The Right Window Treatments for the Kitchen

Get Cooking With the Right Window Treatments for Your Kitchen

If you enjoy cooking or entertaining, it’s likely that you spend quite a bit of time in your kitchen. However, the kitchen is one area of the home that can often be overlooked when it comes to extra decor.

What many people don’t realize is how much of a difference window treatments can make in a room. By taking the time to pick out the proper window treatments to fit the colors and styles of your kitchen, you can totally transform the room, even on a budget.

Adequate Lighting & Privacy

A kitchen needs plenty of light, but it also requires some privacy. It’s important to find a window treatment that strikes the right balance between the two. Options like a valance provide plenty of light, but not much privacy, while faux wood blinds allow in enough light but can be closed when privacy is desired.

Top -down, bottom-up shades are increasing in popularity, due to their ability to let in light while offering privacy. Instead of opening at the bottom part of the shade, the opening through which light enters is at the top of the window.

Many people opt to mix blinds and curtains together as they offer both light and privacy. However, some curtain fabrics may easily absorb the odors of the kitchen and need to be laundered more frequently.

Materials & Moisture Resistance

Because of the often hot and humid environments inside of a kitchen, it is important to find a material that is both resistant to moisture and easy to clean. For curtains, lightweight fabrics like lace and sheer cotton are easy to clean and also dry quickly, while letting in a lot of light. Heavier fabrics like velvet, canvas or suede hold much more moisture and are more trouble to clean. Although they block a lot of light, they aren’t well suited for kitchens.

As for blinds or shades, many suitable options are available for kitchens.

  • Faux wood blinds are a popular option, as real wood absorbs moisture and warps easily. Faux wood blinds are also available in models that easily slide out, making them that much easier to clean.
  • Cellular shades are moisture resistant and let in as much light as you want. These shades are the most common types of window treatments, often found in hotels and apartments.
  • Roman shades are very similar, but can be made from various materials and offer a degree of sophistication. Roman shades can be made from bamboo, which is water resistant. Fabric roman shades, however, can absorb moisture and odor more readily.

Blinds and shades are usually easy to clean when grease or sauce splatters. A damp cloth or brush will clear away most dust, and a small amount of scrubbing will remove stains. Fabrics can simply be thrown into a washing machine.

Choose What’s Best for Your Style

Choosing a window treatment for your kitchen isn’t difficult, but it is a good idea to know what kind of look you are going for before you start shopping. Make sure the material you choose strikes a balance between providing enough light and keeping prying eyes out of your kitchen, in addition to offering the necessary moisture resistance.

The style of the window treatments you choose and the colors should complement and enhance the overall theme of the kitchen, not overpower it. Many of blinds and shades are available in seemingly limitless colors or patterns, any of which can easily be incorporated into your personal design scheme. Done correctly, window treatments bring a room together in a way few other pieces of decor can.

1 Comment

  1. Vanessa Hale says:

    My kitchen gets pretty cold in the winter time. We have a fairly large window over the sink which lets in a ton of natural light which I enjoy while cleaning up from dinner but the window’s insulation isn’t the best. I put in a top/down bottom/up cellular shade to help with the drafty window while still getting the light. It’s been great.

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About the Author: Marta Baker

Marta Baker is a writer, designer, and an expert in window coverings,. Married to an artist, Marta learned to appreciate good design whether it was art, furniture, the written word or a beautifully appointed room. She studied journalism in college and has worked as a writer for nearly 20 years. Marta has been has been working at BlindSaver for over 5 years as a senior designer. Marta has been has been working at BlindSaver for over 5 years as a senior designer.