Modern Kitchen Window Treatments for Houston Homeowners10/08/2015Cory Cryer When it comes to looks and practicality, your best bet for window treatments for your kitchen are faux wood shutters or faux wood blinds. Why are those two great for kitchens? Faux wood blinds and shutters are the window treatments that can best stand up to the messes and wetness of most kitchens, 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 Houston homes. Faux Wood Shutters Are Your Kitchen Windows’ Best Friend For all those things you need from a window treatment, Houston’s best faux wood shutters provide. These are a few things you probably want from any kitchen furnishing: It should be moisture-proof. Steam coming off the stove, splashes from the sink, or spilled beverages can destroy the appeal of most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are 100% moisture-proof, in addition to their protective coating and finish. It needs to be easy to clean. Let’s be real – kitchens get messy. So when that spoonful of soup flies onto your shutter, all you’ll need is a wipe with a slightly wet cloth to make them look brand-new. It should be easy to use. Need to open your window in a hurry to let smoke or steam out? Need to sit that pie fresh from the oven on the window sill to cool? Shutters are some of the easiest window treatments to operate, and offer full access to your window. Most other window treatments can’t do any of those, let alone all of them. Draperies and shades are easy to stain, anything made of wood can easily become warped in a humid room like the kitchen, and mini blinds can be a pain to operate in a pinch. Oh, and did we mention that faux wood shutters look absolutely gorgeous in the kitchen? With marble, natural wood and slate countertops at the height of popularity in Houston, plantation shutters give your kitchen a look that can rival any designer’s best work. That’s why Polywood® plantation shutters are your kitchen windows’ best friend. Faux Wood Blinds – Vintage Window Treatment For Contemporary Houston Kitchens Faux wood shutters are our top pick for Houston kitchens, but it’s not the only window treatment that we’d recommend. In Houston, faux wood blinds are our runner-up for best kitchen window treatment. Faux wood is typically water resistant, so they’re already halfway there. Faux wood blinds also won’t stain, so, a wet cloth will get them looking pristine again after a mess. Bear in mind that blinds have more slats than shutters have louvers, meaning a little more work to clean. Also keep in mind that certain blind cords can mildew or shrivel after a long period of exposure to moisture, so be sure to ask about the cord material. Faux wood blinds are a great addition to windows right above the sink. In some Houston kitchens, an appliance or extensive cabinetry might block shutters from opening. With blinds, you don’t need as much room to fully open your window. And their looks are classic. They might not be as complementary as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can easily match other natural materials like a marble counter or hardwood cabinets and trim. Common Questions about Kitchen Window Treatments Why don’t you recommend fabric window treatments like drapes or shades for windows in the kitchen? The majority of fabric window treatments such as shades and drapes are easy to stain, making them unsuited for a busy kitchen. The moisture and humidity in a kitchen may result in some funky smells seeping into the fabric. Do you recommend a certain color for my kitchen shutters or blinds? For the kitchen, your best bet is a neutral tone. A solid white or off-white is an awesome choice, since they’ll match any new appliances or countertops you install in the future. Earthtones also work well. Which window treatment do I need if my kitchen window uses a lever to open? If your kitchen windows open via lever, you can still put in shutters. Shutter panel cut-outs are easily made, and give you full access to your window. Which kitchen window treatments are fire-resistant? Polywood shutters are fire-resistant, and won’t scorch even from prolonged heat exposure, either from the sun or from the oven. When should I put in window treatments during a kitchen remodel? Your window treatments, no matter if they’re shades, shutters, or blinds, will be one of the last things you do 90% of the time. However, there’s a benefit to involving your window treatment vendor early in your project to coordinate timelines, and better match styles and colors. Get The Kitchen of Your Dreams With Better Window Treatments Faux wood shutters and faux wood blinds are what we recommend for most Houston kitchens, but yours may be better off with a third option. If you want some personal attention for your windows, get an in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window experts. Call us at 713-853-9629 or use the form below. And for window treatment tips for any other room in your house, check out our Total Room Window Guide.