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Deciding on Window Treatments in Salt Lake City for a Contemporary Room

May 02, 2016

When you’re decorating a room in contemporary style, your window treatments should mirror that style as well. We spoke with Jane Cunningham, Room Resolutions' principal designer, to help our customers understand how to select window treatments for contemporary rooms in Salt Lake City.

Contemporary design includes a range of styles which are influenced by the last half of the 20th century. It features softer, cleaner lines. Jane has found that how people define contemporary differs from person to person. 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 rooms “give you the freedom to move.” You can bring nature inside - even if your living space is small - by widening your view of the sky, the rain, and the sun in Salt Lake City.

Begin by uncluttering the 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’s often claustrophobic. Remove the layers. By going with window treatments that have clean lines, you can get the contemporary look you want.

Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In Salt Lake City:

Shutters For Contemporary Rooms

 Contemporary room with white plantation shutters

Plantation shutters are great for contemporary homes in Salt Lake City. Their wide 4.5” louvers complement 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 the level of light. You can swing open the panels to the side and see through your entire window. And you can choose to have divided shutters where you can have light streaming in from the top.

Shutters are easy to clean, which is important if the windows are often dusty. Contemporary décor shines best when everything is tidy and polished.

Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to homeowners interested in window treatments for contemporary rooms. She recommends them because don’t warp over time and they don’t change color.

She also notes that reclaimed wood shutters are showing up more in contemporary rooms. They have a little bit of nostalgia. They bring back the industrial look of hardware. They go well with hardwood flooring to bring together all the décor in the room. Reclaimed wood shutters allow you to take something from the past, revisit and reuse it. 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. Go with as bold of a color as you like. You can get the restorative look. Or you can design it to look just like a traditional barn door. And you can make it look contemporary that matches the hotel you just went to.

Modern barn doors can be used as room separators in places that traditionally don’t have full doors. This is particularly the case when you want to block off your kitchen at certain times.

Barn doors as window coverings work well on large windows with enough wall space. Shaker doors have an open feel that lends itself to 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 bold red barn door pops 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 as well as 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

Patterned roller shades in a contemporary room 

Roller shades are a wonderful solution for contemporary rooms which have large scale windows and doors that be folded into themselves. They’re neatly tucked away, yet let you bring in the outside view.

If you enjoy sleeping with total room darkness in order to get a peaceful night’s sleep, roller shades can be ordered with room darkening add-ons. If you need acoustical help to reduce unwanted noise, combine them with draperies that can be hidden on the window’s sides.

Window Film

 Window film in a contemporary home

Most contemporary rooms in the Salt Lake City area contain large windows that can be 25-30 feet in height. And if they’re west-facing windows, the sun can take a toll on the furnishings and carpet.

Jane suggests window film to her clients with homes that have large windows. It provides you with an unhampered view of the outdoors, which is just what you want for a contemporary room.

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

Get Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Salt Lake City Home

Contact us at 801-515-3598 to arrange your free in-home design consultation. Our professionals bring you samples of the contemporary window treatment options we carry and that you’re looking for. Now you can pick the window treatment that fits your rooms!

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