With regards to looks and practicality, your best bet for kitchen window treatments are faux wood shutters or faux wood blinds.
Why are those two great for kitchens? Faux wood shutters and blinds are the window treatments that can best stand up to the messes and humidity of most kitchens, while still offering great looks and privacy.
See how these window treatments stand up to the heat, and stay in the kitchen in San Jose homes.
Faux Wood Shutters – Your Kitchen Windows’ Best Friend
It should be moisture resistant. Steam from boiling pots, splashes from cleaning off dishes, and spilled beverages can destroy the appeal of most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are totally moisture-proof, in addition to their protective coating and finish.
It needs to be easily cleaned. It’s a fact – kitchens get messy. So when that spoonful of soup flies toward your window and onto your shutters, all you’ll need is a wipe with a slightly wet cloth to get them back to their original shine.
It needs to be easy to operate. Need to open your window in a hurry to let steam from dinner escape? Need to put your freshly baked pie on the window sill to cool? Shutters are simple to use, and still let you have full use of your window.
Most other window treatments don’t offer any of those benefits, let alone all of them. Fabric window treatments like drapes can easily stain, any real wood window treatment can mildew in a humid room like the kitchen, and metal blinds can be a hassle to open and close in a pinch.
Oh, and did we mention that plantation shutters look amazing in the kitchen? With quartz, hardwood and slate countertops at the height of popularity in San Jose, plantation shutters give your kitchen a look that’s as beautiful as anything in a design magazine.
That’s why Polywood® plantation shutters are your kitchen windows’ perfect match.
Faux Wood Blinds – Elegant Window Treatment For Contemporary San Jose Kitchens
Plantation shutters are our #1 pick for San Jose kitchens, but it’s not the only window treatment that we’d recommend. In San Jose, faux wood blinds are our second pick for best kitchen window treatment.
Faux wood is typically going to be water resistant, so these blinds are off to a great start already. Since faux wood blinds are also stain-proof, a wet cloth will get them looking pristine again after a mess. Keep in mind that blinds have more slats than shutters have louvers, which means more work to clean. Also keep in mind that certain blind cords might mildew or wither after constant exposure to humidity, so ask your window treatment provider about the cord material.
Faux wood blinds are a great addition to windows above the sink. In some San Jose kitchens, an appliance or extensive cabinetry might not allow you enough room to open shutters completely. With blinds, a pull of the cord will open up your view.
And their looks are gorgeous. They might not be as versatile as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can pair with other natural elements such as a limestone counter or hardwood cabinets and trim.
FAQs about Kitchen Window Treatments
Why don’t you recommend shades or drapes for windows in the kitchen?
The majority of fabric window treatments like draperies or shades are easy to stain, which means that they’re impractical for a busy kitchen. The moisture and humidity in a kitchen may result in some funky smells seeping into the fabric.
What’s the best color for my kitchen shutters or blinds?
In a kitchen, we recommend a neutral color. A solid white or near-white is a great choice, since they’ll complement any modern countertops or appliances you install in the future. Blacks and browns also work well.
What window treatment do I need if my kitchen window uses a lever to open?
If your kitchen windows open via lever, shutters will still work! We offer shutters with cut-out panels, giving you full access to your window.
Are any of these kitchen window treatments fire-resistant?
Polywood plantation shutters are fire-resistant, and will never scorch even from prolonged exposure to heat, either from the sun or from the range.
When should I put in window treatments during a kitchen remodel?
Your window treatments, whether they’re blinds, shutters, or shades, will be one of the last things you do 90% of the time. However, it may be beneficial to involve your shutter company early in your project to coordinate timelines, and better match styles and colors.
Get The Kitchen of Your Dreams With Better Window Treatments
Polywood shutters and faux wood blinds are what we recommend for most San Jose kitchens, but each kitchen is unique. For some personal attention for your windows, set up a free in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window treatment pros. Call us at 916-542-1305 or use the form below.
And for window treatment recommendations for the rest of your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.