How To Select Window Treatments For A Contemporary Room In Las Vegas05/02/2016Darik Neilson When your home is decorated in contemporary style, you want your window treatments to reflect that style too. We sat down with Jane Cunningham, Room Resolutions' principal designer, to better understand how customers should select the right window treatments for contemporary rooms in Las Vegas. Contemporary design covers a range of styles that are influenced by the later portion of the 20th century. It’s built on softer, cleaner lines. According to Jane, contemporary means something different to everyone. The majority of the time, her clients want to open the space up. She’s heard people say things 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.” You can bring the outside in - even in a small condo situation - by opening up your view of the sun, the sky, and the rain in Las Vegas. Begin by uncluttering the windows. Your grandparents’ house had windows with many layers. There were shades on top of draperies, shutters, valances, and sheers. It’s often claustrophobic. Get rid of the layers. Pick window treatments that have clean lines. And get the contemporary look you want. Your Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In Las Vegas: Shutters For Contemporary Spaces Plantation shutters are perfect for contemporary rooms in Las Vegas. Their wide 4.5” louvers reflect a contemporary style. And when you combine these wide louvers with a rear mount tilt rod, your shutters create clean 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. Another option is to install divided shutters where the light comes in through the top. Shutters are easy to clean, which is especially helpful if the windows are usually dusty. Contemporary décor shines best when every surface is clean and polished. Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to customers interested in window treatments for contemporary rooms. She recommends them because they don’t change color and they won’t warp over time. A trend that Cunningham has noticed is that more contemporary rooms feature reclaimed wood shutters. They give a bit of nostalgia. They show off the rustic look of hardware. They complement hardwood flooring to pull in all the elements of the space. 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 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 like. You can go with the restorative look. Or design it to look exactly like a traditional barn door. And you can make it look contemporary that matches the hotel you just visited. Modern barn doors can be used as room separators where you that often don’t have full doors. An example would be when you want to block off your kitchen part of the time. Barn doors as window coverings work well on large windows with big enough wall space. Shaker doors have an open feel that is reminiscent of a more contemporary style. The hardware you decide on makes a difference. Pick stainless steel to get that contemporary look you want. Or choose paint in a bold color. If your room had primarily shades of white, a bold red barn door would pop against 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 years of experience 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. Your guests will definitely be talking about them. Roller Shades Roller shades are the perfect solution for contemporary rooms with large scale windows and doors that be folded into themselves. They’re discretely tucked away and help you bring in the outside view. If you like sleeping with complete room darkness so you can get a restful night’s sleep, roller shades can include room darkening liners. And if you need to block out noise, pair them with draperies which you can hide from sight by tying on the sides of the windows. Window Film Many contemporary rooms in the Las Vegas area have large windows that are often 25-30 feet in height. And if they’re west-facing windows, the sun takes a toll on the furnishings and carpet. Jane suggests window film to her clients with large windows. It allows you a full view of outside, which is exactly what you want for a contemporary room. In addition, the film blocks UV rays, which means your furnishings and carpet hold true to their color longer. Window film also helps your home be more energy efficient. Get Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Las Vegas Home Contact us at 702-850-6619 to schedule your free in-home design consultation. Our professionals come to your home and show you samples of the contemporary window treatment options you’re interested in. Now you can order the window treatment that goes with your rooms! To learn more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, browse through RoomResolutions.com.