Modern Kitchen Window Treatments for Detroit Homes10/08/2015Steve Hill When it comes to looks and usability, your best bet for window treatments for your kitchen are faux wood shutters or faux wood blinds. Why are those two the best options? Faux wood shutters and blinds are the window treatments that can best stand up to the messes and humidity of the kitchen, in addition to giving you privacy and fantastic looks. See how faux wood blinds and shutters stand up to the heat, and stay in the kitchen in Detroit homes. Faux Wood Shutters – A Kitchen Window’s Best Friend For all those things you need from a window treatment, Detroit’s best faux wood shutters offer. Think about what you need from any kitchen furnishing: It should be waterproof. Steam coming off the stove, splashes from the sink, or spilled beverages can spell disaster most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are 100% moisture-proof, in addition to their protective coating and finish. It should be easily cleaned. Face it – kitchens get messy. So when that spoonful of soup flies onto your shutter, all it takes is a wipe with a slightly wet cloth to get them back to their original shine. It should be easy to operate. Want to open up the window in a hurry to let steam from dinner escape? Want to set that fresh apple pie on the window sill to cool? Shutters are some of the easiest window treatments to operate, and still let you have full use of your window. The vast majority of window treatments don’t offer any of those benefits, let alone all of them. Fabric window treatments like drapes are easy to stain, any real wood window treatment won’t handle the moisture in a humid room like the kitchen, and mini blinds can be a pain to open or shut in a pinch. Not to mention the fact that plantation shutters look incredible in the kitchen. With marble, hardwood and limestone countertops at the height of popularity in Detroit, faux wood 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 a kitchen window’s perfect match. Faux Wood Blinds – Classic Window Treatment For Contemporary Detroit Kitchens Polywood shutters are our top recommendation for Detroit kitchens, but it’s not the only window treatment that work in the kitchen. In Detroit, faux wood blinds are our runner-up for best window treatment for the kitchen. Faux wood is typically water resistant, so they’re already halfway there. Faux wood blinds are also stain-proof, so, a wet cloth will get them looking pristine again after a mess. Bear in mind that more blind slats will mean more surface area to clean compared to shutters. Also bear in mind that certain blind cords could mildew or shrivel after a long period of exposure to humidity, so be sure to ask about the cord material. Faux wood blinds are great on windows near the sink. In some Detroit 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 absolutely stunning. They might not be as universal as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can complement other natural materials like a marble counter or hardwood cabinetry 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? The majority of fabric window treatments like draperies or shades tend to stain easily, so they’re impractical for a busy kitchen. The humidity in a kitchen might also result in mildewing. Do you recommend a certain color for my kitchen shutters or blinds? For the kitchen, we recommend a neutral color. A solid white or near-white is an awesome options, since they’ll complement any new countertops or appliances you install in the future. Blacks, grays and earthtones also work well. Which window treatment should I get if my kitchen window uses a lever to open? If your kitchen windows open via lever, shutters will still work! Shutter panel cut-outs are easily made, and give you full access to your window. Which kitchen window treatments are fire-resistant? Polywood plantation shutters are fire-resistant, and won’t show discoloring even from longterm exposure to heat, either from the sun or from the stovetop. If I’m remodeling my kitchen, when should I put in new window treatments? Your window treatments, whether they’re shutters, shades or blinds, should almost always be one of the last parts of a remodel. However, it may be beneficial to involve your shutter installer 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 what we recommend for most Detroit kitchens, but your kitchen might be different. If you want some personal attention for your windows, set up an in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window experts. Call us at 248-429-9294 or use the form below. And for window treatment picks for the other rooms in your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.