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Picking Window Treatments in Miami for a Contemporary Room

May 02, 2016

When your home is decorated in contemporary style, you need your window treatments to mirror that style as well. We sat down with Jane Cunningham, Room Resolutions' principal designer, to better understand the process of picking window treatments for contemporary rooms in Miami.

Contemporary décor can include a range of styles that 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, homeowners 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 spaces “give you the freedom to move.” Even if you live in a small condo, you can bring the outside inby opening up your view of the sun, the rain, and the outdoors in Miami.

The first step is to unclutter the windows. The windows in your grandparents’ house had a lot of 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’ve always wanted.

Your Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In Miami:

Shutters For Contemporary Rooms

 Plantation shutters in a gray contemporary room

Plantation shutters work well with contemporary spaces 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 light control. 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 where you can have light streaming in from the top.

It’s easy to clean shutters, which is handy if the room quickly gets dusty. Contemporary décor looks its best when all the items are polished.

Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to homeowners who are searching for window treatments for contemporary rooms. She recommends them because their colors stay true and they don’t warp over the years.

She also notes that reclaimed wood shutters are showing up more in contemporary rooms. They offer a touch of nostalgia. They bring back the industrial look of hardware. They complement hardwood flooring to bring together 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

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Barn doors are a full scale piece of art on the wall. Pick as funky of a color as you want. You can get the restorative look. You can design it to look exactly like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary look like the hotel you recently stayed at.

Modern barn doors can be used as room separators in places 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 adequate 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 choose a bold color of paint. For example, if the entire room is differing shades of white, a bold red barn door would pop 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

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 included in that experience. Your guests will definitely be talking about them.

Roller Shades

Roller shades in a contemporary room 

Roller shades are a great solution for contemporary rooms with large windows and doors that can fold into themselves. They’re tucked away and allow you to bring in the outside view.

If you like sleeping with complete room darkness in order to get a peaceful night’s sleep, roller shades can be ordered with room darkening options. If you need to block out noise, pair them with draperies that can be hidden by tying on the window’s sides.

Window Film

 Contemporary room with window film

Most contemporary rooms in the Miami area feature large windows that can be 25-30 feet in height. And if they’re west-facing windows, the sun can take a toll on the items inside.

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, which means your furnishings and carpet retain their color longer. And it contributes to the energy efficiency of your home.

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 treatment options we carry and that you’re looking for. Now you can purchase the window treatment that fits your rooms!

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