With regards 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 shutters and blinds stand up to the heat, and stay in the kitchen in Detroit homes.
Faux Wood Shutters – A Kitchen Window’s Best Friend
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 totally moisture-proof, in addition to their protective coating and finish.
It should be easily cleaned. Let’s be real – kitchens get messy. So when that tomato sauce 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. Need to open up the window in a hurry to let steam from dinner escape? Want to sit that pie fresh from the oven 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 last long in a humid room like the kitchen, and aluminum 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 beautiful 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 usually 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 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 could mildew or shrivel after constant exposure to humidity, so be sure to ask about the cord material.
Faux wood blinds are also perfect for 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, making them impractical for a busy kitchen. The moisture 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 choice, 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.
Are any of these kitchen window treatments fire-resistant?
Polywood plantation shutters are fire-resistant, and won’t show discoloring even from longterm exposure to heat, whether 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 be one of the last things you do 90% of the time. However, there’s a benefit to involving 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 what we recommend for most Detroit kitchens, but your kitchen might be different. If you want some personal attention for your windows, schedule 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 tips for the rest of your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.