How to Achieve Modern Design with Roller Shades

Natasha Ero | 23 Aug 2022 | Home Tours

There are a number of trending interior design styles at the moment. Modern, Scandinavian, mid-century modern, traditional, and minimalist only begin to scratch the surface. One interior design style we're seeing stand the test of time is modern.

As tech continues to play a larger role in our lives, the demand for smart home innovation is rapidly increasing. A smart home incorporates internet-enabled appliances, and smart technology, in everyday household appliances and devices, including window coverings. Learn how to master the modern, minimal look with motorized roller shades.

Meet Annie Mescall

Annie Mescall is a fashion and lifestyle blogger. You may have seen her reels modeling petite outfits or sharing her outdoor kitchen must-haves pop up on your explore page.

Annie Mescall outside in a pale blue dress.

Photo via @anniemescall.

As a wife and mother of 3, who's juggling being a content creator, spending time with her family, and building her dream home, Annie has a lot on her plate. She needed a window shade that was functional, but also fit her "transitional" design style.

"I gravitate towards decor pieces that are the latest trends and sleek, and Tommy [her husband] loves things that are a bit more loved like antiques. I have a love for modern decorations, but when it comes to my home and family, there needs to be some warm and southern touches."

Annie and her family currently reside in Houston, Texas.

Annie Mescall's primary bedroom with Classic Light Filtering Roller Shades on the windows

Pictured: Classic Light Filtering Roller Shades in Carleen Calla Lilly. Photo via @anniemescall.

Annie with her husband Thomas and children Liam, Easton, and Chloe

Photo via @anniemescall.

Smart, Subtle, Chic Roller Shades

We had the pleasure of working with Annie last year to help her find window shades for her primary bedroom and bathroom. She wanted a shade that let in plenty of natural light while still maintaining her privacy. Annie also wanted to incorporate "as many smart home features as possible" in her home.

The beauty of custom window shades is you can choose every feature of the shade from the material, the opacity, to the type of lift control. With the help of our design consultants, she ultimately landed on Classic Light Filtering Roller Shades in Carleen Calla Lilly with an inside mount and motorized lift.

"I had a lot of assistance with choosing the right shade of white. There are tons of different options, so I do appreciate that I was able to get a lot of help to find the perfect shade."

"The experience overall was easy, and the timing was really great as well. The [shades make the] biggest difference in a room, and we also get privacy. We knew we wanted light filtering, so they gave us the perfect colors for this."

Motorized Classic light filtering roller shades in Annie's primary bedroom

White light filtering roller shades in Annie's primary bathroom

Pictured: Classic Light Filtering Roller Shades in Carleen Calla Lilly.

Make it Modern with Motorized Shades

A simple way to upgrade roller shades for windows is by adding motorized lift control. Not only do motorized shades add a modern touch to any space, but they're also a much safer option for homes with pets and small children.

If you're wondering if roller shades are still in style, the answer is yes, they definitely are. Roller shade's sleek design pairs well with modern, contemporary decor. Plus, offers a huge selection of fabrics and colors, so you can find the right window shade that fits your style.

A corner of Annie's bedroom with a faux leather chair in front of the window

Pictured: Classic Light Filtering Roller Shades in Carleen Calla Lilly.

Brighten Things Up with Light Filtering Shades

Annie's goal was to make her bedroom feel light and cozy, including her window shades. She has gorgeous bow windows in her bedroom that serve as a focal point for the room. Adding light-filtering motorized roller shades really added to the wow factor Annie was going for.

Light filtering shades let the most natural light into a room. When the window shades are down, they give the room a soft, gentle glow. Layering warm, neutral-toned throw blankets on the bed also makes the space feel more inviting and cozy.

Bay windows with motorized light filtering roller shades in Annie's primary bedroom

Pictured: Classic Light Filtering Roller Shades in Carleen Calla Lilly.

Shop this Look!

If you're a fan of modern design and looking to replicate Annie's bedroom look, she chose Classic Light Filtering Roller Shades in Carleen Calla Lilly. If you have specific questions about motorized lift control or roller shades, our design consultants can help you find the perfect custom window shade for your space at 800-505-1905. You can also visit these pages for assistance on how to install or how to measure roller shades.

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  • About Author

    Natasha Ero is a Social Media Marketer for She is a native Houstonian and proud graduate of the University of Houston and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. In her free time, she enjoys trying out the latest workout classes and the newest restaurants in town. Follow her on Twitter + Instagram at @nicetrynatasha.