. They have wide 4.5” louvers which reflect a contemporary style. And when you add a rear mount tilt rod to these wide louvers, 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. And you can choose to have divided shutters. These shutters have the light coming in through the top. It’s easy to clean them, which is something to consider if the windows are often dusty. Contemporary décor looks best when everything is clean and polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to clients who want window treatments for contemporary rooms. She recommends them 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 give a little bit of nostalgia. They highlight the restorative use of hardware. They complement hardwood flooring to pull in the entire room. With reclaimed wood shutters, you can take something from the past, revisit and reuse it. The idea of using reclaimed wood as shutters plays into the contemporary style. Modern Barn Doors Barn doors are a full scale masterpiece on the wall. Go with as funky of a color as you want. You can go with the restorative look. You can design it to look like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary feel like the hotel you just went to. Modern barn doors act as room separators in spaces that usually don’t have full doors. This is particularly the case when you want to close off your kitchen but not all the time. Barn doors as window coverings are perfect for large windows with sufficient wall space. Shaker doors display an openness that matches a more contemporary style. The hardware you decide on makes a large difference. Choose stainless steel to get that contemporary look you want. Or choose a bold color of paint. For example, if the entire room is differing shades of white, a bright 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 Over the years, Cunningham has learned that our homes are part of who we areand also an experience we’re sharing with our guests. And a barn door is going to be part of that experience - and something your guests will be talking about. Roller Shades Roller shades are the perfect option for contemporary rooms with large windows and doors which fold into themselves. They’re discretely tucked away and help you bring in the outside view. If you need to sleep in total darkness so you can get a restful night’s sleep, roller shades can be ordered with room darkening liners. If you need acoustical help to block out sounds, combine them with draperies which you can hide from sight by tying on the sides of the windows. Window Film Many contemporary rooms that are in the Atlanta area contain large windows that can be 25-30 feet tall. And when they face towards the west, the sun wear down the items inside. Jane recommends window film to anyone with rooms that have large windows. It provides you with a wide view of your outside surroundings, which is perfect for a contemporary room. The film also blocks the sun’s UV rays. This helps your furniture and carpeting maintain their color longer. Window film also contributes to the energy efficiency of your home. Purchase Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Atlanta Home Contact us at 404-962-8517 to arrange your free in-home design consultation. Our window treatment experts come to your home and show you samples of the contemporary window treatment options you’re interested in. Then you’re ready to order the window treatment that’s perfect for your home! To read more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, go to RoomResolutions.com today.