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Deciding on Window Treatments in Virginia Beach for a Contemporary Room

May 02, 2016

When you’re decorating a room in contemporary style, your window treatments should reflect that style too. We talked to Jane Cunningham, Room Resolutions' principal designer, to better understand how customers should choose the right window treatments for contemporary rooms in Virginia Beach.

Contemporary décor includes a range of styles influenced by the later portion of the 20th century. Its main features are its softer, cleaner lines. In Jane’s experience, contemporary doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. The majority of the time, her clients want to open up the room. She’s heard people say 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.” You can bring the outdoors in - even if you live in a small condo - by widening your view of the sun, the sky, and the rain in Virginia Beach.

Begin by uncluttering your windows. The windows in your grandparents’ house had multiple layers. There were shades on top of sheers, draperies, and shutters. It’s often claustrophobic. Remove the layers. Pick window treatments that offer clean lines. And get the contemporary look you desire.

Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In Virginia Beach:

Shutters For Contemporary Spaces

 Contemporary room with white plantation shutters

Plantation shutters are perfect for contemporary rooms in Virginia Beach. 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 offer you control over the level of light. The panels can be swung open to the side so that you’ll see through your entire window. And you can choose to install divided shutters where you can have light streaming in from the top.

They’re also easy to clean, which is important if the windows are often dusty. Contemporary décor shines best when all the items are clean and polished.

Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to homeowners interested in window treatments for contemporary rooms. She recommends them because they don’t change color and they won’t warp over time.

According to Cunningham, more contemporary rooms feature reclaimed wood shutters. They offer a little bit of nostalgia. They show off the rustic look of hardware. They accentuate hardwood flooring to tie in all the décor in the room. Reclaimed wood shutters let you 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

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Barn doors are a full scale masterpiece on the wall. Choose as funky of a color as you desire. You can have the restorative look. Or you can have it look exactly like a traditional barn door. And you can make it look contemporary that matches the hotel you just visited.

Modern barn doors become room separators in spaces that traditionally don’t have full doors. An example would be when you want to block 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 have an open feel that goes along with a more contemporary style. The hardware you decide on makes a large difference. Select 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 shades of white, a bold red barn door stands out 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

Cunningham knows from experience that our homes are part of who we are. They’re also an experience our guests can share with us. And a barn door is a portion of that experience - and something your guests will be talking about.

Roller Shades

Contemporary room with patterned roller shades 

Roller shades are a great option for contemporary rooms which have large windows and doors that can fold into themselves. They’re neatly tucked away, yet allow you to bring the outside view in.

If you prefer to sleep in complete darkness in order to get a full night’s sleep, roller shades can be ordered with room darkening liners. And if you need acoustical help to reduce sounds, combine them with draperies which you can hide on the sides of the windows.

Window Film

 A modern home with window film

A lot of contemporary rooms we’ve seen in the Virginia Beach area contain large windows that can be 25-30 feet tall. And when they face west, the sun wear down the room’s items.

Jane suggests window film to anyone with large windows. It provides you with a full view of your outside surroundings, which is exactly what you want for a contemporary room.

The film blocks UV rays, which helps your carpeting and furniture retain their color longer. And it helps your home be more energy efficient.

Find Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Virginia Beach Home

Call us at 757-210-6448 to schedule your free in-home design consultation. Our window treatment experts will show you samples of the contemporary window treatment options you’re interested in. Then you’re ready to purchase the window treatment that fits your rooms!

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