The kitchen is a utilitarian space with plenty of hard surfaces and functional equipment. Kitchen window treatments are one of the few things that add style and softness to this space. Not only will curtains or blinds add color and style to the room, but they also enable you to control the amount of natural lighting that comes in.
When it comes to choosing window treatments for the kitchen, you should consider the following four basic tips to ensure the finished look depicts your personal style in a polished fashion.
Window Treatments as Décor
Adding window treatments is a great way to add color and style to any space. In the kitchen, it’s a must as this space lacks the softness and opportunity other rooms possess for adding accents and pops of color.
For example, if you have a breakfast nook, consider hanging floor-length curtains in colorful designs and patterns to give the space a big pop of color. If your kitchen windows are small, a swag curtain panel draped across will provide a less dramatic effect while providing a nice touch.
Window Treatments for Privacy
You may not give much thought to privacy in the kitchen. That is until you realize your neighbor has a clear view of you sitting at the table in your bathrobe reading the Sunday paper.
The last thing you want to do is block out the view and natural light that makes its way inside, so consider hanging a sheer window covering that blocks outside viewing but still allows light to filter through. The best way to determine if you’ve got enough privacy from your window treatments is to turn the lights on after dark and head outside to see what you can see inside the house.
Window Treatments to Control Light
Natural light is beautiful, and it adds a warm touch to any room, but unfortunately, it comes at a price. UVA and UVB rays in sunlight are harmful to humans and they can fade and breakdown surfaces over time. Furthermore, harsh, direct sunlight can raise the temperature in a room significantly, which can raise your energy costs.
To control the amount of sunlight your kitchen gets, look for window treatments that indicate they filter or block the sun’s harmful rays. Solar and cellular shades are a good choice as they screen out UVA and UVB rays while still allowing some light to filter in.
Window Treatments for Cleanability
Keeping kitchen window treatments clean can be challenging as there are plenty of opportunities for spills and splatters in this high-functioning room. Grease and moisture have a way of adorning every surface in the kitchen, so choose window coverings that are easy to clean and maintain.
For example, most fabrics can be cleaned in the washing machine, while cellular and solar shades only need to be vacuumed to keep the dust off. Other window treatments such as Roman shades or wooden blinds will need specialized cleaning that can be expensive and tedious.