Deciding on Window Treatments in Southern California for a Contemporary Room

Kimball Jones

When your home is decorated in contemporary style, you want your window treatments to be that same style as well. We spoke with Room Resolutions’ principal designer, Jane Cunningham, to better understand how customers should select the right window treatments for contemporary rooms in Southern California.

Contemporary design covers a range of styles influenced by the second half of the 20th century. It features softer, cleaner lines. In Jane’s experience, contemporary means something different to everyone. Usually, her clients want to open the space up. She’s heard statements 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 nature insideby widening your view of the sun, the rain, and the outdoors in Southern California.

The first step is to unclutter your windows. Your grandparents’ house had windows with a lot of layers: shades on top of shutters, valances, and sheers. It can be claustrophobic. Let go of layers. By going with window treatments that are built with clean lines, you can have the contemporary look you’ve always wanted.

Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In Southern California:

Shutters For Contemporary Rooms

 Plantation shutters in a gray contemporary room

Plantation shutters are great for contemporary homes in Southern California. Their wide 4.5” louvers reflect a contemporary style. And when you combine these wide louvers with a rear mount tilt rod, your shutters create clean lines across the window.

Shutters give you control over light. The panels can be swung open to the side so that you’ll have access to your entire window. Another option is to mount divided shutters where you can have light streaming in from the top.

They’re also easy to clean, which is something to consider if the windows are usually dusty. Contemporary décor shines best when all the items are tidy and polished.

Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to customers who want window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preference because they don’t change color and they don’t warp over the years.

According to Cunningham, reclaimed wood shutters are becoming popular in contemporary rooms. They provide a little bit of nostalgia. They bring back the industrial look of hardware. They go well with hardwood flooring to tie in all the décor in the room. Reclaimed wood shutters allow you to find a new way to incorporate an element from the past. 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 artwork on the wall. Go with as bright of a color as you want. You can have the restorative look. You can have it look exactly like a traditional barn door. And you can make it look contemporary that matches the hotel you just stayed at.

Modern barn doors become room separators in spaces that traditionally 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 are perfect for large windows with big enough wall space. Shaker doors display an openness that lends itself to a more contemporary style. The hardware you decide on makes a big difference. Choose stainless steel for a more contemporary look. Or paint a barn door a bold color. For example, if the entire room is varying shades of white, a red barn door pops against the wall and enhances 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

Cunningham has learned from experience that our homes are part of who we areand 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 a wonderful solution for contemporary rooms with large scale windows and doors that can fold into themselves. They’re neatly tucked away, yet let you bring in the outside view.

If you enjoy sleeping with complete room darkness in order to get a peaceful night’s sleep, roller shades can be ordered with room darkening options. And if you need acoustical help to reduce sounds, combine them with draperies that can be hidden on the window’s sides.

Window Film

 A modern home with window film

Many contemporary rooms that are in the Southern California area contain large windows that can be 25-30 feet tall. And when they face west, the sun takes a toll on the items inside.

Jane likes to suggest window film to her clients with homes that have large windows. It provides you with a wide view of the outdoors, which is exactly what you want for a contemporary room.

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

Get Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Southern California Home

Give us a ring at 888-611-2474 to arrange your free in-home design consultation. Our professionals will show you samples of the contemporary window treatments you’re interested in and their options. Now you can buy the window treatment that goes with your rooms!

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