How to Use Window Treatments in A Modern Classic Home

Window Treatments

Are you looking to add a modern touch to your classic home? It’s a bit of a balancing act to achieve a contemporary look while honoring a classic design. When it comes to window treatments, the style you choose can affect the look of the whole room.

When we were decorating our home, we wanted to respect the classic architecture of the house, but we didn’t want our décor to look dated. By mixing modern elements with few traditional pieces, we were able to come up with a look that felt new but will stand the test of time. Try some of these window treatments to update your modern classic home.

Roman Shades

Roman shades are more modern than traditional curtains and provide a streamlined look. They also take up less space, allowing furniture to be placed near the windows.

Roman Shades offer an unlimited selection of colors, patterns, and materials to choose from. Opt for classics like paisley or modern geometric prints for eye-catching windows that add color and make a statement. To make your windows blend into the background, choose solid colors that match their surroundings.

To make a bold pattern work with a classic décor, pick an element you love in the room and color match the pattern to it. Or, select a solid shade with a subtle border to add a bit of color in a minimalist design.

Roller Blinds

Roller blinds have been around for decades. But gone are the days of ugly white plastic blinds. Today’s roller shades are sleek and modern. Automated roller blinds eliminate the unsightly cords for a cleaner look.

Available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, roller shades also offer different levels of light filtering. From sheer to dark to blackout, you can choose how dark or light you want the blinds to make the room.

Roller blinds are one of the least obvious window coverings. When installed within the window frame, they have a very low profile. For a minimalist look, roller blinds installed into a groove in the ceiling will completely disappear when open.


Shutters are no longer only for the outside of your house. New modern shutters installed on the inside of your windows look great from both inside and out! Shutters are a multi-function window covering. They block light and create privacy, while also allowing air flow through an open window even when the shutters are closed. With a variety of different styles that allow you to choose the right amount of light and privacy, shutters are not only attractive but versatile.

Opt for full height shutters for maximum privacy, café shutters to let in more light, or create a combination with tier-on-tier shutters. If you’re looking for full-height shutters, Allen+Roth has a good choice of window treatments for a modern classic home available at Lowe’s.

To trick the eye, try painting your shutters sky blue or bright yellow so they create the effect of a bright window even when closed.

Transitional Shades

One of my favorite looks for modern window treatments are transitional shades. They are extremely versatile and they look so good. These unique roller blinds come in a variety of colors, patterns, and styles. Whether you want a bold modern pattern or clean and classic verticals, transitional shades are available to match your décor.

Transitional shades allow you to easily control the amount of light that enters a room. Create total privacy by aligning the fabric panels, or alternate the sheer and opaque panels to let filtered light in.

Without the actual slats of traditional verticals, transitional shades don’t collect dust and are easy to care for with just a light vacuuming.

I hope you enjoyed these window treatment ideas for your modern classic home. Do you have other suggestions or examples of great window treatments that work with this style? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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About the author:

Michelle Croissant is a blogger and an entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of AllenRothHome, a blog about home design and improvements. She writes tips and tricks they learned while renovating their house in California.
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