Modern Window Treatments For A Modern Living Room

Compliment a modern living room by selecting the right window treatments

The living room is the heart of the home. Whether you are seeking to update your current living room, or planning the decor for a new space, chances are you want it to look modern. But what looks modern these days? When it comes to modern living room decor, every element plays a crucial role in creating a stylish and functional space. One often overlooked aspect is the window treatments, which not only add to the overall aesthetic but also provide privacy and control the incoming light. In this blog, we'll explore how you can enhance your modern living room decor by selecting the right window treatments.

Roller shades cover two large windows in a modern living room

Roller shades

When it comes to window treatments, you have several options that will offer clean modern lines.

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Roller Shades for a Modern Living Room

Roller shades offer a simple, sleek look when fully closed and practically disappear when fully open. They have had a huge makeover in recent years, with smoother opening mechanisms, optional motorization, and endless fabric and material options. From sturdy solar shades, that offer a view, to refined and delicate sheer shades - the family of roller shades has grown to encompass so many more options than the original white vinyl roller shade that started it all. Cordless versions of roller shades lift up and down with just the touch of a finger and the absence of cords further contributes to the clean modern look.

Roller shades cover two large windows in a modern living room

Roller shades

Woven Wood Shades & Modern Decor

Woven wood shades have been around for a long time, so you might be surprised to see them on a list of window treatments that will modernize or fit into a modern space. But, like roller shades, they have evolved a lot in recent years. Formally relegated to sunrooms and porches, you now see them used to bring texture into modern, eclectic, and elegant settings. Woven wood shades have a beautiful texture and the newer styles have an even more refined, understated texture. More and more we see the layering of multiple textures on windows; woven wood shades paired with curtains or light linen sheers paired with velvet drapes.

Woven wood shades cover a large window in a modern living room

Woven wood shades with curtains

Cellular Shades & Modern Decor

Cellular shades are a customer favorite at Blinds To Go due to their versatility, functionality, and contemporary style. They are both soft and angular in appearance and thus are well suited to both classic and modern decor. Cellular shades have a clean, flat, understated look and can stand alone or be paired with other window treatments like drapes or curtains for added style and functionality. Because they are lightweight cellular shades are popular in rooms with large and/or multiple windows. They can be motorized or cordless for an even more modern look.

Cellular shades cover two windows in a modern living room

Light-filtering cellular shades

Sheer Shades for a Modern Living Room

Sheer shades, like Serenity® sheer shades and Cascade sheer shades function similar to roller shades but with the updated appearance of and functionality. Both of these styles of sheer window shade allow in lots of diffused sunlight through their beautiful sheer material but they can also be closed and provide privacy by simply adjusting the bottom bar, or if motorized, at the touch of a button, for a truly modern look and feel.

Serenity® sheer shades cover two large windows in a modern living room

Serenity® sheer shades

Roman Shades for a Modern Living Room

Enhance the modern vibe of your living room with the newest styles of roman shades, which boast a refined look that suits the clean and minimalistic style of contemporary decor. Flat-tailored roman shades and seamless “waterfall” style roman shades are flatter in appearance than the classic blousy folds of classic roman shades. Choose a cordless option for a cleaner, cord-free look to further modernize the feel of your window treatments. For an even more modern feel, consider motorizing the shades on side-by-side windows, so that they can all be raised and lowered at the same time at the push of a button.

Linen roman shades shades cover a large window in a modern living room

Waterfall style roman shades

Blinds For a Modern Living Room

Horizontal blinds in 1” aluminum and 2” real wood blinds and 2" faux wood blinds may not be what first comes to mind when you picture modern living spaces but they can also give a modern clean look at a price point that is more accessible than fabric blinds and shades. Choose a color that blends into your walls and lets other decor shine for a modern look. Contrasting fabric tape can add a bold look to white faux wood blinds or to real wood blinds in natural wood tones in rooms with modern use of wood.

Grey real wood blinds with contrasting fabric tape in a modern living room

Real wood blinds with contrasting fabric tape

Curtains For a Modern Living Room

Curtains and drapes are another classic window treatment that can look modern, especially in whites and light neutral tones. Crisp pinch or tailored pleats at the top of your drapes and curtains will give a clean look and a double rod will allow the modern look and functionality of two separate sets of drapes or curtains on the same window, try pairing sheer linen curtains with velvet drapes with crisply tailored top pleats.

A large window in a modern living room is covered with closed sheer, white drapes

Sheer white drapes

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Natural Light for a Modern Look

Modern living rooms often embrace natural light as a key design element. Sheer window treatments, like the Serenity® and Cascade sheer shades mentioned above, allow sunlight to filter through, creating an airy and inviting ambiance. Consider using lightweight fabrics like linen or silk for curtains or window shades. These materials maintain privacy while allowing the beautiful rays of sunlight to permeate your living space.

White curtains in a small modern living room

White curtains

Bold Colors for a Modern Living Room

If you're looking to make a statement with your window treatments, consider incorporating bold patterns and colors. Modern living rooms are all about expressing personality and creating visual interest. Opt for geometric patterns, abstract prints, or vibrant hues that contrast with the overall color scheme of the room. Remember to balance the statement window treatments with other elements in the space to maintain a cohesive look. Let a bold window treatment be the centerpiece in a room full of otherwise toned-down neutrals. A strategically-placed, bold window treatment can be a captivating focal point.

Large windows in a modern living room are covered with Cascade sheer shades with bold dark horizontal stripes

Cascade sheer shades

Or if you prefer to embrace the modern eclectic look with a mixture of fun patterns and colors in your living room, like bold accent wall paper and eclectic upholstery and rugs, then choose a simple yet luxe window treatment and allow it to tone it all down like a picture frame on a bold painting.

Motorization and Smart Window Treatments

Modern living room decor goes beyond aesthetics; functionality is just as important. That's why integrating smart home technology into your window treatments can be a game-changer. Motorized blinds or shades can be controlled effortlessly through a smartphone app or voice commands. With a simple swipe or spoken command, you can adjust the amount of light or privacy you desire. Automated window treatments not only add convenience but also offer energy efficiency benefits and enhanced privacy and light management. Setting a group of side-by-side windows to raise and lower automatically at a certain time of day will not only lend a modern feel to your living room, it will also simplify your routine, talk about modern convenience.

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Motorized room-darkening sheer shades

Layers & Texture in Modern Decor

To add depth and texture to your modern living room, consider layering window treatments. Combine different types of treatments, such as roller shades with drapes or woven blinds. Layering provides versatility in terms of light control and allows you to create unique visual effects. Additionally, choose fabrics or materials with interesting textures to enhance the overall aesthetic. Textured treatments add warmth and character to your living space. Many window treatments that showcase the most texture, like unlined woven wood shades, would benefit by being paired with other window treatments that provide more privacy, like cotton or velvet drapes.

Woven wood shades cover a large window in a modern living room

Drapes paired with woven wood shades

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By embracing clean lines, maximizing natural light, incorporating smart features, and experimenting with layering and textures, you have so many options to transform your living room into a modern sanctuary. Remember to consider your personal preferences and needs when selecting window treatments, ensuring they align with your desired style and lifestyle. With the right window treatments, you'll create a space that you love to spend time in.

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