Modern Kitchen Window Treatments for Nashville Homeowners10/08/2015Stefano Diotaiuti With regards to looks and usability, the best choice for window treatments for your kitchen are faux wood blinds or faux wood shutters. What makes them great for kitchens? Faux wood shutters and blinds are the window treatments that can best stand up to the messes and humidity of most kitchens, all while giving you stylish looks and privacy. Take a look at how shutters and blinds can stand the heat, and stay in the kitchen in Nashville homes. Faux Wood Shutters Are Your Kitchen Windows’ Best Friend For all those things you need from a window treatment, Nashville’s best faux wood shutters offer. These are a few things you probably want from any kitchen furnishing: It needs to be waterproof. Steam from boiling pots, splashes from washing dishes in the sink, or spilled drinks can destroy the appeal of most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are totally moisture-proof, as well as coated with an extra layer of protective finish. It needs to be easy to clean. Let’s face it – kitchens get dirty. So when that tomato sauce 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 should be easy to operate. Want to open up the window in a hurry to let steam from dinner escape? Need to sit that pie fresh from the oven on the window sill to cool? Shutters are some of the easiest window treatments to use, and still let you have full access to your window. Most other window treatments can’t do any of those, let alone all of them. Fabric window treatments like drapes are easy to stain, anything made of wood won’t handle the moisture in a humid room like the kitchen, and mini blinds can be a pain to operate in a pinch. Oh, and did we mention that faux wood shutters look fantastic in the kitchen? With marble, natural wood and limestone countertops all the rage in Nashville, faux wood shutters give your kitchen a look that can rival anything you’ll see in a designer boutique. That’s why Polywood® plantation shutters are your kitchen windows’ best friend. Faux Wood Blinds – Classic Window Treatment For Contemporary Nashville Kitchens Faux wood shutters are our top recommendation for Nashville kitchens, but they aren’t the only thing that work in the kitchen. In Nashville, faux wood blinds are our runner-up for best window treatment for the kitchen. Faux wood is usually moisture-resistant, so we’re headed in the right direction. Since faux wood blinds are also stain-proof, a wet cloth will get them looking pristine again after a mess. Remember that more blind slats will mean more surface area to clean compared to shutters. Also keep in mind that certain blind cords can rot or shrivel after prolonged exposure to moisture, so be sure to ask about the cord material. Faux wood blinds are also perfect for windows right by the sink. In some Nashville kitchens, your cabinets or appliances might not allow you enough room to open shutters completely. With blinds, a pull of the cord will open up your view. And their looks are classic. They may not be as universal as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can complement other natural materials such as a marble countertop or natural wood cabinetry and trim. FAQs about Kitchen Window Treatments Is there a reason why you don’t recommend shades or drapes for windows in the kitchen? Many fabric window treatments such as shades and drapes can easily get stained, so they’re not ideal for a busy kitchen. The moisture in a kitchen can also cause them to mildew easily. What color should I get for my kitchen shutters or blinds? For the kitchen, you can’t go wrong with neutrals. A solid white or near-white is a great options, because they’ll complement any modern countertops or appliances you install in the future. Blacks, grays and 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, you can still put in shutters. We offer shutters with cut-out panels, giving you full access to your window. Are any of these kitchen window treatments fire-resistant? Polywood shutters are fire-resistant, and will never scorch even from prolonged heat exposure, whether from the sun or from the stovetop. During a kitchen remodel, when should I install new window treatments? Your window treatments, whether they’re blinds, shades, or shutters, will almost always be one of the last parts of a remodel. However, it might be beneficial to involve your shutter vendor early in your redesign to coordinate timelines, and better match styles and colors. Get The Kitchen of Your Dreams With Better Window Treatments Polywood shutters and faux wood blinds are our top picks for most Nashville kitchens, but your kitchen might be different. For some personal attention for your windows, set up a free in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window experts. Call us at 615-236-8530 or use the form below. And for window treatment recommendations for any other room in your house, check out our Total Room Window Guide.