Kitchen window treatments need as much thought put into them as any other window in your home.
Why? Many of us spend a lot of time in the kitchen, often in front of a window. So why not make it as attractive as possible.
The effect you finally select may be simple or elaborate, functional or just for effect. But the time spent in selecting your final choice will be well worth the effort. There are complex solutions, simple solutions, and everything in between.
Functional or not?
The first thing to decide is - do you need your kitchen window treatments to be practical, and give you privacy in the room?
If you have an attractive window frame, a wonderful view outside, and no one can ever see in, then you may decide not to have treatment at all. But even in this case you may feel that the window needs something to soften it.
When you're planning on using curtains or drapes, then make sure your kitchen is large enough, and you have a good air extraction system. It's always surprising how much dirt and grease constant cooking can produce, and it always seems to be attracted to fabrics!
Some ideas for inspiration
Here are a few illustrations showing various kitchen window treatments. Don't try to just copy them as they are, but use the ideas and develop them for your own situation.
This kitchen has a large french window. By using horizontal shades privacy is maintained. But that would give a slightly cold effect.
Using curtains on a pole brings warmth and softness to the room.
The color of the fabric chosen balances the color of the work surfaces.
You can find more general details on curtains here.
In this kitchen privacy is needed.
The window is large, with no space on the sides or at the top for anything like poles or curtains hanging back from the window. The solution to use horizontal shades is very practical, but is also an excellent match with the modern lines of the kitchen units. The long vertical handles of the units balance the horizontal lines of the shades. The color of the shades blends with the walls, which has the effect of not closing in the space.
You can find more information on window shades here.
Here the windows are softened by the use of fabric.
Because there isn't much room around the windows, the fabric is held simply in place just covering the top of the frames.
This sort of kitchen window treatment doesn't actually move up and down like a roman shade - it's more of a valance, with just enough fabric to give a casual effect.
Roman shades have become very popular for kitchen window treatments.
Their appeal is understandable. They fit into tight spaces, when pulled up they are compact but the folds still give a pleasing effect, when down they give complete privacy, and you can use any fabric you like!
You can also line them with blackout lining if necessary, and they come with a large variety of controls, even with electronic ones which can be light sensitive. The color of the fabric chosen for this roman shade matches the splash tiles and provides warmth and balance.
This kitchen diner has attractive doors opening out to the garden.
Free hanging curtains would get blown around when the doors are open, so 'holdbacks' are used to keep them in position.
The chrome holdbacks match the faucets, and the choice of sheer fabric means the curtains do not overpower the room.
You can find more information on kitchen curtains here.
The choices come down to the following:
- Roller shades - out of the way when closed, cover the window for privacy when down.
- Roman shades - give a good 'fabric' effect when up in folds, cover the window when down
- Vertical shades - practical, and modern fabrics used look less like office fixtures.
- Horizontal shades - come in many sizes and very practical.
- Curtains - straight hang, tied back, with or without cornice box or valance, using normal or sheer fabric.
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