Choosing the right kind of blinds for your kitchen is not a straightforward process and that’s probably why you’re here. I’ve visited hundreds of different kitchens throughout my years in countertop manufacturing and remodeling and I have some interesting observations that I think will help you. So here’s what we’re going to talk about.
The Top 6 Best Blinds For Kitchens
Woven Wooden Shades
Modern Roman Shades
Sheers/Sheer Shades or Blinds
Faux Wood Blinds, Shades, and Shutters
The kitchen is the heart of any home and the center of family gatherings. It is where the party always seems to end up and probably the most visited room in the house. Because of this, a lot of planning, design, and construction goes into building a beautiful kitchen that feels right.
However, one of the most important aspects to keep in mind when building the kitchen or (any other room in the home for that matter) is lighting. Your goal is to get as much natural light coming into your kitchen as possible and this means adding a window or two.
Another important aspect to consider is fresh air, especially if you will be doing a lot of cooking. You don’t want those cooking smells going upstairs do you? Having a window that you can easily crack open will help circulate clean air throughout the house. You can always use an air purifier of course, but there’s nothing like the smell of natural fresh air making its way around.
So how do cover those windows when you want privacy?
There are a lot of different blinds, curtains, and window-cover designs that can be used on a kitchen window. The most important thing to always consider when picking the type of blinds you want is the location of the window.
Kitchen windows are usually placed right above the sink area in most homes. Others are placed near the cooking stove or in the working area.
Why does the location of the window matter?
If the window is near a sink or stove, there is a high chance grease and water may come into contact with the shades. For this situation, using a curtain would not be such a great idea since it will always be dirty from grease and water splashes.
You may consider wooden blinds, faux shutters, or vinyl roller shades in this situation. They will be more durable and will be quite easy to clean as all they need is a wipe from a damp cloth.
If the windows are in a safe spot, you could consider using window treatments such as fabric roller shades, Roman shades, or woven shades. It is also important to pick a window treatment that allows natural light into the room.
How to choose the best blinds for your kitchen
Below is a list of factors that I think should be considered when choosing blinds and the window treatment for your kitchen.
If your kitchen window is facing a neighbor or a public space such as a street, then there is a high need for privacy. The blinds you choose in this situation should be dark but still, let light in. This will prevent the peeping toms from looking into your house and ensure your privacy. For privacy, pick a cellular or a roller shade.
The blinds you choose should allow in as much natural light as possible without compromising on the privacy factor. During the day when the rays are harmful, the blinds should be translucent enough to filter out the rays but still let in natural light. Harmful YV rays may destroy paint and fade the textures pf your kitchen furniture.
The kitchen blinds you choose have to be durable and last as many years as you want.
The kitchen is always a room with cooking and food activities going on. Inevitably, a lot of grease, food and drinks may spill onto your blinds. You, therefore, need to use blinds that are easy to clean, preferably kitchen blind that only need wiping rather than washing. They are the more hygienic option. Vinyl blinds, shutters and solar shades can be effortlessly wiped or washed with soapy water while other options need specialized material for cleaning. For instance, wooden blinds need wood cleaner to clean.
Material of the blind
The kitchen is an always warm and humid room due to the hive of cooking activities going on. The material of the blinds matters a lot because some material tend to wrap, twist or/and discolor when exposed to these conditions. Avoid such materials.
What Type Of Window Treatments Are Best For Kitchen?
Now that we’ve covered all of the above, let’s get into what I believe are the best types of blinds for your kitchen!
Woven Wooden Shades
Woven wooden shades are one of the best options for kitchen blinds today. They are especially wonderful when used on a window that is above the kitchen sink area. Woven wooden blinds tend to soften the metallic look of the sink area by adding a natural feel and look to the kitchen.
There are a lot of materials that can be used for woven wooden blinds or shades and they include the following: bamboo, tough grass, reeds and a material known as jute. All these materials are durable and last as long as the house can last. Wooden shades are also loved by many due to their ability to resist loss of shape. They hold their shape over many years under good maintenance. In fact, wooden shapes came to use due to their ability to reduce breaking, fading and bowing.
