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What’s the Best Window Treatment for the Kitchen?

"Whether you need more privacy, want light control or just want to enhance the look of your work space, window treatments are a pretty and practical addition to your kitchen."


They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where we cook our meals. For some of us, it’s where we sit down and enjoy those meals with family and friends. And no matter where a party starts, there always seems to be that one group huddled in the kitchen talking. Perhaps more than any other room in the home, the kitchen serves multiple purposes – kitchen, dining room, and living room. So, it is important to consider this when it comes to interior design. Take your window treatments, for example. Whichever blinds, shades, or shutters you choose not only have to look good, but they also have to be functional and capable of withstanding the harsh environment of the kitchen.

"Whether you need more privacy, want light control or just want to enhance the look of your work space, window treatments are a pretty and practical addition to your kitchen."
— Amanda Lecky, HGTV blogger

Finding the Best Window Treatments for the Kitchen

“More public living spaces, like living rooms and kitchens, are ideal for allowing filtered daylight to penetrate,” writes Karen Egly-Thompson, Houzz contributor and former interior designer. You see, natural light “benefits our alertness, mood, productivity, sleep patterns, and many aspects of our physiology,” says Dr. Victoria Revell, a chronobiologist at the University of Surrey. However, natural light also serves a much simpler purpose in the kitchen – illumination.

Light Control and Privacy

“Whether you are fortunate to have a large sprawling kitchen that has plenty of options for lighting, or your kitchen seems too dark to feel comfortable, you may want to consider letting in some natural light,” writes Ronique Gibson of Decoist, a web magazine that brings you the daily bits of architecture, furniture and interior design.

Our Recommendation: Honeycomb shades are always a good choice. Both aesthetically pleasing and incredibly energy efficient, top down/bottom up (duofold) honeycomb shades are a great way to balance natural light and privacy.

“For the ultimate in flexibility, consider shades that can be raised and lowered from the top or bottom as needed,” recommends Lecky.

Another excellent option for kitchens are solar shades, which “filter light without blocking the view” and “come in a variety of colors and degrees of opacity,” writes Egly-Thompson.  For example, our Next Day Blinds 5% solar shades block 95% of visible light while still allowing you and your guests to enjoy the view outside.

Low Maintenance

When it comes to the kitchen, messes are unavoidable. Not even your window treatments are immune. “Being such a high traffic area, it’s important to have quality window treatments in the kitchen…that will add style while simultaneously withstanding all of the messes,” writes Katie Christopher, Houzz contributor.

Our Recommendation: Go vinyl! One of the best materials for the kitchen is vinyl. This is why we recommend vinyl shutters or for those kitchens that see their fair share of wear and tear – spills, splatters, and more.

"Some people don’t like to wash drapes or dust blinds. Who can blame them? Shutters are definitely easier to clean and can be very effective to protect your family’s privacy. "
— Anabelle Bernard Fournier, BuildDirect

“Some people don’t like to wash drapes or dust blinds. Who can blame them? Shutters are definitely easier to clean and can be very effective to protect your family’s privacy,” writes BuildDirect’s Anabelle Bernard Fournier.

Plus, “using shutters is a low-maintenance alternative to drapery that still controls light levels and views,” adds interior designer Karen Sealy.

Another great option for messy kitchens is faux wood blinds. Made from 100 percent vinyl, these window treatments are made to stand up to the harshest environments.

Durable

The kitchen is home to not only home spills, but also heat, and humidity – two factors that make this a harsh environment for most window treatments. “The kitchen is the hardest-working room in your home,” says HGTV blogger Lauren West, “so you’ll need durable kitchen window treatments and window coverings that can stand up to potential heat and moisture while still giving you the style and functionality you need.”

Our Recommendation: Again, you can’t go wrong with vinyl. Faux wood blinds, for example, provide the “elegant look of real wood with more durability,” says Christopher. Plus, “[faux wood] can be substantially less expensive [than real wood], and it’s not as susceptible to moisture issues, which makes it a great choice for bathrooms, kitchens and clammy climates,” adds Becky Dietrich, Houzz contributor.

Again, vinyl shutters are also an excellent option.