Deciding on Window Treatments in San Jose for a Contemporary Room

Curtis Orton

When you’re decorating a room in contemporary style, your window treatments should mirror that style as well. So we sat down with Jane Cunningham, principal designer at Room Resolutions, to help our customers understand how to select window treatments for contemporary rooms in San Jose.

Contemporary design can include a range of styles that are influenced by the later portion of the 20th century. It features softer, cleaner lines. In Jane’s experience, everyone has a slightly different definition of contemporary. Usually, her clients want to open up the room. She’s heard her clients 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 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 sky, and the rain in San Jose.

Begin by uncluttering the windows. Your grandparents’ house had windows with a lot of layers: shades on top of valances, shutters, draperies, and sheers. It feels claustrophobic. Let go of layers. Choose window treatments that offer clean lines. And get the contemporary look you want.

Your Contemporary Window Treatment Options In San Jose:

Shutters For Contemporary Rooms

 Contemporary room with white plantation shutters

Plantation shutters are perfect for contemporary spaces in San Jose. The 4.5” louvers reflect a contemporary style. When you pair their wide louvers with a rear mount tilt rod, your windows have clean lines across them from the shutters.

Shutters offer you light control. You can open the panels to the side and have an open view of your entire window. You can also choose to mount divided shutters where the light comes in through the top.

It’s easy to clean shutters, which is especially helpful if the space quickly gets dusty. Contemporary décor looks its best when everything is tidy and polished.

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

According to Cunningham, reclaimed wood shutters are showing up more in contemporary rooms. They offer a bit of nostalgia. They highlight the restorative use of hardware. They complement hardwood flooring to bring together the entire décor of the room. Reclaimed wood shutters allow you to take something from the past, revisit and reuse it. The 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 like. You can go with the restorative look. You can have it look exactly like a traditional barn door. And you can give it a contemporary look like the hotel you just went to.

Modern barn doors can be used as room separators where you that traditionally don’t have full doors. This is particularly the case when you want to block off your kitchen part of the time.

Barn doors as window coverings look amazing on large windows with adequate wall space. Shaker doors have an open feel that goes along with a more contemporary style. The hardware makes a large difference. Choose stainless steel to get that contemporary look you want. 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 on 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

Cunningham knows from years of experience that our homes are part of who we areand also an experience we can share with our guests. 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 a great window treatment for contemporary rooms which have big windows and doors that can fold into themselves. They’re discretely tucked away and help you bring in the outside view.

If you like to sleep in complete darkness so you can have a peaceful night’s sleep, roller shades can come with room darkening options. If you need acoustical help to block out noise, combine them with draperies that can be hidden on the sides of the windows.

Window Film

 Window film in a contemporary home

Most contemporary rooms that are in the San Jose area have large windows that are 25-30 feet tall. And when they face west, the sun wear down the room’s items.

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

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

Find Contemporary Window Treatments For Your San Jose Home

Give us a ring at 916-542-1305 to set up your free in-home design consultation. Our experts will show you samples of the contemporary window treatment options we carry and that you’re looking for. Then you’re ready to choose the window treatment that’s perfect for your rooms!

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