Contemporary Kitchen Window Treatments for Atlanta Homeowners10/08/2015Dan Taylor With regards to looks and usability, the best window treatments for your kitchen are faux wood blinds or faux wood shutters. Why are those two the best options? Faux wood shutters and blinds are the best at standing up to the messes and humidity of the kitchen, all while giving you stylish looks and privacy. Take a look at how shutters and blinds can stand the heat, and stay in the kitchen in Atlanta homes. Faux Wood Shutters – A Kitchen Window’s Best Friend Just about anything you could want out of a window treatment for your kitchen, Atlanta’s best faux wood shutters offer. Think about what you need out of any furnishing in your kitchen: It needs to be moisture-proof. Steam rising from a skillet, splashes from the sink, or spilled beverages can destroy the appeal of most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are completely moisture-proof, and coated with a protective finish to prevent damage. It should be easily cleaned. Face it – kitchens get messy. So when that spoonful of soup flies toward your window and onto your shutters, all it takes is a wipe with a slightly wet cloth to make them look brand-new. It needs to be easy to operate. Have to open your window quickly to let steam from dinner escape? Want to put your freshly baked pie on the window sill to cool? Shutters are easy to operate, and still let you have full access to your window. Most other window treatments don’t offer any of those benefits, let alone all of them. Draperies and shades can easily stain, anything made of wood won’t handle the moisture in a humid room like the kitchen, and metal blinds can be a pain to operate in a pinch. Not to mention the fact that plantation shutters look absolutely gorgeous in the kitchen. With marble, hardwood and limestone countertops at the height of popularity in Atlanta, 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’ best friend. Faux Wood Blinds – Vintage Window Treatment For Modern Atlanta Kitchens Polywood shutters are our #1 recommendation for Atlanta kitchens, but it’s not the only window treatment that work in the kitchen. In Atlanta, faux wood blinds are our second pick for best window treatment for the kitchen. Faux wood is usually going to be water resistant, so they’re already on the right track. Faux wood blinds are also stain-proof, so, a wet cloth will get them looking pristine again after a mess. Remember that blinds have more slats than shutters have louvers, which means more work to clean. Also keep in mind that certain blind cords can mildew or shrivel after constant exposure to humidity, so be sure to ask about the cord material. Faux wood blinds are great on windows near the sink. In some Atlanta kitchens, your cabinets or appliances 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 are gorgeous. They may not be as versatile as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can complement other natural materials like a marble countertop or hardwood cabinetry and trim. FAQs about Kitchen Window Treatments Why don’t you recommend shades or drapes for windows in the kitchen? Many fabric window treatments such as draperies or shades are easy to stain, which means that they’re not ideal for a busy kitchen. The moisture and humidity in a kitchen may result in some funky smells seeping into the fabric. What color should I get for my kitchen shutters or blinds? For the kitchen, we recommend a neutral color. A solid white or near-white is an awesome pick, since they’ll match any new appliances or countertops you might put in down the road. Blacks and browns also work well. Which window treatment do I need if my kitchen window is a casement? If your kitchen windows are casement windows, you can still put in shutters. Shutter panel cut-outs are easily made, and give you full access to your window. Are any of these kitchen window treatments fire-resistant? Polywood plantation shutters are fire-resistant, and won’t show discoloring even from prolonged exposure to heat, no matter if it’s from the sun or from the stovetop. If I’m remodeling my kitchen, when should I put in new window treatments? Your window treatments, no matter if they’re shutters, blinds, or shades, should be one of the last things you do 90% of the time. However, there’s a benefit to involving your window treatment company early on in your remodel to make the whole thing run smoother. Get The Kitchen of Your Dreams With Better Window Treatments Polywood shutters and faux wood blinds are what we recommend for most Atlanta kitchens, but each kitchen is unique. For some personal attention for your windows, get an in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window experts. Call us at 404-962-8517 or use the form below. And for window treatment recommendations for the other rooms in your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.