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Choosing Window Treatments in Denver for a Contemporary Room

May 02, 2016

When your home’s style is contemporary, you need your window treatments to reflect that style too. So we spoke with Jane Cunningham, Room Resolutions' principal designer, to better understand how customers should select the right window treatments for contemporary rooms in Denver.

Contemporary design can include a range of styles inspired by the later portion of the 20th century. It features softer, cleaner lines. Jane has found that contemporary doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. Usually, her clients are looking to open the space up. 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 in a small condo situation - by opening up your view of the sun, the rain, and the outdoors in Denver.

The first step is to unclutter the windows. The windows in your grandparents’ house had multiple layers. There were shades on top of shutters, valances, and sheers. It’s often claustrophobic. Let go of layers. Go with window treatments that use clean lines. And get the contemporary look you desire.

Your Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In Denver:

Shutters For Contemporary Homes

 Contemporary room with white plantation shutters

Plantation shutters are perfect for contemporary rooms in Denver. The 4.5” louvers go with a contemporary style. When you combine these wide louvers with a rear mount tilt rod, your shutters create crisp lines across the window.

Shutters provide you with control over the level of light. The panels can be swung open to the side so that you’ll have an open view of your entire window. You can also choose to install divided shutters where the light streams in through the top.

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

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

She also notes that more contemporary rooms feature reclaimed wood shutters. They provide a bit of nostalgia. They bring back the industrial look of hardware. They complement hardwood flooring to tie in all the décor in the room. With reclaimed wood shutters, you can take something from the past, revisit and reuse it. The novel 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. Pick as funky of a color as you desire. You can get the restorative look. Or design it to 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 places that usually don’t have full doors. For example, when you want to block off your kitchen but not all the time.

Barn doors as window coverings work well on large windows with enough wall space. Shaker doors have an open feel that matches a more contemporary style. The hardware makes a difference. Select stainless steel to make it look more contemporary. Or choose a bold color of paint. If your room had primarily varying shades of white, a bright red barn door stands out on 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

Cunningham knows from experience that our homes are part of who we are as well as an experience our guests can share with us. And a barn door is part of that experience. Your guests likely will be talking about them.

Roller Shades

Roller shades in a contemporary room 

Roller shades are a wonderful option for contemporary rooms that have big windows and doors that can fold into themselves. They’re neatly tucked away, yet help you bring the outside view in.

If you like sleeping with total room darkness in order to get a full night’s sleep, roller shades can be ordered with room darkening add-ons. And if you need to block out sounds, combine them with draperies that can be hidden from sight by tying on the sides of the windows.

Window Film

 Contemporary room with window film

Most contemporary rooms in the Denver area contain large windows that are 25-30 feet tall. And when they face west, the sun wear down the items inside.

Jane recommends window film to her clients with large windows. It gives you a wide view of outside, 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 helps your home be more energy efficient.

Find Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Denver Home

Call us at 720-538-0182 to set up 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 fits your home!

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