Picking Window Treatments in Chicago for a Contemporary Room05/02/2016Richard Rampton When your home’s style is contemporary, you want your window treatments to be that same style as well. We talked to Jane Cunningham, principal designer at Room Resolutions, to better understand the process of selecting window treatments for contemporary rooms in Chicago. Contemporary design covers a range of styles that are influenced by the second half of the 20th century. It’s built on softer, cleaner lines. In Jane’s experience, contemporary means something different to everyone. Usually, her clients are trying to open up the room. She’s heard statements 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 spaces “give you the freedom to move.” Even if your living space is small, you can bring nature inside by widening your view of the sky, the rain, and the sun in Chicago. First, unclutter your windows. If you think about your grandparents’ windows, they probably had a lot of layers. There were shades on top of shutters, valances, and sheers. It feels claustrophobic. Let go of layers. Go for window treatments that offer clean lines. And get the contemporary look you want. Your Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In Chicago: Shutters For Contemporary Homes Plantation shutters work great with contemporary homes in Chicago. Their wide 4.5” louvers 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. You can open the panels to the side and see through your entire window. Another option is to mount divided shutters. These shutters have the light streaming in through the top. They’re also easy to clean, which is something to consider if the space gets dusty easily. Contemporary décor looks best when everything is polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to homeowners interested in window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preference because don’t warp over time and they don’t change color. According to Cunningham, reclaimed wood shutters are becoming popular in contemporary rooms. They have a touch of nostalgia. They bring back the industrial look of hardware. They complement hardwood flooring to tie in the entire décor of the room. With reclaimed wood shutters, you can find a new way to incorporate an element from the past. The novel 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. Choose 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 give it a contemporary look similar to the hotel you recently went to. Modern barn doors act as room separators in places that often don’t have full doors. This is particularly the case when you want to block off your kitchen part of the time. Barn doors as window treatments are perfect for large windows with enough wall space. Shaker doors exhibit an openness that goes along with a more contemporary style. Hardware makes a big difference. Pick 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 differing shades of white, a bold red barn door would pop against 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. They’re also an experience we’re sharing with our guests. And a barn door is going to be part of that experience - and something your guests will be talking about. Roller Shades Roller shades are the perfect option for contemporary rooms with large scale windows and doors that can be folded into themselves. They’re discretely tucked away and let you bring in the outside view. If you like sleeping with total room darkness so you can get a restful night’s sleep, roller shades can come with room darkening add-ons. And if you need acoustical help to block out sounds, pair them with draperies that can be hidden on the sides of the windows. Window Film A lot of contemporary rooms in the Chicago area feature large windows that are often 25-30 feet tall. And when they face towards the west, the sun wear down the room’s items. Jane suggests window film to her clients with large windows. It gives you an unhampered view of outside, which is exactly what you want for a contemporary room. The film blocks UV rays, and means your carpeting and furniture maintain their color longer. It also helps your home be more energy efficient. Purchase Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Chicago Home Give us a ring at 847-250-6544 to set up your free in-home design consultation. Our experts come to your home and show you samples of the contemporary window treatments you’re interested in and their options. Now you can decide on the window treatment that fits your home! To find out more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, browse through RoomResolutions.com today.