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Stylish Kitchen Window Treatments for Raleigh Homeowners

October 08, 2015
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 better suited than other window treatments to stand up to the messes and wetness of the kitchen, 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 Raleigh homes.

Faux Wood Shutters – A Kitchen Window’s Best Friend 

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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 waterproof. Steam from boiling pots of water, splashes from washing dishes in the sink, or spilled beverages can destroy the appeal of 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. Let’s be real – 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 get them back to their original shine.

  • It should be easy to operate. Want to open up the window in a hurry to let out steam or smoke? Trying 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 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.

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Oh, and did we mention that plantation shutters look fantastic in the kitchen? With quartz, 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

Faux wood 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 second pick for best kitchen window treatment.

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Especially when you're looking for kitchen window blinds over sinks, faux wood is typically going to be water resistant, so these blinds are off to a great start already. 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 are a little more work to clean than shutters due to the size and number of slats. Also bear 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 — or better yet, ask for cordless options!

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.

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And their looks ? Gorgeous. 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 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?

In a kitchen, we recommend a neutral color. A solid white or near-white is a great options, since they’ll complement any modern appliances or countertops you might put in down the road. Earthtones also work well.

What window treatment do I need if my kitchen window uses a lever to open?

If your kitchen windows open via lever, 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 vendor early in your project 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 each kitchen is unique. 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 tips for the rest of your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.