Kitchen Window Treatments Ideas and Variations
Kitchen window treatment variations depend on many factors and one of them is location of the window. If the window is close to a kitchen sink or a stove you are more limited in choices, because of moisture and high temperature that may damage shades and blinds. In such situation you are better to consider the window dressing resistant to them. But if it is far from them variety of draperies and blinds is wide.
By the way, draperies look great with French doors. Draperies of lightweight materials are ideal for summer, but in winter it is better to replace them with draperies made of more serious materials. You may also use them for the windows located close to the stove, but only if they are short and made of fabric resistant to heat.
Comparing draperies and blinds it should be said, window blinds are more convenient for the kitchen, especially horizontal ones, because they don't interfere with the kitchen items when they are opened. Mount blinds are advisable to install inside deep windows. As for material of the blinds, the most practical choices are aluminum, faux wood and vinyl because of their resistance to moisture and easy cleaning.
Vertical blinds are a good alternative for the wide windows. If you think the blinds look too boring, you may decorate them with fabric valance. The next factor influencing choice of the window blinds is interior style. If your kitchen is in rustic style, you are better to choose plain materials with various patterns such as flowers, fruit, vegetables, gingham or stripes.
Bamboo shades are great for oriental or contemporary interior style. But it is better to use them only if the window is not near the stove or the kitchen sink. Roman shades will add a touch of elegance and style to any kitchen interior. If light blockage and privacy are not your priorities, you can use only the valance or put a decorative shelf above the window. Finally, when choosing color of the window blinds, keep in mind light color reflects light while the dark color absorbs it.