Finding Window Treatments in St. George for a Contemporary Room05/02/2016Kasey Udy When your home is decorated in contemporary style, your window treatments should be that same style as well. So we talked to Jane Cunningham, Room Resolutions' principal designer, to better understand the process of choosing window treatments for contemporary rooms in St. George. Contemporary design covers a range of styles inspired by the last half of the 20th century. It features softer, cleaner lines. In Jane’s experience, contemporary doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. Usually, people want to open up the room. Her clients have said things like, “I don’t have to have 15 items on the counter of my house.” Or “I don’t need an ottoman by every chair.” Contemporary rooms “give you the freedom to move.” Even if you live in a small condo, you can bring nature insideby expanding your view of the sun, the rain, and the outdoors in St. George. Begin by uncluttering your windows. The windows in your grandparents’ house had a lot of layers. There were shades on top of valances, shutters, draperies, and sheers. It feels claustrophobic. Remove the layers. Go with window treatments that offer clean lines. And get the contemporary look you want. Your Contemporary Window Treatment Options In St. George: Shutters For Contemporary Homes Plantation shutters work great with contemporary rooms in St. George. Their wide 4.5” louvers go with a contemporary style. When you pair their wide louvers with a rear mount tilt rod, your shutters create crisp lines across the window. Shutters give you control over light. The panels can be swung open to the side so that you’ll see through your entire window. You can also choose to have divided shutters. These shutters have the light coming in through the top. It’s easy to clean shutters, which is especially helpful if the windows are usually dusty. Contemporary décor shines best when all the items are tidy and polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to customers who are searching for window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preferred shutter because their colors stay true and they don’t warp over time. A trend that Cunningham has noticed is that more contemporary spaces have reclaimed wood shutters. They have a bit of nostalgia. They bring back the industrial look of hardware. They complement hardwood flooring to tie in the entire room. Reclaimed wood shutters allow you to revisit and reuse something from the past. And the new application of 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 like. You can go with the restorative look. You can design it to look just like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary look like the hotel you just stayed at. Modern barn doors can be used as room separators where you that traditionally don’t have full doors. An example would be when you want to close off your kitchen at certain times. Barn doors as window coverings look amazing on large windows with big enough wall space. Shaker doors display an openness that is reminiscent of a more contemporary style. Hardware makes a big difference. Select stainless steel to make it look more contemporary. Or choose paint in a bold color. If your room had primarily shades of white, a red barn door pops against the wall and contributes 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 knows from years of 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 a great option for contemporary rooms that have large windows and doors which fold into themselves. They’re neatly tucked away, yet help you bring the outside view in. If you like to sleep in total darkness so you can get a peaceful night’s sleep, roller shades can come with room darkening liners. If you need to dampen noise, pair them with draperies which you can hide by tying on the window’s sides. Window Film A lot of contemporary rooms we’ve seen in the St. George area contain large windows that can be 25-30 feet tall. And when they face towards the west, the sun can take a toll on the room’s items. Jane recommends window film to her clients with rooms that have large windows. It provides you with an unhampered view of the outdoors, which is just what you want for a contemporary room. The film also blocks the sun’s UV rays, and means your carpeting and furniture retain their color longer. And it contributes your home’s energy efficiency. Purchase Contemporary Window Treatments For Your St. George Home Contact us at 435-485-9332 to schedule your free in-home design consultation. Our window treatment experts bring you samples of the contemporary window treatment options we carry and that you’re looking for. Now you can purchase the window treatment that fits your home! To learn more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, go to RoomResolutions.com today.