Picking Window Treatments in Boston for a Contemporary Room05/02/2016Holly Perron When your home’s style is contemporary, you want your window treatments to mirror that style as well. We sat down with Jane Cunningham, principal designer at Room Resolutions, to better understand how customers should pick the right window treatments for contemporary rooms in Boston. Contemporary design can include a range of styles influenced by the last half of the 20th century. It’s built on softer, cleaner lines. In Jane’s experience, contemporary doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. Most of the time, people are trying to open up the space. She’s heard her clients 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 rooms “give you the freedom to move.” Even if your living space is small, you can bring the outdoors in by expanding your view of the sky, the rain, and the sun in Boston. The first step is to unclutter the windows. The windows in your grandparents’ house had multiple layers. There were shades on top of shutters, valances, and sheers. It can be claustrophobic. Remove the layers. By going for window treatments that have clean lines, you can have the contemporary look you desire. Your Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In Boston: Shutters For Contemporary Rooms Plantation shutters work great with contemporary rooms in Boston. Their wide 4.5” louvers reflect a contemporary style. When you pair their wide louvers with a rear mount tilt rod, your shutters create crisp 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 the light streams in through the top. It’s easy to clean shutters, which is handy if the space gets dusty easily. Contemporary décor shines best when everything is clean and polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to clients who are looking for window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preferred shutter because they don’t change color and they don’t warp over time. A trend that Cunningham has noticed is that reclaimed wood shutters are showing up more in contemporary rooms. They give a touch of nostalgia. They highlight the restorative use of hardware. They go well with hardwood flooring to pull in the entire décor of the room. With reclaimed wood shutters, you can revisit and reuse something from the past. The idea of using 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. Choose as bold of a color as you like. You can have the restorative look. Or have it look just like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary look that matches the hotel you recently went to. Modern barn doors become room separators in places that usually don’t have full doors. This is particularly the case when you want to block off your kitchen but not all the time. Barn doors as window coverings are perfect for large windows with sufficient wall space. Shaker doors exhibit an openness that is reminiscent of a more contemporary style. The hardware makes a difference. Pick stainless steel to make it look more contemporary. Or choose paint in a bold color. For example, if the entire room is differing shades of white, a 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 Cunningham knows from experience 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 going to be part of that experience. Your guests likely will be talking about them. Roller Shades Roller shades are a great solution for contemporary rooms that have large scale windows and doors that can fold into themselves. They’re handly tucked away and allow you to bring the outside view in. If you need to sleep in total darkness so you can get a full night’s sleep, roller shades can be ordered with room darkening liners. And if you need to reduce unwanted noise, pair them with draperies that can be hidden on the sides of the windows. Window Film A lot of contemporary rooms that are in the Boston area have large windows that are 25-30 feet in height. And when they face west, the sun takes a toll on the items inside. Jane recommends window film to anyone with rooms that have large windows. It gives you a full view of outside, which is exactly what you want for a contemporary room. The film blocks UV rays. This means your furniture and carpeting maintain their color longer. Window film also helps your home be more energy efficient. Purchase Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Boston Home Call us at 781-352-2205 to set up your free in-home design consultation. Our window treatment professionals will show you samples of the contemporary window treatment options you’re interested in. Then you’re ready to pick the window treatment that goes with your home! To learn more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, visit RoomResolutions.com today.