How To Select Window Treatments For A Contemporary Room In Sacramento

Curtis Orton

When you’re decorating a room in contemporary style, your window treatments should be that same style as well. We sat down with Jane Cunningham, principal designer at Room Resolutions, to help our customers understand how to select window treatments for contemporary rooms in Sacramento.

Contemporary décor can include a range of styles which are inspired by the later portion of the 20th century. Its main features are its softer, cleaner lines. In Jane’s experience, everyone has a slightly different definition of contemporary. The majority of the time, her clients are trying to open up the room. She’s heard her clients 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 homes “give you the freedom to move.” Even if your living space is small, you can bring the outdoors in by opening up your view of the sun, the sky, and the rain in Sacramento.

First, unclutter your windows. If you think about your grandparents’ windows, they probably had a lot of layers. There were shades on top of draperies, shutters, valances, and sheers. It can be claustrophobic. Remove the layers. Go with window treatments that have clean lines. And get the contemporary look you want.

Your Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In Sacramento:

Shutters For Contemporary Spaces

 Plantation shutters in a gray contemporary room

Plantation shutters work well with contemporary homes in Sacramento. Their wide 4.5” louvers go with a contemporary style. When you add a rear mount tilt rod to their wide louvers, your windows have clean lines across them from the shutters.

Shutters give you control over light. The panels can be swung open to the side so that you’ll see through your entire window. And you can choose to have divided shutters where the light comes in through the top.

They’re also easy to clean, which is important if the windows are often dusty. Contemporary décor looks its best when every surface is clean and polished.

Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to homeowners who are searching for window treatments for contemporary rooms. She recommends them because they don’t change color and they won’t warp over the years.

A trend that Cunningham has noticed is that more contemporary spaces have reclaimed wood shutters. They offer a touch of nostalgia. They bring back the industrial look of hardware. They accentuate hardwood flooring to pull in all the décor in the room. With reclaimed wood shutters, you can take something from the past, revisit and reuse it. The novel idea of using reclaimed wood as shutters goes right along with the contemporary style.

Modern Barn Doors

Modern barn door in bedroom 

Barn doors are a full scale piece of artwork on the wall. Go with as bold of a color as you want. You can have the restorative look. Or you can design it to look exactly like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary feel similar to the hotel you recently visited.

Modern barn doors act as room separators where you that traditionally don’t have full doors. For example, when you want to block off your kitchen part of the time.

Barn doors as window coverings look amazing on large windows with adequate wall space. Shaker doors exhibit an openness that matches a more contemporary style. Hardware makes a difference. Select stainless steel to get that contemporary look you want. Or paint a barn door a bold color. If your room had primarily varying shades of white, a red barn door would pop on the wall and adds 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. They’re also an experience we can share 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

Roller shades in a contemporary room 

Roller shades are a great option for contemporary rooms with big windows and doors which be folded into themselves. They’re handly tucked away and let you bring the outside view in.

If you prefer to sleep in complete darkness so you can get a full night’s sleep, roller shades can come with room darkening add-ons. And if you need to block out noise, pair them with draperies that can be hidden by tying on the sides of the windows.

Window Film

 A modern home with window film

Most contemporary rooms in the Sacramento area have large windows that are 25-30 feet tall. And when they face towards the west, the sun wear down the room’s items.

Jane recommends window film to her clients with large windows. It provides you with a full view of outside, which is just what you want for a contemporary room.

The film blocks UV rays, which means your furniture and carpeting hold true to their color longer. Window film also helps your home save energy.

Get Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Sacramento Home

Call us at 925-309-5969 to arrange your free in-home design consultation. Our experts will show you samples of the contemporary window treatment options you’re interested in. Then you’re ready to choose the window treatment that’s perfect for your home!

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