How To Choose Window Treatments For A Contemporary Room In Minneapolis05/02/2016George Christ When your home’s style is contemporary, you need your window treatments to mirror that style as well. So we spoke with Jane Cunningham, Room Resolutions' principal designer, to better understand how customers should select the right window treatments for contemporary rooms in Minneapolis. Contemporary design covers a range of styles which are influenced by the last half of the 20th century. Its main features are its softer, cleaner lines. According to Jane, how people define contemporary differs from person to person. Usually, people are looking 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 homes “give you the freedom to move.” Even if your living space is small, you can bring nature inside by widening your view of the sun, the rain, and the outdoors in Minneapolis. The first step is to unclutter the windows. Your grandparents’ house had windows with a lot of layers: shades on top of shutters, valances, and sheers. It’s often claustrophobic. Let go of layers. By going for window treatments that offer clean lines, you can have the contemporary look you’ve always wanted. Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In Minneapolis: Shutters For Contemporary Homes Plantation shutters are great for contemporary spaces in Minneapolis. The 4.5” louvers complement a contemporary style. And when you combine their wide louvers with a rear mount tilt rod, 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 an open view of your entire window. Another option is to install divided shutters where you can have light coming in from the top. It’s easy to clean them, which is important if the windows are usually dusty. Contemporary décor shines best when everything is tidy and polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to clients who are looking for window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preference because they don’t get dingy and they don’t warp over time. According to Cunningham, reclaimed wood shutters are becoming popular in contemporary rooms. They offer a bit of nostalgia. They show off the rustic look of hardware. They accentuate hardwood flooring to tie in the entire décor of the room. Reclaimed wood shutters let you take something from the past, revisit and reuse it. And the new application of reclaimed wood as shutters is the epitome of the contemporary style. Modern Barn Doors Barn doors are a full scale piece of artwork on the wall. Go with as funky of a color as you want. You can get the restorative look. Or you can make it look exactly like a traditional barn door. And you can make it look contemporary like the hotel you just stayed at. Modern barn doors act as room separators in spaces that often don’t have full doors. For example, when you want to block off your kitchen part of the time. Barn doors as window treatments work well on large windows with big enough wall space. Shaker doors exhibit an openness that is reminiscent of a more contemporary style. The hardware makes a big difference. Pick stainless steel to make it look more contemporary. Or choose a bold color of paint. If you had a room that was decorated primarily in differing shades of white, a bright red barn door pops against the wall and contributes to 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 knows from experience that our homes are part of who we areand also an experience our guests can share with us. And a barn door is included in that experience. Your guests likely will be talking about them. Roller Shades Roller shades are a wonderful window treatment for contemporary rooms which have large windows and doors that be folded into themselves. They’re discretely tucked away and let you bring the outside view in. If you enjoy sleeping with total room darkness so you can have a restful night’s sleep, roller shades can be ordered with room darkening options. And if you need acoustical help to reduce unwanted noise, pair them with draperies that can be hidden from sight on the window’s sides. Window Film Most contemporary rooms that are in the Minneapolis area feature large windows that can be 25-30 feet tall. And when they face west, the sun wear down the room’s items. Jane likes to suggest window film to her clients with large windows. It gives you a full view of outside, 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. It also contributes to the energy efficiency of your home. Find Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Minneapolis Home Call us at 952-856-8130 to schedule your free in-home design consultation. Our window treatment professionals come to your home and show you samples of the contemporary window treatments you’re interested in and their options. So you can choose the window treatment that fits your rooms! To read more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, go to RoomResolutions.com.