The best window coverings for your kitchen
“The kitchen really is the castle itself. This is where we spend our happiest moments and where we find the joy of being a family.” – Mario Batali.
Your kitchen is not just any other area in your home. It is a place where you spend time preparing meals, entertaining family and friends and savoring those happy moments when the chef in you comes alive. It is also a place that is subject to humid conditions due to variations in temperature, accumulation of moisture, grease, and grime that cause damage to kitchen furnishings, in addition to regular wear and tear. Children with their sticky hands are impelled to the kitchen more than any other place in your home. It could be because they love the food you make or just because they love you! Either way, they do leave their imprints around your kitchen every so often. And, of course, you need to pay special attention to kitchen maintenance.
Apart from the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry rooms and basements are the other areas of your home that are exposed to humidity and temperature variations that demand extra attention from you when window treatments are considered.
Appealing Looks for Your Kitchen Windows.
You can give your creativity wings when it comes to decorating your kitchen windows since there are no specific rules or standards to follow for your kitchen window furnishings. Your kitchen window decoration can vary from plain blinds serving a practical purpose, to customized shades or drapery to lend a unique aesthetic value. You can easily create a style signature for your windows reflecting your individuality through your kitchen decor.
Whatever the size, windows do make an enormous difference to the way your kitchen appears. With all those cabinets, storage places, stoves and other kitchen accessories already fighting for their places, your windows will face tough competition for space as well as attention they get.
The safest way is to let your window treatment blend in with the decor of your kitchen, rather than making them stand out with contrasting colors. No matter how organized your kitchen is, it acquires a cluttered look with just a little extra add-on thrown in. We don’t want our window furnishings adding to clutter.
Nothing is uglier than stained and spotted window decorations, especially in fabrics or materials of lighter colored shades. Greasy hand prints, dust, and stains can give an uncared for look to your window blinds/shades. Adding to your woes are stains caused by fungus, mildew and bacteria that thrive in humid, warm conditions like the one in your kitchen. Keeping in the mind all the challenges you face in keeping your kitchen window treatments clean, it would prove wise to choose materials that are easy to clean and maintain.
If your kitchen window is located closer to sink, make sure your window treatments are water resistant. Find fabrics that do not absorb odors emanating from cooked food, which eventually becomes quite unpleasant.
Faux Wood Blinds.
Faux wood blinds give you the advantage of stylish elegance of natural wood, but do not bear the brunt of humidity, heat or moisture like natural wood would. With faux wood blinds, you get the best of both worlds.
Keeping your home needs in mind, Norman, a renowned window treatment establishment, has brought out 2-Inch Faux Wood Blinds that not only functions efficiently but also gives your kitchen contemporary window coverings decor. Though made of high-quality PVC, they appear posh, like real wood, giving it an expensive and classy feel. The moisture-resistant feature of these blinds prevents warping of the vanes that causes cracks in natural wood under humid conditions. You have the clean and elegant appearance of natural wood on your kitchen window, and at the same time, you do not have to worry about their durability or price.
Remember the cat sneaking up your kitchen window, leaving behind ugly scratches on your expensive wooden blinds? With Norman Faux Wood Blinds that are scratch resistant, you can let your cat go on her adventure without worrying about scuff marks on your blinds.
Their visual appeal is unmatchable since they get the best of finishes, which include birch, walnut, driftwood, teak and many more popular choices.
Aluminum Window Blinds.
Aluminum Blinds are easy on the wallet, yet provide excellent control of light and privacy for your kitchen. The aluminum slats are infinitely durable and can withstand the humidity of your kitchen environment. Innovative technology has endowed them with a spring action that prevents dents and bends due to pressure on the slats. The 1-Inch Aluminum Blinds SS QuickPick available on Zebrablinds are also stain and scratch resistant. They are covered with anti-static paint to prevent dust accumulation, with a neat, color co-ordinated head and bottom rail to give your kitchen a clean and uncluttered appearance. If you want more, just a valance to give them added sophistication.
1 inch Graber Aluminum Insignia Blinds are the perfect choice for kitchen since they are easy to clean, do not succumb to mold in damp conditions, and are fire retardant – essential qualities for kitchen window blinds. The major attraction is their broad spectrum of colors, which can blend in easily with any kitchen decor. Moreover, you do not have to bother about the safety of your children and pets, as the cordless system of these blinds does not pose choking, or strangulation hazards.