Living and dining rooms get a lot of attention when it comes to design and decoration both because they feel like the centerpiece of a home, and because they are often the most public parts of our homes. The kitchen, however, is in many ways the most important room in the house. As a cooking space, it is very functional, but it is also a space where many families eat and gather day-to-day. It is worth giving attention and time to decorating and designing the kitchen. When it comes to choosing window treatments for the kitchen, there are some special factors to consider.
Most of the design of a kitchen is determined by its function; most of the space will be filled with necessary appliances and valuable countertop space. Window treatments are one of the areas where you can inject some creativity and style, so take advantage! Go bright, bold, pretty, funky, modern; whatever your style, choose expressive patterns, colours, and shapes.
You’ll probably end up spending a lot of time in the kitchen, including private moments like family dinners and having breakfast in your pajamas. Take into consideration how close your kitchen is to your neighbours, and whether there is a clear view in at night with the lights on, for example. Depending on your privacy needs, you might opt for quickly drawn curtains, blinds and shades for occasional privacy concerns, or screening materials that let in light while blocking the view, such as cellular shades, woven blinds and sheer curtains, for all-the-time privacy. Café curtains, so called because they originated in nineteenth century Viennese cafes, hang only on the lower portion of the window and are a unique way to add style, privacy, and let light.
One of the most important considerations when it comes to kitchen window treatments is, of course, cleaning. Kitchen window treatments will inevitably soak up splatters and odours from foods, cooking, and dishwashing, so they will need to be cleaned much more often than treatments in other rooms. Washable fabric valances and curtains that can be easily laundered and rehung are a convenient option. Vinyl blinds, shades, and painted shutters that can be wiped down with soapy water may be slightly more labour intensive, but are also good options. Wood blinds will require wood cleaner, and more elaborate fabric treatments such as Roman shades and panels with linings are more difficult to take down and rehang and may even require dry cleaning. Cellular shades and other treatments that are only intended to be vacuumed should only be used away from the main workspace in a kitchen, for example in a breakfast nook.