As one of the busier rooms in your home, the kitchen serves many functions. Preparing meals, foraging for snacks, gathering with family to talk about the day—the kitchen is a household hub. If your kitchen features one or more windows, you may be wondering what kind of window treatments make the most sense. Our Bloomin' Blinds consultants have some suggestions.
What Are the Best Window Treatments for Kitchens?
When deciding what type of window treatment will work best for your kitchen window or windows, first consider the window placement. Is it over the sink, near the stove, or above an area used primarily for food preparation? You may want to opt for something water-resistant, warp-proof, and easy to clean, like vinyl roller shades, faux wood blinds, or solar shades. If your top priority is customizable design, roman shades and woven wood shades also make excellent kitchen window treatments.
Ultimately, the best window treatment for your kitchen will depend on your specific needs and preferences. Let’s look at some of the features and benefits to five popular kitchen window treatments.
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Roman shades feature fabric panels that pleat as they’re raised, creating a soft, gathered look. They are an excellent choice if you love the look of drapery or curtains but want the functionality of shades. Roman shades are available in a wide range of fabrics, from heavy, rich-looking textiles to breezy fabric that delivers semi-sheer coverage. Roman shades can be an especially fun way to add a pop of personality or color to an otherwise neutral kitchen.
Be aware, though, that it may not be as easy to clean roman shades as other options on this list. This is especially relevant if you’re planning to install them near the stove or over the sink where grease or other stains are likely.
If your kitchen window receives lots of direct sunlight, solar shades may be an ideal option. This specific type of roller shade is constructed from a woven, screen-like mesh designed to filter out harsh UV rays and keep your home cooler while preserving your view. Solar shades come in varying degrees of “openness,” which indicate the percentage of UV rays that can pass through—for example, 7 percent openness means that 93 percent of UVA and UVB rays are blocked. White or light-colored solar shades provide slightly more energy efficiency and may coordinate better with kitchen décor; however, dark-colored solar shades are better at reducing glare and are often easier on the eyes.
Solar shades offer plenty of privacy when the sun is out, but they become virtually transparent after dark when the lights come on inside. If privacy is a concern—for instance, if your kitchen faces the street or your neighbor’s house—you may want to add curtains for nighttime or choose a different option.
Woven Wood Shades
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Add visual interest and texture with woven wood shades. These shades are constructed from natural materials like grass, bamboo, and reeds, making them exceptionally durable against sunlight. The natural fibers create a nice contrast with the stainless steel and other metals found in kitchen appliances. Use them alone for unique light-filtering effects or add a room-darkening liner to them for extra light control and privacy. Like roman shades, woven wood shades are a bit more difficult to clean than other options, so keep that in mind when choosing kitchen window treatments.
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Roller shades have an unfair reputation as boring, when they are actually a sleek, budget-friendly choice with clean lines and a range of customization options. Vinyl roller shades are well-suited to the kitchen thanks to their easy care and upkeep, but roller shades also come in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and textiles ranging from sheer or semi-sheer to fully opaque and everything in between. Opt for a roller shade that operates using a spring mechanism to eliminate dangling cords that could pose a danger in the kitchen.
Faux Wood Blinds
Easy-to-clean faux wood blinds add the classic, polished look of real wood without the expense or delicate nature. Faux wood blinds are very durable, since they are moisture-resistant and heat-resistant. This makes them ideal for the kitchen, where they can be exposed to steam, splatters, or spills without sustaining permanent damage—just wipe them down with a damp microfiber cloth.
Choose Bloomin' Blinds for Kitchen Window Treatments
Ready to get started designing the kitchen window treatments of your dreams? Bloomin' Blinds offers free, no-obligation consultations—either virtually or in your home—to guide you through the selection process, provide suggestions or advice when you want it, and facilitate ordering and professional installation. Get in touch today!
About the Author: Karen McGuffin, Bloomin’ Blinds
Karen is the original founder of Bloomin’ Blinds. She has nearly 30 years of experience in the window treatment industry and is an expert in window covering sales, installations, and repair. In her free time, Karen enjoys traveling, volunteering at the local food bank, being an active in the chamber of commerce, and “cruising” through her neighborhood in her little blue and white polka-dotted golf cart she calls a buggy.