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