Choosing Window Treatments in Denver for a Contemporary Room05/02/2016Gary Harding When your home’s style is contemporary, you need your window treatments to reflect that style too. So we spoke with Jane Cunningham, Room Resolutions' principal designer, to better understand the process of selecting window treatments for contemporary rooms in Denver. Contemporary design can include a range of styles inspired by the later portion of the 20th century. Its main features are its softer, cleaner lines. Jane has found that contemporary doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. Usually, homeowners are looking to open the space up. 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 your living space is small, you can bring nature inside by widening your view of the sun, the rain, and the outdoors in Denver. First, unclutter the windows. The windows in your grandparents’ house had multiple layers. There were shades on top of shutters, valances, and sheers. It’s often claustrophobic. Remove the layers. Go with window treatments that use clean lines. And get the contemporary look you desire. Your Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In Denver: Shutters For Contemporary Homes Plantation shutters are perfect for contemporary spaces in Denver. Their wide 4.5” louvers go with a contemporary style. When you combine these wide louvers with a rear mount tilt rod, your shutters create crisp lines across the window. Shutters provide you with control over the level of light. The panels can be swung open to the side so that you’ll have an open view of your entire window. You can also choose to install divided shutters. These shutters have the light streaming in through the top. They’re easy to clean, which is something to consider if the space gets dusty easily. Contemporary décor looks its best when every surface is clean and polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to homeowners who are looking for window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preference because won’t warp over the years and they don’t change color. She also notes that more contemporary spaces have reclaimed wood shutters. They provide a little bit of nostalgia. They bring back the industrial look of hardware. They complement hardwood flooring to bring together all the elements of the space. With reclaimed wood shutters, you can take something from the past, revisit and reuse it. And the new application of reclaimed wood as shutters goes right along with the contemporary style. Modern Barn Doors Barn doors are a full scale piece of artwork on the wall. Pick as bright of a color as you desire. You can get the restorative look. Or design it to look just like a traditional barn door. And you can make it look contemporary that matches the hotel you just went to. Modern barn doors act as room separators where you 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 enough wall space. Shaker doors have an open feel that matches a more contemporary style. Hardware makes a difference. Select stainless steel to make it look more contemporary. Or paint a barn door a bold color. If your room had primarily differing shades of white, a bright red barn door stands out on the wall and enhances 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 part of that experience. Your guests likely will be talking about them. Roller Shades Roller shades are a wonderful window treatment for contemporary rooms with big windows and doors that can fold into themselves. They’re neatly tucked away, yet help you bring the outside view in. If you like sleeping with total room darkness in order to get a full night’s sleep, roller shades can be ordered with room darkening add-ons. And if you need to dampen noise, combine them with draperies that can be hidden from sight by tying on the sides of the windows. Window Film Most contemporary rooms in the Denver area contain large windows that are often 25-30 feet tall. And when they face west, the sun wear down the items inside. Jane suggests window film to her clients with large windows. It gives you a wide view of outside, which is just what you want for a contemporary room. The film also blocks the sun’s UV rays, and helps your furniture and carpeting hold true to their color longer. It also contributes to the energy efficiency of your home. Find Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Denver Home Contact us at 720-538-0182 to schedule your free in-home design consultation. Our professionals bring you samples of the contemporary window treatments you’re interested in and their options. So you can pick the window treatment that fits your home! To find out more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, visit RoomResolutions.com.