3 Tips for Selecting Window Treatments for Your Kitchen

Out kitchens’ windows add warmth, light, and a sense of connectedness with the world outside our walls. Whether our kitchens are spacious or narrow, windows can help any space feel larger than it really is. But for all windows offer us, we want to be able to control how much light (and visibility) we let in, as well as be able to create a specific look and feel around them.

When it comes to creating this space, various window treatments for your kitchen offer many options for crafting a look that is uniquely you. Like any other room in your home, attention to detail is what really makes it exude the feel you desire. Keep these tips in mind when exploring your options for window treatments in your kitchen.

Tip #1: Do you want a hard or soft window treatment?

While there are many window treatment options, “hard” and “soft” window treatments encompass most of them, and each style gives off a unique look and feel. Hard treatments include:

  • Wood blinds
  • Metal blinds
  • Vinyl blinds
  • Vertical pleated shades
  • Silhouettes
  • Roller shades
  • Wood shutters
  • Vinyl shutters
  • And more

Hard treatments are primarily installed for their functionality, meaning their primary purpose is to reduce or eliminate light entering your kitchen. These are excellent options for those of us with several windows in our kitchens and need to control the light throughout the day.

Conversely, soft window treatments are mostly decorative but do help shield your kitchen from some light. However, drapes are the outlier here; they can block full windows and keep our kitchens cool or keep the heat in.

Soft window treatments include:

  • Sheers
  • Drapes
  • Swags
  • Roman shades
  • Valances
  • And more

Tip #2: Consider privacy

Another key point to consider is how much privacy you want from your window treatments in your kitchen. If you live in the city, chances are you’ll want a bit more privacy than those who have a bit more space and privacy.

While soft treatments offer a limited level of privacy, they may not be the best solution if you’re looking to remove any chance of someone seeing into your kitchen. Thicker, heavier drapes are often a solid choice for privacy when it comes to soft treatments. However, most hard treatments make it impossible for prying eyes to peer into your home.

Tip #3: Think about functionality

When you’re weighing whether soft or hard treatments make the most sense for your kitchen, factor in how you want your treatment to function. There are three main options:

  • Vertically
  • Horizontally
  • Tilting

You’ll want to entertain just how often you think you’ll open and close your window treatment. If your goal is to install largely decorative window treatments, then that’s a very different thought process than installing treatments that are designed to drastically limit sunlight.

The Reflective Designer can help you find the best window treatments for your kitchen

Whether you’re just beginning your search for window treatments or you’re ready for expert opinion on installation, we can help you through the process. Reach out to us today to get started.