Modern Kitchen Window Treatments for Philadelphia Homeowners10/08/2015Holly Perron For looks and practicality, your best bet for kitchen window treatments are faux wood blinds or faux wood shutters. Why are those two the best options? Faux wood blinds and shutters are the window treatments that can best stand up to the messes and wetness of most kitchens, all while giving you stylish looks and privacy. See how shutters and blinds can stand the heat, and stay in the kitchen in Philadelphia homes. Faux Wood Shutters – A Kitchen Window’s Best Friend Anything you could ask for from a kitchen window treatment, Philadelphia’s best faux wood shutters offer. Think about what you need from any furnishing in your kitchen: It needs to be moisture-proof. Steam from boiling pots of water, splashes from cleaning off dishes, and spilled drinks can ruin most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are 100% moisture-proof, and coated with a protective finish to prevent damage. It needs to be easily cleaned. Let’s face it – kitchens get messy. So when that tomato sauce flies onto your shutter, all you’ll need is a wipe with a damp cloth to make them look brand-new. It should be easy to use. Want to open up the window in a hurry to let out steam or smoke? 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 give you full access to your window. The vast majority of window treatments don’t offer any of those benefits, let alone all of them. Fabric window treatments like drapes are easy to stain, anything made of wood can easily become warped in a humid room like the kitchen, and mini blinds can be a pain to open and close in a pinch. Oh, and did we mention that faux wood shutters look absolutely gorgeous in the kitchen? With marble, natural wood and slate countertops all the rage in Philadelphia, plantation shutters give your kitchen a look that’s as beautiful as anything in a design magazine. That’s why Polywood® plantation shutters are a kitchen window’s best friend. Faux Wood Blinds – Elegant Window Treatment For Modern Philadelphia Kitchens Polywood shutters are our #1 pick for Philadelphia kitchens, but it’s not the only window treatment that will work. In Philadelphia, faux wood blinds are our runner-up for best window treatment for the kitchen. Faux wood is typically 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. Remember that blinds have more slats than shutters have louvers, meaning a little more work to clean. Also remember that certain blind cords can rot or shrivel after prolonged exposure to moisture, so ask your window treatment provider about the cord material. Faux wood blinds are a great addition to windows near the sink. In some Philadelphia kitchens, cabinetry or an appliance might not allow you enough room to open shutters completely. With blinds, you don’t need as much room to fully open your window. And their looks? Gorgeous. They may not be as universal as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can accentuate other natural materials such as a granite counter or hardwood cabinets and trim. FAQs about Kitchen Window Treatments Is there a reason why you don’t recommend shades or drapes for my kitchen windows? Most fabric window treatments such as draperies or shades can easily get stained, so they’re impractical for a busy kitchen. The moisture and humidity in your kitchen can also cause them to mildew easily. Do you recommend a certain color for my kitchen shutters or blinds? For the kitchen, your best bet is a neutral tone. A solid white or off-white is an awesome choice, since they’ll complement any new countertops or appliances you may purchase in the future. Blacks and browns 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 scorch even from longterm exposure to heat, no matter if it’s from the sun or from the stovetop. If I’m remodeling my kitchen, when should I put in new window treatments? Your window treatments, whether they’re shutters, shades or blinds, will almost always be one of the last parts of a remodel. However, it might be beneficial to involve your window treatment vendor early on in your remodel to make the whole thing run smoother. Get The Kitchen of Your Dreams With Better Window Treatments Faux wood shutters and faux wood blinds are our top picks for most Philadelphia kitchens, but yours may be better off with a third option. For some personal attention for your windows, get an in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window treatment pros. Call us at 215-874-4897 or use the form below. And for window treatment recommendations for the rest of your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.