The kitchen, as the center of family mealtimes, after-school snacks and weekend entertaining, is one of the most highly trafficked rooms in the home. Which is why window treatments should be just as much of a consideration in this room as in any other. Not only do they add color, pattern and texture to this hard-working, yet social, space, but they also provide privacy when you desire it as well as natural light control.
While window treatments can make any kitchen more inviting, one of the key considerations to take into account is where your windows are located—and then base the type of window treatment you select on that.
Windows in Work Areas
If your windows are near the sink, stove or other food-prep areas where window treatments may come into contact with water, steam or grease splatters, you might consider faux wood blinds or vinyl shutters because they're very durable and easy to clean with a damp cloth.
You can find faux (alternative) wood shutters that are guaranteed against fading, yellow, warping or bowing, making them perfect for the humid conditions that often arise when cooking. They’re available in a wide variety of colors and finishes, as well as with decorative tapes.
You can also find vinyl (composite) shutters made with a UV-resistant compound, which are guaranteed never to warp, crack, fade, chip, peel or discolor, even in extreme heat or moisture. And while your guests might mistake them for finely painted shutters, they're much more resilient to stains than genuine hardwood.
Windows Outside of Work Areas
If your kitchen windows are outside of key work areas, such as in a breakfast nook, you might consider Roman, woven wood or cellular shades.
A classy and elegant alternative to traditional roller shades, Roman shades combine the gentle aesthetic of a drapery with a clean, crisp appearance. This style of shade is a great way to add dimension to a kitchen, a pop of color to neutral palettes, or to soften the look of stainless steel.
If natural textures appeal to you, woven wood shades are the ticket. Made from bamboo, grasses, reeds and jute, woven wood shades bring a touch of the outdoors in. For enhanced privacy, add a liner to the shades; a liner not only increases privacy and helps control natural light, but can beautifully contrast with the shade’s fibers, highlighting its texture.
Cellular shades are also a good window treatment option for windows that aren’t close to the stovetop or sink. Their unique cellular design adds a layer of insulation at the window, making them the most energy-efficient window treatment available. Plus, cellular shades beautifully diffuse natural light, creating an inviting ambiance throughout the day.