How To Choose Window Treatments For A Contemporary Room In Oklahoma City05/02/2016Tyler Jorgensen When you’re decorating a room in contemporary style, you want your window treatments to be that same style as well. So we sat down with Jane Cunningham, Room Resolutions' principal designer, to better understand the process of choosing window treatments for contemporary rooms in Oklahoma City. Contemporary décor includes a range of styles that are inspired by the second half of the 20th century. It features softer, cleaner lines. Jane has found that everyone has a slightly different definition of contemporary. Most of the time, homeowners want 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 the outside in by opening up your view of the sun, the sky, and the rain in Oklahoma City. The first step is to unclutter the windows. Your grandparents’ house had windows with multiple layers: shades on top of draperies, shutters, valances, and sheers. It feels claustrophobic. Remove the layers. Pick window treatments that use clean lines. And get the contemporary look you want. Your Contemporary Window Treatment Options In Oklahoma City: Shutters For Contemporary Spaces Plantation shutters are perfect for contemporary spaces in Oklahoma City. The 4.5” louvers reflect a contemporary style. When you pair their wide louvers with a rear mount tilt rod, your shutters create clean lines across the window. Shutters provide you with control over the level of light. You can open the panels to the side and have an open view of your entire window. And you can choose to install divided shutters. These shutters have the light streaming in through the top. Shutters are also easy to clean, which is important if the windows are often dusty. Contemporary décor looks best when every surface is tidy and polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to homeowners interested in window treatments for contemporary rooms. She prefers them because don’t warp over time and they don’t fade. According to Cunningham, reclaimed wood shutters are becoming popular in contemporary rooms. They offer a little bit of nostalgia. They bring back the industrial look of hardware. They go well with hardwood flooring to bring together all the décor in 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 artwork on the wall. Choose as bright of a color as you want. You can get the restorative look. Or you can design it to look just like a traditional barn door. And you can make it look contemporary similar to the hotel you recently visited. Modern barn doors act as room separators in spaces that usually don’t have full doors. This is particularly the case when you want to close off your kitchen but not all the time. Barn doors as window coverings are perfect for large windows with big enough wall space. Shaker doors display an openness that matches a more contemporary style. Hardware makes a big difference. Choose stainless steel to get that contemporary look you want. Or choose a bold color of paint. For example, if the entire room is differing shades of white, a bright red barn door would pop on 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 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 are a great window treatment for contemporary rooms which have large scale windows and doors that fold into themselves. They’re discretely tucked away and allow you to bring in the outside view. If you like to sleep in complete darkness so you can have a full night’s sleep, roller shades can be ordered with room darkening add-ons. If you want to block out sounds, combine them with draperies that can be hidden by tying on the sides of the windows. Window Film Many contemporary rooms in the Oklahoma City area have large windows that are 25-30 feet in height. And if they’re west-facing windows, the sun wear down the furnishings and carpet. Jane suggests window film to homeowners with homes that have large windows. It provides you with an unhampered view of the outdoors, which is exactly what you want for a contemporary room. In addition, the film blocks the sun’s UV rays, and means your furnishings and carpet retain their color longer. And it helps your home be more energy efficient. Get Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Oklahoma City Home Call us at 405-300-4664 to arrange your free in-home design consultation. Our window treatment experts will show you samples of the contemporary window treatment options we carry and that you’re looking for. Then you’re ready to purchase the window treatment that fits your rooms! To find out more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, go to RoomResolutions.com today.