Blinds are a versatile window treatment, making most blind types suitable for use in any room in your home. However, when it comes to your kitchen, there are a few things you need to consider which could influence–and even limit–which blinds will work best for you. These include:
The Location of Your Kitchen Windows
Windows behind kitchen sinks and stovetops are quite common. But these areas are also the messiest, with steam, smoke, and cooking and water splatters all able to spoil your beautiful blinds. Not forgetting that the wrong material used close to your stovetop could also present a fire risk.
The Reason You Want Blinds
Part of the versatility of blinds is that they aren’t merely decorative. They can also help control light and solar heat and add privacy when needed. But in your kitchen, you would also want blinds that don’t limit ventilation, especially when you’re cooking.
In general, the best blinds for kitchens are those that are easy to operate, are durable, and are easy to clean.
Plantation shutters are incredibly stylish, but also very practical for use in your kitchen. There is also a traditional aspect to plantation shutters, so you would never have to worry about feeling dated or going out of style. The slats on plantation shutters are much wider than on other types of blinds, making them extremely easy to open and close, and to keep clean. An added benefit of wider slats is that they offer great ventilation when open, while still giving a degree of privacy and light-control. For even better control of privacy and light, you can choose split-tilt shutters that allow you to close the bottom slats, while the top slats remain open.
PVC plantation shutters are better for kitchens as they are able to withstand exposure to heat and steam.
While not offering quite the same light control and ventilation as shutters, the honeycomb or hexagonal cells used in these blinds do offer great insulation. So, in addition to being durable and easy to operate, cellular blinds can help keep your kitchen cooler in summer, and warmer in winter.
Offering a far greater range of materials and colours than cellular blinds or shutters, roller blinds do allow for a more distinct decorative touch. They’re easier to roll up or down to more precise positions for the right amount of light or privacy but can require a bit more effort to keep clean. But be careful of adding blockout to your roller blinds as this could make your kitchen too dark. Roller screen fabrics are great for light-control without blocking your view out. And since they use a PVC fabric, they’re able to withstand water splashes and are much easier to clean.
For better safety in your kitchen, ask about flame-retardant fabrics.
Still not sure which blinds are going to be best for your kitchen? At Adorn Blinds we offer a complimentary design consultation with our obligation-free measure and quote service. Our design consultant will collaborate with you at finding a stylish, functional, and durable solution for your kitchen windows.