Modern Kitchen Window Treatments for Kingsport Homes10/08/2015Jacob Hayes When it comes to looks and usability, your best bet for kitchen window treatments are faux wood shutters or faux wood blinds. What makes them the best options? Faux wood blinds and shutters are the window treatments that can best stand up to the messes and wetness of the kitchen, in addition to giving you privacy and fantastic looks. See how faux wood blinds and shutters can stand the heat, and stay in the kitchen in Kingsport homes. Faux Wood Shutters – Your Kitchen Windows’ Best Friend Just about anything you could want out of a window treatment for your kitchen, Kingsport’s best faux wood shutters offer. Think about what you need out of any kitchen furnishing: It needs to be moisture-proof. Steam from boiling pots of water, splashes from the sink, or spilled beverages can spell disaster most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are 100% moisture-proof, and coated with a protective finish to prevent damage. It should be easily cleaned. It’s a fact – kitchens get dirty. So when that spoonful of soup flies toward your window and onto your shutters, all you’ll need is a wipe with a damp cloth to get them back to their original shine. It needs to be easy to use. Want to open your window in a hurry to let out steam or smoke? Want to set that fresh apple pie on the window sill to cool? Shutters are simple to operate, and give you full access to your window. Most other window treatments can’t do any of those, let alone all of them. Shades or drapes are easy to stain, any real wood window treatment can mildew in a humid room like the kitchen, and metal blinds can be a hassle to operate in a pinch. Oh, and did we mention that plantation shutters look fantastic in the kitchen? With marble, natural wood and limestone countertops at the height of popularity in Kingsport, plantation shutters give your kitchen a look that’s as gorgeous as anything you’ll see in a designer boutique. That’s why Polywood® plantation shutters are your kitchen windows’ perfect match. Faux Wood Blinds – Classic Window Treatment For Modern Kingsport Kitchens Plantation shutters are our #1 recommendation for Kingsport kitchens, but they aren’t the only thing that work in the kitchen. In Kingsport, faux wood blinds are our second pick for best kitchen window covering. Faux wood is typically going to be water resistant, so we’re headed in the right direction. Faux wood blinds also won’t stain, so, a wet cloth will get them looking pristine again after a mess. Keep in mind that blinds are a little more work to clean than shutters due to the size and number of slats. Also bear in mind that certain blind cords can rot or shrivel after a long period of exposure to moisture, so ask your window treatment provider about the cord material. Faux wood blinds are great on windows right by the sink. In some Kingsport kitchens, an appliance or extensive cabinetry might block shutters from opening. With blinds, a pull of the cord will open up your view. And their looks are classic. They might not be as universal as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can pair with other natural materials like a limestone countertop or hardwood cabinets and trim. Frequently Asked Questions about Kitchen Window Treatments Why don’t you recommend fabric window treatments like drapes or shades for my kitchen windows? Most fabric window treatments such as shades and drapes can easily get stained, making them unsuited for a busy kitchen. The moisture in your kitchen may result in some funky smells seeping into the fabric. What’s the best color for my kitchen shutters or blinds? In a kitchen, it’s hard to go wrong with a neutral hue. A solid white or near-white is an awesome choice, because they’ll complement any modern appliances or countertops you install in the future. Blacks, grays and earthtones also work well. What window treatment do I need if my kitchen window uses a crank to open? If your kitchen windows use a crank, you can still put in shutters. Shutter panel cut-outs are easily made, and give you full access to your window. Are there any kitchen window treatments that are fire-resistant? Polywood plantation shutters are fire-resistant, and will never show discoloring even from longterm heat exposure, whether from the sun or from the stovetop. During a kitchen remodel, when should I install new window treatments? Your window treatments, no matter if they’re shades, blinds, or shutters, should be one of the last things you do 90% of the time. However, it might be beneficial to involve your shutter vendor early in your project to coordinate timelines, and better match styles and colors. Get The Kitchen of Your Dreams With Better Window Treatments Faux wood shutters and faux wood blinds are our top picks for most Kingsport kitchens, but each kitchen is unique. If you want some personal attention for your windows, schedule an in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window treatment pros. Call us at 276-378-7422 or use the form below. And for window treatment recommendations for the rest of your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.