Choosing Window Treatments in Miami for a Contemporary Room05/02/2016David White When you’re decorating a room in contemporary style, you want your window treatments to mirror that style as well. We talked to Jane Cunningham, Room Resolutions' principal designer, to better understand the process of picking window treatments for contemporary rooms in Miami. Contemporary décor includes a range of styles which are inspired by the later portion of the 20th century. It’s built on softer, cleaner lines. In Jane’s experience, contemporary doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. The majority of the time, her clients are trying to open the space up. She’s heard her clients say 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 the outside inby widening your view of the sun, the rain, and the outdoors in Miami. The first step is to unclutter the windows. Your grandparents’ house had windows with many layers: shades on top of draperies, shutters, valances, and sheers. It’s often claustrophobic. Remove the layers. Pick window treatments that use clean lines. And get the contemporary look you want. Your Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In Miami: Shutters For Contemporary Spaces Plantation shutters are great for contemporary rooms in Miami. They have wide 4.5” louvers which complement a contemporary style. When you add a rear mount tilt rod to these wide louvers, your shutters create clean 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 access to 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 shutters, which is especially helpful if the windows are usually dusty. Contemporary décor shines best when everything is clean and polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to homeowners who want window treatments for contemporary rooms. She recommends them because they don’t fade and they don’t warp over the years. According to Cunningham, reclaimed wood shutters are showing up more in contemporary rooms. They give a touch of nostalgia. They bring back the industrial look of hardware. They complement hardwood flooring to tie in the entire room. With reclaimed wood shutters, you can find a new way to incorporate an element from the past. The idea of using reclaimed wood as shutters plays into the contemporary style. Modern Barn Doors Barn doors are a full scale piece of art on the wall. Pick as funky of a color as you want. You can have the restorative look. You can have it look exactly like a traditional barn door. And you can make it look contemporary similar to the hotel you recently went to. Modern barn doors can be used as room separators where you that traditionally don’t have full doors. This is particularly the case when you want to block off your kitchen at certain times. Barn doors as window coverings look amazing on large windows with sufficient wall space. Shaker doors exhibit an openness that matches 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 you had a room that was decorated primarily in varying shades of white, a bold red barn door pops on 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 Over the years, Cunningham has learned 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 a portion of that experience. Your guests will definitely be talking about them. Roller Shades Roller shades are a great solution for contemporary rooms with large windows and doors that can fold into themselves. They’re handly tucked away and allow you to bring in the outside view. If you prefer sleeping with complete room darkness in order to get a restful night’s sleep, roller shades can come with room darkening options. If you need to block out sounds, pair them with draperies which you can hide by tying on the window’s sides. Window Film Most contemporary rooms in the Miami area have large windows that can be 25-30 feet in height. And when they face west, the sun takes a toll on the room’s items. Jane suggests window film to homeowners with rooms that have large windows. It gives you a wide view of the outdoors, which is perfect for a contemporary room. The film also blocks the sun’s UV rays. This means your furnishings and carpet maintain their color longer. And it helps your home be more energy efficient. Purchase Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Miami Home Give us a ring at 305-520-7515 to arrange your free in-home design consultation. Our window treatment experts come to your home and show you samples of the contemporary window treatments you’re interested in and their options. So you can purchase the window treatment that’s perfect for your rooms! To find out more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, visit RoomResolutions.com.