Deciding on Window Treatments in Philadelphia for a Contemporary Room

Holly Perron

When your home’s style is contemporary, your window treatments should reflect that style too. We talked to Room Resolutions’ principal designer, Jane Cunningham, to better understand the process of choosing window treatments for contemporary rooms in Philadelphia.

Contemporary design can include a range of styles influenced by the last half of the 20th century. It’s built on softer, cleaner lines. In Jane’s experience, everyone has a slightly different definition of contemporary. Most of the time, her clients want to open the room up. She’s heard people say 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.” You can bring the outside in - even if your living space is small - by expanding your view of the sun, the sky, and the rain in Philadelphia.

First, unclutter your windows. Your grandparents’ house had windows with multiple layers. There were shades on top of draperies, shutters, valances, and sheers. It feels claustrophobic. Get rid of the layers. By picking window treatments that are built with clean lines, you can get the contemporary look you’ve always wanted.

Options For Contemporary Window Treatments In Philadelphia:

Shutters For Contemporary Homes

 White plantation shutters in a contemporary room

Plantation shutters are great for contemporary spaces in Philadelphia. The 4.5” louvers reflect a contemporary style. When you combine these wide louvers with a rear mount tilt rod, your windows have clean lines across them from the shutters.

Shutters provide you with control over light. You can swing open the panels to the side and have an open view of your entire window. Another option is to mount divided shutters where the light comes in through the top.

Shutters are also easy to clean, which is something to consider if the space quickly gets dusty. Contemporary décor looks its best when every surface is clean and polished.

Cunningham recommends Polywood shutters to clients who want window treatments for contemporary rooms. They’re her preferred shutter because don’t warp over time and their colors stay true.

According to Cunningham, more contemporary spaces have reclaimed wood shutters. They give a little bit of nostalgia. They bring back the industrial look of hardware. They go well with hardwood flooring to bring together the entire décor of the room. Reclaimed wood shutters let you 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 artwork on the wall. Go with as funky of a color as you want. You can go with the restorative look. You can design it to look like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary feel that matches the hotel you recently visited.

Modern barn doors can be used as room separators in spaces that often don’t have full doors. For example, when you want to close off your kitchen but not all the time.

Barn doors as window treatments are perfect for large windows with big enough wall space. Shaker doors have an open feel that matches a more contemporary style. The hardware makes a 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 stands out against the wall and contributes 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

Over the years, Cunningham has learned that our homes are part of who we are. They’re also 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

Patterned roller shades in a contemporary room 

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

If you prefer sleeping with complete room darkness in order to get a restful night’s sleep, roller shades can come with room darkening add-ons. If you need acoustical help to block out unwanted noise, combine them with draperies that can be hidden from sight on the sides of the windows.

Window Film

 Contemporary room with window film

A lot of contemporary rooms we’ve seen in the Philadelphia area contain large windows that can be 25-30 feet tall. And when they face towards the west, the sun wear down the room’s items.

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

In addition, the film blocks UV rays, and helps your furniture and carpeting hold true to their color longer. Window film also helps your home save energy.

Find Contemporary Window Treatments For Your Philadelphia Home

Give us a ring at 215-874-4897 to schedule your free in-home design consultation. Our window treatment experts come to your home and show you samples of the contemporary window treatments you’re interested in and their options. Then you’re ready to decide on the window treatment that’s perfect for your rooms!

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