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Picking Window Treatments in Boise 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 spoke with Jane Cunningham, Room Resolutions' principal designer, to better understand the process of picking window treatments for contemporary rooms in Boise.

Contemporary design can include a range of styles that are influenced by the second half of the 20th century. It features softer, cleaner lines. Jane has found that contemporary doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. The majority of the time, homeowners are looking to open up the room. She’s heard statements 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.” You can bring the outside in - even if you live in a small condo - by opening up your view of the sun, the rain, and the outdoors in Boise.

Begin by uncluttering the windows. If you think about your grandparents’ windows, they probably had many layers: shades on top of shutters, valances, and sheers. It can be claustrophobic. Remove the layers. Choose window treatments that use clean lines. And get the contemporary look you want.

Your Contemporary Window Treatment Options In Boise:

Shutters For Contemporary Rooms

 Plantation shutters in a gray contemporary room

Plantation shutters are perfect for contemporary spaces in Boise. They have wide 4.5” louvers which reflect a contemporary style. And when you pair their wide louvers with a rear mount tilt rod, your shutters create crisp lines across the window.

Shutters provide you with light control. The panels can be swung open to the side so that you’ll see through your entire window. You can also choose to mount divided shutters where the light comes in through the top.

It’s easy to clean them, which is important if the room quickly gets dusty. Contemporary décor looks best when every surface is clean and polished.

Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to clients who want window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preference because won’t warp over time and they don’t fade.

A trend that Cunningham has noticed is that reclaimed wood shutters are becoming popular in contemporary rooms. They give a 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 find a new way to incorporate an element from the past. The novel idea of using 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 want. You can go with the restorative look. You can have it look like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary feel that matches the hotel you just visited.

Modern barn doors become room separators where you that often don’t have full doors. This is particularly the case when you want to close off your kitchen but not all the time.

Barn doors as window coverings are perfect for large windows with adequate wall space. Shaker doors have an open feel that is reminiscent of a more contemporary style. The hardware makes a big difference. Choose stainless steel to get that contemporary look you want. Or choose a bold color of paint. For example, if the entire room is 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 has learned from experience that our homes are part of who we are as well as an experience we can share with our guests. And a barn door is a portion of that experience - and something your guests will be talking about.

Roller Shades

Roller shades in a contemporary room 

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

If you prefer to sleep in complete darkness so you can get a peaceful night’s sleep, roller shades can be ordered with room darkening options. And if you need acoustical help to block out unwanted noise, pair them with draperies that can be hidden by tying on the sides of the windows.

Window Film

 A modern home with window film

Most contemporary rooms we’ve seen in the Boise area have large windows that are often 25-30 feet in height. And when they face west, the sun takes a toll on the room’s items.

Jane suggests window film to homeowners with rooms that have large windows. It allows you a wide view of outside, which is exactly what you want for a contemporary room.

The film also blocks UV rays, which helps your furniture and carpeting retain their color longer. And it contributes to the energy efficiency of your home.

Get Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Boise Home

Call us at 208-609-9129 to set up your free in-home design consultation. Our window treatment professionals bring you samples of the contemporary window treatment options you’re interested in. So you can order the window treatment that’s perfect for your home!

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