When you’re decorating a room in contemporary style, your window treatments should be that same style as well. So we sat down with Jane Cunningham, Room Resolutions' principal designer, to better understand the process of picking window treatments for contemporary rooms in St. George.
Contemporary design covers a range of styles inspired by the second half of the 20th century. Its main features are its softer, cleaner lines. According to Jane, contemporary doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. Most of the time, people 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 spaces “give you the freedom to move.” You can bring the outside in - even if you live in a small condo - by expanding your view of the sun, the rain, and the outdoors in St. George.
Begin by uncluttering your windows. Your grandparents’ house had windows with many layers. There were shades on top of valances, shutters, draperies, and sheers. It feels claustrophobic. Let go of layers. By picking window treatments that have clean lines, you can get the contemporary look you’ve always wanted.
Your Contemporary Window Treatment Options In St. George:
Plantation shutters work great with contemporary spaces in St. George. Their wide 4.5” louvers go with a contemporary style. When you add a rear mount tilt rod to these wide louvers, your shutters create crisp lines across the window.
Shutters offer you control over light. The panels can be swung open to the side so that you’ll have access to your entire window. You can also choose to install divided shutters where the light comes in through the top.
They’re also easy to clean, which is handy if the space gets dusty easily. Contemporary décor looks its best when all the items are tidy and polished.
Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to customers who are searching for window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preferred shutter because don’t warp over the years and their colors stay true.
A trend that Cunningham has noticed is that more contemporary rooms feature reclaimed wood shutters. They have a little bit of nostalgia. They bring back the industrial look of hardware. They go well with hardwood flooring to bring together the entire room. Reclaimed wood shutters allow you to revisit and reuse something from the past. And the new application of reclaimed wood as shutters plays into the contemporary style.
Barn doors are a full scale masterpiece on the wall. Choose as bright of a color as you want. You can go with the restorative look. You can design it to look just like a traditional barn door. And you can make it look contemporary like the hotel you just went to.
Modern barn doors can be used as room separators where you that traditionally don’t have full doors. An example would be when you want to close off your kitchen at certain times.
Barn doors as window coverings look amazing on large windows with big enough wall space. Shaker doors have an open feel that is reminiscent of a more contemporary style. The hardware makes a large difference. Select stainless steel to make it look more contemporary. Or choose paint in a bold color. If your room had primarily shades of white, a red barn door would pop against 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 years of experience that our homes are part of who we areand also an experience our guests can share with us. And a barn door is part of that experience. Your guests will definitely be talking about them.
Roller shades are a great window treatment for contemporary rooms with large scale windows and doors which fold into themselves. They’re neatly tucked away, yet help you bring the outside view in.
If you like to sleep in total darkness so you can get a restful night’s sleep, roller shades can come with room darkening options. If you need to block out sounds, pair them with draperies that can be hidden by tying on the window’s sides.
A lot of contemporary rooms that are in the St. George area contain large windows that can be 25-30 feet tall. And when they face towards the west, the sun can take a toll on the items inside.
Jane recommends window film to anyone with rooms that have large windows. It provides you with an unhampered view of your outside surroundings, which is just what you want for a contemporary room.
In addition, the film blocks the sun’s UV rays, and means your furniture and carpeting maintain their color longer. And it helps your home be more energy efficient.
Get Contemporary Window Treatments For Your St. George Home
Call us at 435-485-9332 to set up your free in-home design consultation. Our window treatment experts come to your home and show you samples of the contemporary window treatments you’re interested in and their options. So you can purchase the window treatment that fits your home!
To learn more about Jane Cunningham and Room Resolutions, go to RoomResolutions.com today.