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Deciding on Window Treatments in Sacramento for a Contemporary Room

May 02, 2016

When your home is decorated in contemporary style, your window treatments should mirror that 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 that are inspired by the later portion of the 20th century. Its main features are its softer, cleaner lines. According to Jane, how people define contemporary differs from person to person. The majority of the time, her clients are looking 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 you live in a small condo, you can bring the outdoors inby widening your view of the sky, the rain, and the sun in Sacramento.

First, unclutter your windows. If you think about your grandparents’ windows, they probably had many layers. There were shades on top of draperies, shutters, valances, and sheers. It can be claustrophobic. Remove the layers. Look for window treatments that have clean lines. And get the contemporary look you’ve always wanted.

Your Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In Sacramento:

Shutters For Contemporary Spaces

 White plantation shutters in a contemporary room

Plantation shutters are great for contemporary homes in Sacramento. The 4.5” louvers go with a contemporary style. When you add a rear mount tilt rod to their wide louvers, your shutters create clean lines across the window.

Shutters offer you light control. 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 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 every surface is polished.

Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to homeowners who want 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. Reclaimed wood shutters let you revisit and reuse something from the past. And the new application of reclaimed wood as shutters goes right along with the contemporary style.

Modern Barn Doors

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

Modern barn doors become room separators where you that usually don’t have full doors. This is particularly the case when you want to block off your kitchen but not all the time.

Barn doors as window coverings look amazing on large windows with adequate wall space. Shaker doors exhibit an openness that is reminiscent of a more contemporary style. The 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 differing shades of white, a red barn door would pop on the wall and contributes 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 - and something your guests will be talking about.

Roller Shades

Roller shades in a contemporary room 

Roller shades are the perfect window treatment for contemporary rooms with big windows and doors which be folded into themselves. They’re 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 sounds, pair them with draperies that can be hidden by tying on the sides of the windows.

Window Film

 A modern home with window film

Many contemporary rooms in the Sacramento area feature large windows that are 25-30 feet tall. And when they face towards the west, the sun wear down the items inside.

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

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

Purchase Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Sacramento Home

Contact us at 916-665-0078 to arrange your free in-home design consultation. Our experts will show you samples of the contemporary window treatments you’re interested in and their options. Then you’re ready to choose the window treatment that’s perfect for your home!

To find out more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, visit