Stylish Kitchen Window Treatments for Dallas Homeowners10/08/2015Collins Jones For looks and practicality, the best choice for window treatments for your kitchen are faux wood shutters or faux wood blinds. Why are those two great for kitchens? Faux wood shutters and blinds are the best at standing up to the messes and wetness of the kitchen, in addition to giving you privacy and fantastic looks. Take a look at how shutters and blinds stand up to the heat, and stay in the kitchen in Dallas homes. Faux Wood Shutters – Your Kitchen Windows’ Best Friend Anything you could ask for from a kitchen window treatment, Dallas’s best faux wood shutters provide. These are a few things you probably want out of any furnishing in your kitchen: It needs to be moisture-proof. Steam from boiling pots, splashes from the sink, or spilled beverages can spell disaster most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are totally moisture-proof, and coated with a protective finish to prevent damage. It needs to be easily cleaned. Let’s face it – kitchens get dirty. So when that spoonful of soup flies onto your shutter, all it takes is a wipe with a damp cloth to make them look brand-new. It should be easy to operate. Have to open your window quickly to let steam from dinner escape? Want to sit that pie fresh from the oven on the window sill to cool? Shutters are easy to operate, and give you full access to your window. Most other window treatments can’t do any of those, let alone all of them. Fabric window treatments like drapes are easy to stain, any real wood window treatment can mildew in a humid room like the kitchen, and metal blinds can be a pain to open or shut in a pinch. Not to mention the fact that plantation shutters look absolutely gorgeous in the kitchen. With marble, hardwood and slate countertops at the height of popularity in Dallas, plantation shutters give your kitchen a look that can rival anything you’ll see in a designer boutique. That’s why Polywood® plantation shutters are a kitchen window’s best friend. Faux Wood Blinds – Elegant Window Treatment For Contemporary Dallas Kitchens Polywood shutters are our first recommendation for Dallas kitchens, but they aren’t the only thing that will work. In Dallas, faux wood blinds are our runner-up for best window treatment for the kitchen. Faux wood is usually moisture-resistant, so these blinds are off to a great start already. Faux wood blinds also won’t stain, so, a wet cloth will get them looking pristine again after a mess. Remember that more blind slats will mean more surface area to clean compared to shutters. Also bear 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 great on windows right above the sink. In some Dallas kitchens, an appliance or extensive cabinetry might not allow you enough room to open shutters completely. With blinds, you don’t need as much room to fully open your window. And their looks? Gorgeous. They might not be as complementary as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can complement other natural elements like a marble counter or natural wood cabinetry and trim. Common Questions about Kitchen Window Treatments Why don’t you recommend shades or drapes for windows in the kitchen? Most fabric window treatments like shades and drapes are easy to stain, making them unsuited for a busy kitchen. The moisture and humidity in your kitchen might also result in mildewing. Do you recommend a certain color for my kitchen shutters or blinds? For the kitchen, you can’t go wrong with neutrals. A solid white or off-white is a great pick, since they’ll complement any modern countertops or appliances you might put in down the road. Earthtones also work well. Which window treatment do I need if my kitchen window is a casement? If your kitchen windows are casement windows, shutters will still work! We offer shutters with cut-out panels, giving you full access to your window. Are there any kitchen window treatments that are fire-resistant? Polywood shutters are fire-resistant, and will never show discoloring even from longterm heat exposure, either from the sun or from the stovetop. When should I put in window treatments during a kitchen remodel? Your window treatments, whether they’re shutters, shades or blinds, should be one of the last things you do 90% of the time. However, there’s a benefit to involving your window treatment installer early on in your remodel to make the whole thing run smoother. Get The Kitchen of Your Dreams With Better Window Treatments Faux wood shutters and faux wood blinds are what we recommend for most Dallas kitchens, but each kitchen is unique. If you want some personal attention for your windows, get an in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window experts. Call us at 214-301-5066 or use the form below. And for window treatment recommendations for the rest of your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.