Everything has a purpose in contemporary design. From furniture to decor, contemporary homes make every item purposeful. This extends to windows and doors as well. Windows and doors have specific functions in homes: privacy, protection, light, air. So, in a way, windows and doors are already very contemporary. But with contemporary form following function, there is an emphasis on strong lines and twists on the old standard. Here are some window and door form-follows-function contemporary ideas for your home or project.
Barn doors with a contemporary twist
Barn doors have typically been found in homes that represent aesthetics that wouldn’t be considered contemporary. Reclaimed wood or antique doors have been repurposed with hardware to create a functional piece with charm. Imagine being able to use a more modern door as a barn door.
Barn door hardware solutions now offer the ability to turn most any standard 6ʹ 8ʺ door into a modern door. To pull off a contemporary look, choose a door with clean lines. Stick with either horizontal or vertical panels, not both, so there’s not too much competition. Use a neutral shade for the door, preferably white, black or gray. Then install with hardware that best blends with the color choice. Use nickel for black or gray. Use black for white or gray.
Windows that work
Windows are the “eyes” of any home or building. But they aren’t meant to stay closed. The contemporary design principle form-follows-function is illustrated by having windows that easily open. But how should they open? What makes sense for the aesthetic of the space?
Casement and awning windows are a great way to add clean views to your space while also functioning to open to let air in. Casement and awning windows come in a variety of sizes and configurations to perfectly match your home.
Push out casement windows are even easier to use. They don’t require a crank to open the window but rather “push out” by unlatching the lock.
Learn more about form-follows-function and five other contemporary design ideas in our e-book, “Six Ways to Incorporate Contemporary Design into Your Home.”