Picking Window Treatments in Boise for a Contemporary Room05/02/2016Spencer Madsen When your home is decorated in contemporary style, you want your window treatments to reflect that style too. So we spoke with Jane Cunningham, Room Resolutions' principal designer, to better understand how customers should pick the right window treatments for contemporary rooms in Boise. Contemporary design includes a range of styles that are influenced by the last half of the 20th century. It features softer, cleaner lines. Jane has found that contemporary doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. The majority of the time, her clients are looking 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 rooms “give you the freedom to move.” Even if your living space is small, you can bring the outdoors inby widening your view of the sun, the rain, and the outdoors in Boise. Begin by uncluttering the windows. If you think about your grandparents’ windows, they probably had a lot of layers: shades on top of shutters, valances, and sheers. It can be claustrophobic. Remove the layers. Choose window treatments that have clean lines. And get the contemporary look you’ve always wanted. Your Contemporary Window Treatment Options In Boise: Shutters For Contemporary Spaces Plantation shutters are perfect for contemporary spaces in Boise. They have wide 4.5” louvers which reflect a contemporary style. And when you add a rear mount tilt rod to their wide louvers, your shutters create crisp lines across the window. Shutters provide you with control over light. You can swing open the panels to the side and have access to your entire window. You can also choose to mount divided shutters where the light comes in through the top. They’re also easy to clean, which is important if the room quickly gets dusty. Contemporary décor looks best when every surface is polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to clients who are searching for window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preference because won’t warp over time and their colors stay true. A trend that Cunningham has noticed is that reclaimed wood shutters are becoming popular in contemporary rooms. They give a little bit of nostalgia. They bring back the industrial look of hardware. They complement hardwood flooring to tie in all the décor in the room. Reclaimed wood shutters allow you to find a new way to incorporate an element from the past. And the new application of reclaimed wood as shutters plays into the contemporary style. Modern Barn Doors Barn doors are a full scale piece of artwork on the wall. Pick as bold of a color as you want. You can go with the restorative look. Or you can design it to look like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary feel that matches the hotel you just visited. Modern barn doors become room separators where you that often don’t have full doors. For example, when you want to close off your kitchen part of the time. Barn doors as window coverings are perfect for large windows with adequate wall space. Shaker doors have an open feel that matches 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 bright red barn door pops on 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 as well as an experience we can share with our guests. And a barn door is included in that experience - and something your guests will be talking about. Roller Shades Roller shades are a great solution for contemporary rooms that have large scale windows and doors which fold into themselves. They’re discretely tucked away and let you bring in the outside view. If you prefer to sleep in complete darkness so you can get a peaceful night’s sleep, roller shades can come with room darkening liners. And if you want to dampen unwanted noise, pair them with draperies that can be hidden by tying on the sides of the windows. Window Film Most contemporary rooms that are in the Boise area feature large windows that are 25-30 feet in height. And when they face west, the sun can take a toll on the room’s items. Jane suggests window film to homeowners with rooms that have large windows. It allows you a wide view of outside, which is just what you want for a contemporary room. The film also blocks UV rays. This helps your carpeting and furniture maintain their color longer. It also contributes to the energy efficiency of your home. Purchase Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Boise Home Contact us at 208-609-9129 to set up your free in-home design consultation. Our window treatment professionals bring you samples of the contemporary window treatment options you’re interested in. So you can order the window treatment that fits your home! To learn more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, go to RoomResolutions.com.