Using modern window treatments

Modern window treatments live in that gray area between traditional and contemporary. And that's probably the best way to define it.

If you think of traditional treatments - nice, heavy, interlined curtains with ornate cornice boxes, or sophisticated shades - then modern treatments are simple in comparison.

Contemporary window treatments are just that bit more fashionable. You'll often find that contemporary furnishings need replacing more often, because they tend to 'date' more quickly.

If you like a more modern effect for your windows and your home is traditional, don't worry. Modern treatments are very adaptable, and with care can be used in most situations.


Key factors for modern window treatments

Here are some of the features to look for when you use modern effects in you window furnishings.

Simplicity of style

Busy or fussy effects are rarely used in modern window treatments. This applies to the make-up of your fabrics as well as to their design.

Modern means the treatment is straightforward. You see instantly what's been done and how it's been executed. There's no complicated fitments or features.

Modern tends to mean straight lines. That's not to say curves are out, far from it. But you need to achieve a balance, and not to have too many changes to confuse the look of the room.


You might not have expected this one. But just because something is relatively simple doesn't mean it hasn't been carefully considered.

In fact, these sorts of effects are often harder to achieve than other types of treatment. When you walk into a room where a modern effect has been used and you're impressed by it, chances are a great deal of thought has gone into it.

What colors have been used? How about the texture? Where and how have the fitments been used? Take you time with this part.

Use of color

Color is always an important part of interior design, and the use of color here is no exception. The good news is that you should already have some idea of your color scheme. It will, of necessity, be modern in it's approach. (You'd have to be an exceptional interior designer to incorporate modern approaches in another style of room!)

Your choice of color for your windows will normally be dictated by the other colors in the room. You can go for a contrasting color or shade, or alternatively something which blends with the room. (See the illustrations below).

If you want more information on color, go to the color section of the website.

Putting it all together

The usual advice applies here.

If you can, get samples of the fabrics you intend to use for your curtains or shades. See them in different lighting conditions to make sure they will still look good in daylight and in artificial light.

Look at different styles of fitments and alternatives - don't just go for the first one you see.

And if you find you're making it too complicated, take a step back, and ask yourself how you can simplify your scheme.


Some examples modern window curtains

This photo shows a modern approach to curtains over the windows.

The fabric is of a modern design, with the colors complimenting the upholstery cloth. The design is also uniform, providing a regular effect in the pattern.

When the curtains are drawn together all the fitments are hidden, giving a simple effect.


modern drapes

Notice that even though this window well above the radiator, the curtains have been designed to finish at floor level.

Rather than use the same cream fabric on its own, the bottom section of the curtains uses a patterned fabric which contains the other colors used in the room.

To finish off this modern window treatment the curtain heading are made using grommets (also known as eyelets) through which the rod passes.


modern kitchen window treatments

These kitchen windows have sheer panels hung next to each other.

The panels are of different lengths, and are finished with a red triangle to match the cabinet fronts.

Simple and elegant. Modern window treatments at their best.




Return to Window Treatment

Return to Home Page