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Choosing Window Treatments in San Antonio for a Contemporary Room

May 02, 2016

When your home’s style is contemporary, you need your window treatments to be that same style as well. So we spoke with Room Resolutions’ principal designer, Jane Cunningham, to better understand the process of picking window treatments for contemporary rooms in San Antonio.

Contemporary décor can include a range of styles which are inspired by the second half of the 20th century. It’s built on softer, cleaner lines. According to Jane, contemporary doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. Usually, people want to open the space up. Her clients have said things like, “I don’t need an ottoman by every chair.” Or “I don’t have to have 15 items on the counter of my house.”

Contemporary rooms “give you the freedom to move.” Even if your living space is small, you can bring nature insideby widening your view of the sky, the rain, and the sun in San Antonio.

The first step is to unclutter the windows. Your grandparents’ house had windows with multiple layers. There were shades on top of draperies, shutters, valances, and sheers. It can be claustrophobic. Remove the layers. By going for window treatments that offer clean lines, you can get the contemporary look you’ve always wanted.

Your Contemporary Window Treatment Options In San Antonio:

Shutters For Contemporary Rooms

 Plantation shutters in a gray contemporary room

Plantation shutters work great with contemporary spaces in San Antonio. Their wide 4.5” louvers complement a contemporary style. And when you add a rear mount tilt rod to these wide louvers, your windows have clean lines across them from the shutters.

Shutters give you light control. The panels can be swung open to the side so that you’ll have an open view of your entire window. And you can choose to mount divided shutters where you can have light streaming in from the top.

They’re easy to clean, which is something to consider if the windows are often dusty. Contemporary décor looks best when everything is polished.

Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to homeowners interested in window treatments for contemporary rooms. She prefers them because don’t warp over the years and they don’t get dingy.

According to Cunningham, reclaimed wood shutters are becoming popular in contemporary rooms. They provide a bit of nostalgia. They highlight the restorative use of hardware. They go well with hardwood flooring to pull in all the elements of the space. Reclaimed wood shutters allow you to find a new way to incorporate an element from the past. And the new application of reclaimed wood as shutters is the epitome of the contemporary style.

Modern Barn Doors

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Barn doors are a full scale piece of artwork on the wall. Pick as bold of a color as you desire. You can go with the restorative look. Or you can have it look just like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary look like the hotel you recently visited.

Modern barn doors become room separators in spaces that often don’t have full doors. An example would be when you want to block off your kitchen but not all the time.

Barn doors as window treatments work well on large windows with sufficient wall space. Shaker doors have an open feel that lends itself to a more contemporary style. The hardware makes a big difference. Choose stainless steel for a more contemporary look. Or choose a bold color of paint. If your room had primarily differing shades of white, a bold 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 has learned from experience that our homes are part of who we areand also an experience our guests can share with us. And a barn door is a portion of that experience. Your guests likely will be talking about them.

Roller Shades

Roller shades in a contemporary room 

Roller shades are the perfect solution for contemporary rooms that have large scale windows and doors that be folded into themselves. They’re discretely tucked away and let you bring in the outside view.

If you need to sleep in total darkness so you can have a full night’s sleep, roller shades can include room darkening add-ons. If you want to dampen noise, combine them with draperies that can be hidden on the window’s sides.

Window Film

 Contemporary room with window film

Many contemporary rooms we’ve seen in the San Antonio area contain large windows that are often 25-30 feet in height. And when they face towards the west, the sun can take a toll on the furnishings and carpet.

Jane recommends window film to anyone with rooms that have large windows. It provides you with a wide view of the outdoors, which is exactly what you want for a contemporary room.

The film also blocks the sun’s UV rays, which helps your carpeting and furniture retain their color longer. Window film also helps your home save energy.

Find Contemporary Window Treatments For Your San Antonio Home

Call us at 210-876-0377 to arrange your free in-home design consultation. Our experts come to your home and show you samples of the contemporary window treatment options we carry and that you’re looking for. So you can choose the window treatment that fits your rooms!

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