With regards to looks and usability, the best window treatments for your kitchen 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
It needs to be waterproof. Steam from boiling pots of water, splashes from the sink, or spilled beverages can destroy the appeal of most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are 100% moisture-proof, and coated with a protective finish to prevent damage.
It needs to 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 make them good as new.
It needs to be easy to use. Want to open your window in a hurry to let smoke or steam out? Trying to sit that pie fresh from the oven 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 amazing 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 keep in mind that certain blind cords might rot or shrivel after constant exposure to moisture, so ask your window treatment provider about the cord material.
Faux wood blinds are also perfect for 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 complementary as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can easily match 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 are easy to stain, making them unsuited for a busy kitchen. The humidity 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 off-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.
Which window treatment do I need if my kitchen window uses a lever to open?
If your kitchen windows open via lever, 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 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, shutters, or blinds, should almost always be one of the last parts of a remodel. However, it may be beneficial to involve your shutter vendor early in your redesign 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 276-685-5343 or use the form below.
And for window treatment recommendations for the rest of your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.