Selecting Your Custom Kitchen Window Treatments

Window Covering Ideas: Choosing the Best Window Coverings for your Kitchen

Long-term satisfaction with kitchen window treatments begins with understanding the requirements placed on them by a kitchen in general, combined with the specifics of your space. Whether you are designing a new kitchen or remodeling your old one, you should consider the durability and maintenance of the materials, as well as their color and style, in relation to the overall decor.

Keep in mind that you can have beautifully painted walls, great flooring, tastefully selected appliances and cabinets, but if the kitchen window treatments don't go with the rest of the decor, the overall "feel" of the kitchen will not be what you had in mind. Or, you can select window treatments that match beautifully, but are not of the right material to hold up to sometimes hot and humid conditions in the kitchen, and that great look you started with fades (literally), years before its time.

Choosing Kitchen Window Treatments: Factors to Consider

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Selecting the right kitchen window treatments involves evaluating many factors. While primary functional window covering issues are privacy and light control, other factors include budget, safety and window orientation. Take the time to thoroughly evaluate your kitchen window treatment needs, then compare them to the growing number of options available online today.

Kitchen Window Orientation

If your kitchen experiences direct sunlight, roman shades or insulated cellular shades may be of interest due to darkening or sun-blocking and insulating factors. Taking into consideration the room's orientation can result in significant savings in your cooling bill. Filtering, blocking, and otherwise reducing the effect of strong direct sunlight should also extend the life of your furniture, carpet, and other fabrics.

Where is the window located? If it's far from the stove or the sink, closer to the dining area, for instance, you are less limited in choices. But if the window is close to a stove or sink, consider a window covering resistant to heat and humidity. If the window deep enough, you should better install inside mount blinds or shades. It will give a neatly look and will be more safety for the window closest to a stove.

Window shades and horizontal window blinds are more convenient as kitchen window treatment then draperies, because they usually can be moved by pulling them up or down, and not to sides of the window, like draperies, where they may interfere with kitchen items and appliances.

Light Control & Privacy Considerations

A kitchen window usually differs in light control and privacy needs from other rooms in the house. This room is usually thought of as a warm place where family and friends like to gather in an environment that invites the sunlight. So, choosing kitchen window treatments that allow the sunlight in and offers the privacy you require during the evening is important.

When choosing the color for your kitchen window treatments, remember that dark colors absorb a large amount of light, while light colors reflect the sunlight. This can be an important point for you to consider, especially for the kitchen that is small, or that doesn't have enough light in it.

Most kitchen window treatments fall into one of five categories for controlling light exposure:

  • Transparent - Clear, without obstruction
  • Translucent - Diffused light, preventing perception of distinct images
  • Filtered - Muted light in bright conditions
  • Semi-Opaque - Surfaces impenetrable by light, yet allows some light through gaps
  • Opaque (or Black-Out) - Blocks all light

Measure Your Coverage Area

You can't know what kitchen window covering options you have without knowing what sizes you need to order. The size of the area covered, whether inside or outside mount, will limit the availability of shades and blinds types made to those size ranges. Once you have this information, you are ready to start making choices.

Inside Mount
  • Mounted within the window frame
  • Provides a clean, built-in look
  • Great way to leave attractive woodwork exposed
Outside Mount
  • Great option when there is not enough depth for an inside mount
  • Mounted to the wall, ceiling or molding surface surrounding the window
  • Often used to make the window appear larger or to hide a less attractive window or door

Blindster offers illustrated instructions for measuring each type of kitchen window treatment.

Kitchen Window Covering Ideas Budget: Match "Want" with "Wallet"

Window coverings vary considerably, so it's important that you have a plan and a budget to make sure you can achieve your overall window decorating goals. Keep in mind that you are buying household items that should last for years. Consider how long you think you will be living in your present home and other factors that would influence how much you wish to "invest" in the new look of your kitchen window treatments.

Kitchen Window Covering Ideas Safety: Think about your kids & pets

All Blindster window treatments conform with CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) standards. Many of our kitchen window treatments feature lift cords to raise or lower them, all conforming with these standards. It is very important to consider child safe kitchen window treatments when children or pets are present in a home, so be sure that any shades or blinds meet these CPSC standards. If you wish to eliminate cords altogether (even on treatments meeting the CSPC standards) many popular Blindster window treatments offer cordless options. For much more information about window covering safety, see Child Safe Blinds & Shades.

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Comparing Window Treatment Features

There's a lot to know about kitchen window treatments, but you don't have to know everything about each type in order to eliminate some styles from consideration. Compare the advantages and disadvantages (presented below) of popular window blinds and shades to assist in this initial evaluation. This will let you spend more time focused on the types better suited to your specific needs.

Among the most practical choices among kitchen window blinds are vinyl and aluminum mini blinds. They offer moisture resistance and are easy to clean.

If you like a look of wooden blinds, consider their "kitchen friendly" alternative ??? faux wood blinds, which are more practical there. You can choose from wide variety of colors and styles and can find really realistic looking examples.

Vertical blinds can be a practical kitchen window treatment if you have wide window or sliding door in your kitchen.

