Stylish Kitchen Window Treatments for Gainesville Homeowners10/08/2015Eric Ramsey For 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 shutters and blinds are the best at standing up to the messes and wetness of most kitchens, in addition to giving you privacy and fantastic looks. Take a look at how faux wood blinds and shutters stand up to the heat, and stay in the kitchen in Gainesville homes. Faux Wood Shutters – Your Kitchen Windows’ Best Friend Just about anything you could want out of a window treatment for your kitchen, Gainesville’s best faux wood shutters offer. These are a few things you probably want out of any furnishing in your kitchen: It needs to be moisture resistant. Steam coming off the stove, splashes from washing dishes in the sink, and spilled drinks can spell disaster most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are totally moisture-proof, as well as coated with an extra layer of protective finish. It should be easy to clean. Let’s be real – kitchens get dirty. So when that spoonful of soup flies toward your window and onto your shutters, all it takes is a wipe with a damp cloth to make them look brand-new. It needs to be easy to operate. Need to open up the window in a hurry to let out steam or smoke? Trying 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. The vast majority of window treatments can’t do any of those, let alone all of them. Fabric window treatments such as shades can easily stain, anything made of wood won’t last long in a humid room like the kitchen, and mini blinds can be a hassle to operate in a pinch. Not to mention the fact that faux wood shutters look absolutely gorgeous in the kitchen. With marble, natural wood and slate countertops at the height of popularity in Gainesville, faux wood shutters give your kitchen a look that’s as beautiful as any designer’s best work. That’s why Polywood® plantation shutters are a kitchen window’s perfect match. Faux Wood Blinds – Elegant Window Treatment For Modern Gainesville Kitchens Faux wood shutters are our top pick for Gainesville kitchens, but they aren’t the only thing that work in the kitchen. In Gainesville, faux wood blinds are our runner-up for best kitchen window treatment. Faux wood is always 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. Keep in mind that blinds have more slats than shutters have louvers, meaning a little more work to clean. Also bear in mind that certain blind cords can rot or shrivel after a long period of exposure to humidity, so be sure to ask about the cord material. Faux wood blinds are great on windows right above the sink. In some Gainesville 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 universal as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can easily match other natural materials such as a limestone countertop or natural wood cabinets and trim. Common Questions about Kitchen Window Treatments Is there a reason why you don’t recommend shades or drapes for my kitchen windows? The majority of fabric window treatments such as draperies or shades can easily get stained, making them impractical for a busy kitchen. The moisture in your kitchen can also cause them to mildew easily. What’s the best color for my kitchen shutters or blinds? In a kitchen, it’s hard to go wrong with a neutral hue. A solid white or off-white is a great choice, since they’ll match any new countertops or appliances you may purchase in the future. Blacks and browns also work well. What window treatment should I get if my kitchen window uses a lever to open? If your kitchen windows open via lever, shutters will still work! Shutter panel cut-outs are easily made, and give you full access to your window. Are there any kitchen window treatments that are heat-resistant? Polywood shutters are fire-resistant, and will never scorch even from prolonged heat exposure, no matter if it’s from the sun or from the stovetop. During a kitchen remodel, when should I install new window treatments? Your window treatments, whether they’re shutters, shades or blinds, will almost always be one of the last parts of a remodel. However, there’s a benefit to involving your window treatment vendor early in your redesign 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 Gainesville kitchens, but each kitchen is unique. If you want some personal attention for your windows, set up an in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window treatment pros. Call us at 813-602-5966 or use the form below. And for window treatment picks for the rest of your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.