Stylish Kitchen Window Treatments for Raleigh Homeowners10/08/2015Blake Jarman For looks and usability, your best bet for window treatments for your kitchen are faux wood blinds or faux wood shutters. What makes them the best options? Faux wood blinds and shutters are the best at standing up to the messes and humidity of the kitchen, 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 Raleigh homes. Faux Wood Shutters – A Kitchen Window’s Best Friend Anything you could ask for from a kitchen window treatment, Raleigh’s best faux wood shutters offer. These are a few things you probably want from any kitchen furnishing: It should be moisture-proof. Steam from boiling pots of water, splashes from washing dishes in the sink, or spilled beverages can spell disaster most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are totally moisture-proof, in addition to their protective coating and finish. It needs to be easy to clean. 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 damp cloth to make them good as new. It should be easy to operate. Want to open up the window in a hurry to let smoke or steam out? Trying to set that fresh apple pie on the window sill to cool? Shutters are some of the easiest window treatments 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. Fabric window treatments such as shades are easy to stain, anything made of wood can easily become warped in a humid room like the kitchen, and metal blinds can be a pain to operate in a pinch. Oh, and did we mention that plantation shutters look fantastic in the kitchen? With marble, natural wood and limestone countertops at the height of popularity in Raleigh, faux wood shutters give your kitchen a look that can rival any designer’s best work. That’s why Polywood® plantation shutters are a kitchen window’s perfect match. Faux Wood Blinds – Classic Window Treatment For Contemporary Raleigh Kitchens Polywood shutters are our top recommendation for Raleigh kitchens, but they aren’t the only thing that we’d recommend. In Raleigh, faux wood blinds are our runner-up for best window treatment for the kitchen. Faux wood is usually going to be water resistant, so we’re headed in the right direction. Faux wood blinds are also stain-proof, 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 might rot or wither after prolonged exposure to humidity, so ask your window treatment provider about the cord material. Faux wood blinds are a great addition to windows near the sink. In some Raleigh kitchens, cabinetry or an appliance 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 may not be as complementary as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can easily match other natural materials like a limestone counter or natural wood cabinets and trim. FAQs about Kitchen Window Treatments Why don’t you recommend fabric window treatments like drapes or shades for my kitchen windows? The majority of fabric window treatments like shades and drapes can easily get stained, which means that they’re impractical for a busy kitchen. The moisture and humidity in a kitchen might also result in mildewing. What’s the best color for my kitchen shutters or blinds? In a kitchen, we recommend a neutral color. A solid white or near-white is a great choice, since they’ll complement any modern appliances or countertops you may purchase in the future. Earthtones also work well. What window treatment do I need if my kitchen window uses a crank to open? If your kitchen windows use a crank, 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 plantation shutters are fire-resistant, and won’t show discoloring even from longterm heat exposure, whether from the sun or from the stovetop. During a kitchen remodel, when should I install new window treatments? Your window treatments, no matter if they’re shutters, blinds, or shades, will almost always be one of the last parts of a remodel. However, it can be beneficial to involve your shutter installer early in your redesign to make the whole thing run smoother. Get The Kitchen of Your Dreams With Better Window Treatments Polywood shutters and faux wood blinds are our top picks for most Raleigh kitchens, but yours may be better off with a third option. If you want some personal attention for your windows, get a free in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window treatment pros. Call us at 919-887-9198 or use the form below. And for window treatment picks for the other rooms in your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.