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Premium Light Filtering Single Cellular ShadesFaux Wood Blinds (click to zoom)

Faux Wood blinds for Kitchens

  • Cost: Made from synthetic materials so they are less expensive than real wood blinds.
  • More durable. Faux wood blinds are perfect for rooms with moisture in the form of water vapor or steam.
  • Easy to clean. Because faux wood blinds can get wet they are easy to wipe down with a wet cloth.
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Real Wood blinds for Kitchens

  • Look and feel like real wood. Stains showcase the wood grain texture in the blinds.
  • Larger selection of colors and stains
  • Lighter than faux wood blinds. This is important for larger window blinds. Lighter blinds are easier to raise and last longer.
  • Although they have a protective finish, they do not do well in wet areas and will warp, crack or mildew, so if the kitchen window is near a water source you may want to consider faux wood blinds or aluminum mini blinds.
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1" Privacy Aluminum BlindsAluminum Mini blinds (click to zoom)

Aluminum Mini Blinds

  • Aluminum mini blinds are naturally resistance to moisture, so are ideal for kitchens.
  • Very inexpensive.
  • Lightweight.
  • Large color selection.
  • Poor insulators.
  • Aluminum slats can bend.
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Smooth PVC Vertical BlindsVertical Blinds (click to zoom)

Vertical Blinds

  • If you choose a moisture resistant material (PVC vinyl) these blinds can work well in a kitchen.
  • Perfect for large hard to cover windows and sliding doors.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Economical.
  • Contemporary look that may not suit all room styles.
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Deluxe Vinyl Roller ShadesRoller Shades (click to zoom)

Roller Shades for Kitchen

  • Take very little window space. Small stack height when raised to allow unobstructed view.
  • Wide color selection.
  • Best suited for modern or contemporary style rooms or for homeowners looking for simple, low profile Kitchen Window Treatments.
  • Ideal for windows that cannot accommodate traditional drapes or shades (smaller spaces).
  • They can be wiped with a damp cloth to maintain their quality.
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Super Value Cordless Single Cellular ShadesCellular Shades (click to zoom)

Honeycomb Cellular Shades

  • If your kitchen has good ventilation or the window is away from a water source, a non-cotton fabric treatment can provide a bright splash of color and soften the decor.
  • Individual cells trap air for excellent insulation. Considered best choice for energy saving window treatments.
  • Small stack height when raised to allow unobstructed view.
  • Large color selection.
  • Contemporary look that may not suit all room styles.
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Pleated ShadesPleated Shades (click to zoom)

Pleated Shades

  • If your kitchen has good ventilation or the window is away from a water source, a non-cotton fabric treatment can provide a bright splash of color and soften the decor.
  • Combine the elegance and appeal of cellulars at lower cost.
  • Pleated shades are perfect when looking for a single-layer shade with more definition and texture than a roller shade but without the slats of horizontal blinds.
  • Unique structure and versatility allows multiple control options.
  • While pleated shades do not have the same energy efficient properties as cellular shades, they still offer multiple options in light and privacy control.
  • Lighter colors and textures of sheer and semi-private pleated shades allow some features to be visible from the outdoors.
  • Pleated shades come in a variety of weaves and colors that help block light and provide dark accents to rooms.
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Premium Bamboo Woven Wood Shades Group ABamboo & Woven Wood Shades (click to zoom)

Bamboo / Woven Wood Shades

  • Bamboo shades may be great if you have contemporary or oriental interior style, but, like wood blinds, they are not very practical for kitchen windows located close to a stove or to a sink.
  • When you're redesigning a kitchen, bamboo probably isn't the first material that comes to mind. However, bamboo is extremely durable and resistant to bacteria, making it perfect for use in a kitchen.
  • Woven shades, made of matchstick slats, rattan or bamboo, add a natural touch to your kitchen.
  • Relatively good at controlling the amount of sunlight that a room receives, especially when combined with privacy liner.
  • Top down bottom up option.
  • Ideal for a vintage, tropical, country, rustic or rugged look.
  • They're available in a range of shades from dark to light browns.
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Premium Solar Shades 3% OpenSolar Shades (click to zoom)

Solar Shades

  • If selecting solar shades for the kitchen where the window faces a neighboring home or a street, consider installing drapes or a privacy curtain in addition to your shade. That way, when the sun sets, you can still maximize your privacy while still enjoying the benefits of solar shades during the day.
  • Tremendous energy savings because energy costs will be greatly reduced.
  • Keep your eyes and body protected from the sun's strong and dangerous UV rays.
  • Protects furnishings and flooring, reducing the risk of fading, discoloration and burning.
  • Enjoy outdoor views while keeping excessive heat and sunlight out.
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Premium Roman Shades Group BRoman Shades (click to zoom)

Roman Shades for Kitchens

  • Roman shades combine the covering and decorating effect of drapery fabric with the operating ease of window blinds.
  • Fabric shade material retains an elegance similar to the effect of the curtains, but offers a cleaner, more polished and controlled look to the room's decor.
  • Lined, cloth Roman shades are best for light-blocking and privacy, while unlined shades usually only filter light.
  • Roman shades offer design versatility because of the variety of fabric colors and patterns.
  • Roman shades are ideal for small spaces that you wish to decorate with drapery-type fabric because they take less space. These window shades cover what is needed to be covered.
  • Roman shades are not recommended for the kitchen due to mildew concerns if the window is near a water source. If a window shade is desired, select a cell shade or pleated shade made of polyester.
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Free Samples Remove the Guesswork

It can be really difficult to visualize the textures, colors and fabrics of various kitchen window blinds and shades. Blindster removes the selection guesswork by offering free samples of window treatments. This can help you in coordinating the overall look of the bedroom, to make sure that the bed linens, carpet, paint or other elements work together for just look you want. Be sure to hold the sample up to the window to evaluate the level of privacy it provides.

More Window Treatment Information . . .

While particular kitchen window covering ideas may meet all of your functional needs, they may be a poor match for the overall decor of the room. For example faux wood blinds, may be a better choice than fabric roman shades for a kitchen. With all the window fashion options now available, you have many kitchen window treatments to choose from for any decor.

Information needed to make the best kitchen window treatments selection is at your fingertips at Blindster.com. We are constantly adding to the online resource information about window treatments and decorating, but if you don't find everything you need there to make your decision, or you just want to talk with someone directly, we're just an email or phone call away.

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