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

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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 better understand the process of selecting window treatments for contemporary rooms in Salt Lake City.

Contemporary design can include a range of styles which are influenced by the second half of the 20th century. It features softer, cleaner lines. Jane has found that everyone has a slightly different definition of contemporary. 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.” Even if you live in a small condo, you can bring the outside inby widening your view of the sun, the sky, and the rain in Salt Lake City.

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

Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In Salt Lake City:

Shutters For Contemporary Spaces

 Contemporary room with white plantation shutters

Plantation shutters are great for contemporary homes in Salt Lake City. The 4.5” louvers reflect 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 have access to your entire window. And you can choose to have divided shutters. These shutters have the light streaming in through the top.

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

Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to homeowners interested in window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preferred shutter 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 elements of the space. Reclaimed wood shutters allow you to 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 like. You can get the restorative look. Or you can make it look just like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary look that matches the hotel you just went to.

Modern barn doors can be used as room separators where you that usually 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 are perfect for large windows with enough wall space. Shaker doors display an openness that lends itself to a more contemporary style. The hardware makes a difference. Select stainless steel for a more contemporary look. Or paint a barn door a bold color. If your room had primarily differing shades of white, a bright 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 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

Contemporary room with patterned roller shades 

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

If you enjoy sleeping with total room darkness so you can get a peaceful night’s sleep, roller shades can be ordered with room darkening add-ons. If you want to reduce unwanted noise, combine them with draperies which you can hide on the window’s sides.

Window Film

 Contemporary room with window film

Many 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 takes a toll on the furnishings and carpet.

Jane suggests window film to her clients with homes that have large windows. It provides you with a full view of your outside surroundings, which is exactly what you want for a contemporary room.

The film blocks UV rays, which 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

Call 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. So you can pick the window treatment that’s perfect for your rooms!

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