When you’re decorating a room in your house in contemporary style, you want your window treatments to reflect that style too. So we sat down with Jane Cunningham, principal designer at Room Resolutions, to better understand the process of choosing window treatments for contemporary rooms.
Contemporary décor can include a range of styles inspired by the second half of the 20th century. It features softer, cleaner lines. In Jane’s experience, contemporary means something different to each one of us. Usually, homeowners are looking to open the space up. She’s heard statements 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.” Even in a small condo situation, you can bring the outside in by opening up your view of the sky, the rain, and the sun.
First, unclutter your windows. Your grandparents house had windows with a lot of layers: shades on top of draperies, shutters, valances, and sheers. It feels claustrophobic. Let go of layers. Go for window treatments that have clean lines. And get the contemporary look you’ve always wanted.
Your Contemporary Window Treatment Options:
Plantation shutters are perfect for contemporary rooms. The 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 give you light control. You can open the panels to the side and have access to your entire window. And you can choose to have divided shutters where you can have light coming in from the top.
They’re also easy to clean, which is something to consider if the room gets dusty easily. Contemporary décor shines best when all the items are polished.
Cunningham recommends Polywood® shutters to clients interested in window treatments for contemporary rooms. She prefers them because they don’t change color and they don’t warp over time.
She also notes that reclaimed wood shutters are becoming popular in contemporary rooms. They have a little bit of nostalgia. They highlight the restorative use of hardware. They go well with hardwood flooring to tie in the entire décor of the room. Reclaimed wood shutters let you take something from the past, revisit and reuse it. And the new application of reclaimed wood as shutters plays into the contemporary style.
Barn doors are a full scale piece of art on the wall. Choose as funky of a color as you want. You can get the restorative look. You can make it look like a traditional barn door. And you can make it look contemporary like the hotel you just stayed at.
Modern barn doors act as room separators where you traditionally 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 enough wall space. Shaker doors have an open feel that lends itself to a more contemporary style. The hardware makes a big difference. Choose stainless steel to get that contemporary look you want. Or paint a barn door a bold color. For example, if the entire room is shades of white, a red barn door would pop on the wall and adds 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 we’re sharing with our guests. And a barn door is going to be part of that experience. Your guests will definitely be talking about them.
Roller shades are a great option for contemporary rooms with large scale windows and doors that fold into themselves. They’re handly tucked away and allow you to bring in the outside view in.
If you like sleeping with compete room darkness for a restful night sleep, roller shades can come with room darkening options. And if you need acoustical help to block out noise, pair them with draperies that can be hidden from sight on the sides of the windows.
Most contemporary rooms we’ve seen have large windows that are 25-30 feet tall. And when they face west, the sun can take a toll on everything inside.
Jane suggests window film to anyone with large windows. It allows you an unhampered view of the outdoors, which is exactly what you want for a contemporary room.
The film also blocks UV rays, which helps your carpeting and furniture maintain their color longer. And it contributes to the energy efficiency of your home.
Get Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Home
Use our locator tool to find the Sunburst store nearest you. And give them a call to schedule your free in-home design consultation. We’ll bring you samples of the contemporary window treatments you’re interested in and their options right to your door. So you can choose the window treatment that fits your home!
To learn more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, visit RoomResolutions.com today.