Window Treatment Ideas For Modern And Contemporary Spaces

For a lot of modern and contemporary spaces, windows are very important and take up a lot of space. That provides the spaces with lots of natural light and with beautiful views of the surroundings but it also exposes them to the outside world. That’s when the window treatments come in. They offer privacy and they also serve as decorations and design accents which add character to the area around them both inside and out.

Wooden shutters

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Wooden shutters have a reputation for looking rustic or retro and while that it usually true in most cases, there are definitely cool ways to make them fit into a contemporary design. This beautiful house in Germany designed by ARCS Architekten is a really nice example. It has large windows with other single or double shutters which match the fence around the property as well as the cladding on the side extension.

Interior shutters

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The shutters are typically on the outside but not in this case. This minimalist room has interior shutters instead of the more common window treatments like curtains or blinds. It’s a design created by Alexander & Co. and it’s based on an unexpected and very clever idea. Interior shutters are convenient, practical and nice for childproofing the room.

Facade shutters

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The shutters are in this case a part of the facade itself and not just accessories or window treatments. When shut, they’re flush with the wall and give the exterior a continuous and uninterrupted pattern. There are perforations into the shutters which let the light pass through. This creates a really cool effect on the inside during the day and on the outside at night. The design for this stylish extension was created by architect Mihaly Slocombe.

Sliding shutters

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This minimalist house from Austin, Texas has a pitched roof and a plain white exterior balanced out by a sliding wooden shutters. These add warmth and texture to the design of the house and are easy to operate. They maintain a flat and simple appearance but they also break the monotony in the design created by studio Aamodt / Plumb.

Classic curtains

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Let’s not forget about curtains. They’re classic and even though they’re very common there are also lots and lots of different ways to make them stand out and look unique. Of course, simplicity is also very charming and there are many instances of gorgeous interior designs which make use of them. Take this gorgeous house in Singapore for example. It was designed by Aamer Architects and has these really beautiful sheer curtains with ombre colors.

Roman blinds

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Roman blinds are elegant and they suit all sorts of different types of spaces. They tend to look casual compared to other types of window treatments which makes them a good fit for certain spaces in particular such as kitchens or home offices for example. This is a really good use of Roman blinds by the designers at SVOYA Studio.

Rattan blinds

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Many window treatments offer lots of different possibilities and options in terms of material, finish or color. For instance, these are rattan blinds and they really fit this coastal-themed room. Also, the rattan adds warmth, texture and a farmhouse-inspired vibe to the space. {found on outrageousinteriors}.

Frosted glass

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Sometimes curtains, blinds or shutters are not even necessary. You can skip them completely if you can ensure privacy and shade in some other way. For example, frosted glass is a really good alternative to clear glass for both windows and doors. It’s not completely opaque and it lets some light through but it makes it nice and subtle. This right here is a simple yet sophisticated entrance by IMI Design which proves our point.

Valances

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Valances are a very distinctive type of window treatment which covers only the uppermost part of the window. They can be paired with blinds or curtains or they can be hung alone. They’re purely decorative and they’re very practical in spaces like the kitchen where other window treatments would get in the way. You can see them being used in this bright and stylish kitchen customized by JCR Design Group.