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Choosing Window Treatments in Phoenix for a Contemporary Room

May 02, 2016

When your home is decorated in contemporary style, you want your window treatments to mirror that style as well. So we talked to Room Resolutions’ principal designer, Jane Cunningham, to better understand the process of choosing window treatments for contemporary rooms in Phoenix.

Contemporary décor includes a range of styles that are inspired by the last half of the 20th century. Its main features are its softer, cleaner lines. Jane has found that how people define contemporary differs from person to person. The majority of the time, homeowners are trying 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 outdoors inby widening your view of the sun, the rain, and the outdoors in Phoenix.

First, unclutter the windows. Your grandparents’ house had windows with many layers: shades on top of valances, shutters, draperies, and sheers. It feels claustrophobic. Let go of layers. Go for window treatments that offer clean lines. And get the contemporary look you desire.

Your Contemporary Window Treatment Options In Phoenix:

Shutters For Contemporary Rooms

 Plantation shutters in a gray contemporary room

Plantation shutters are perfect for contemporary spaces in Phoenix. Their wide 4.5” louvers complement a contemporary style. When you add a rear mount tilt rod to these wide louvers, your shutters create clean lines across the window.

Shutters provide you with control over the level of light. You can open the panels to the side and have access to your entire window. Another option is to mount divided shutters. These shutters have the light streaming in through the top.

It’s easy to clean shutters, which is handy if the windows are usually dusty. Contemporary décor shines best when every surface is polished.

Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to customers who are looking for window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preferred shutter because they don’t change color and they won’t warp over time.

According to Cunningham, more contemporary spaces have reclaimed wood shutters. They have a little bit of nostalgia. They bring back the industrial look of hardware. They accentuate hardwood flooring to tie in the entire room. Reclaimed wood shutters allow you to take something from the past, revisit and reuse it. The idea of using 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 art on the wall. Go with as bright of a color as you like. You can go with the restorative look. Or make it look exactly like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary feel that matches the hotel you recently stayed at.

Modern barn doors act as room separators in spaces that usually don’t have full doors. An example would be when you want to close off your kitchen part of the time.

Barn doors as window treatments are perfect for large windows with sufficient wall space. Shaker doors exhibit an openness that lends itself to a more contemporary style. Hardware makes a big difference. Choose stainless steel to get that contemporary look you want. Or paint a barn door a bold color. If your room had primarily shades of white, a red barn door would pop against the wall and enhances 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

Over the years, Cunningham has learned that our homes are part of who we are. They’re also an experience we’re sharing with our guests. And a barn door is going to be part of that experience. Your guests likely will be talking about them.

Roller Shades

Roller shades in a contemporary room 

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

If you prefer sleeping with complete room darkness so you can get a restful night’s sleep, roller shades can come with room darkening add-ons. And if you need to dampen noise, combine them with draperies which you can hide from sight by tying on the window’s sides.

Window Film

 Window film in a contemporary home

A lot of contemporary rooms that are in the Phoenix area feature large windows that can be 25-30 feet in height. And when they face towards the west, the sun wear down the furnishings and carpet.

Jane recommends window film to homeowners with rooms that have large windows. It provides you with a wide view of outside, which is perfect for a contemporary room.

In addition, the film blocks the sun’s UV rays. This helps your carpeting and furniture hold true to their color longer. And it helps your home be more energy efficient.

Get Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Phoenix Home

Give us a ring at 480-485-7743 to arrange your free in-home design consultation. Our window treatment experts bring you samples of the contemporary window treatment options you’re interested in. Now you can choose the window treatment that’s perfect for your home!

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