Woven wooden shades are used either independently or using a room darkening liner. The liner is for people with privacy concerns but can also be used for aesthetic and décor. For most users however, woven wooden shades offer superb light control over your kitchen. Remember to always use wooden blinds with a vinyl protection layer to protect the blinds from wetness and keep them durable as long as possible.
Modern Roman Shades
Roman shades as the name suggests are known to be classy, traditional and elegant. They are lovely in design and offer amazing lighting. You can easily let in the sun during the day while still maintaining the privacy needed and this is what makes them such an excellent choice. The shades are available in different design patterns, styles and textures depending on the manufacture. Roman Modern shades are also waterproof, which is quite a handy feature for a kitchen is blind. This also makes them a great t c choice for people with windows located over the sink area.
In modern day kitchens, Roman shades are a great way to add a natural neutral feel to the kitchen décor. This is because they c come in different design patterns, styles and textures depending on the manufacture. They can be used with a darkening panel where there are privacy concerns and they fold neatly into the head rain which is a great bonus.
Other than that, roman shades are durable and long lasting and should be definitely considered when looking for the best kitchen blinds
Sheers/Sheer Shades or Blinds
Sheer shades are known for their ability to soften the modern day kitchen’s hard surfaces. They are also great in changing harsh daylight rays into a warm soft glow. Some sheer blinds are uniquely designed so that they appear to be floating between two different sheers. When the vanes are opened, the sheers are responsible for diffusing light. The other sheer is used for daytime privacy. They also come with a feature that lets you use the sheer blinds together with a room darkening shade for better control of light.
Other sheer blinds have fabric vanes that are designed to open and close easily along the sheer. There are two vane sizes for such sheer blinds. It can also come with semi opaque fabrics or room darkening fabrics. Sheer blinds also come with multiple colors, textures and patterns that suit different kitchen décor and different user needs.
Sheer blinds are used either independently or using a room darkening liner. The liner is for people with privacy concerns but can also be used for aesthetic and décor. For most users however, woven wooden shades offer superb light control over your kitchen. Remember to always use sheer blinds with a vinyl protection layer to protect the blinds from wetness and keep them durable as long as possible.
Faux Wood Blinds/Shades and Shutters
If your kitchen window is located near the food preparation area, the faux wood blinds are the best options for you. They are easy to clean and need only to be wiped with soap water. They are also very durable and will last as long as you want.
Faux wood blinds come with nice grain patterns from the natural wood used to build them. They are also coated in vinyl material known as TruGrain. This is done to protect the blonds from fading, breaking, bowing and warping over time. Since they are near heat sources, this feature is very important. Even under extreme heat, they are built to resist warping and bowing. There are a lot of materials that can be used for faux wood blinds or shades and they include the following: bamboo, tough grass, reeds and a material known as jute. All these materials are durable and last as long as the house can last. Wooden shades are also loved by many due to their ability to resist loss of shape. They hold their shape over many years under good maintenance.
Faux wooden blinds are also resistant to UV rays. They have a UV resistant compound known as Poysatin that prevents the UV rays from destroying the wooden blinds. We know that UV rays can be quite destructive to the blinds and other kitchen equipment without this protection. It also protects the UV rays from getting into the room and fading furniture such as your kitchen cabinets.
Faux wooden blinds and shutters are one of the best options for kitchen blinds today. They are especially wonderful when used on a window that is near the food prep area and tend to soften the metallic look of the sink area by adding a natural feel and look to the kitchen.
Cellular shades are another excellent choice for kitchen blinds. First, they come is a very wide variety of colors. This is important as there is always a cellular shade that matches your home décor. Some cellular shades are also designed with a layer of insulation to regulate the temperature of your kitchen while cooking. There are two major designs with cellular shades: a single cell design and dual honeycomb design. The dual honeycomb design has better insulation and should be considered highly.
We have already said that cellular shades come in very many colors. They also come is very many different fabrics and textures for different user needs. If you want a cellular shade that fits your home décor and design, there is a high chance that it is already there. You can also choose to combine two different textures for a nice artsy touch. They can also be used for sliding doors as they allow control over one shade to operate independently.
Cellular shades are durable and retain their newness for many years. This is because they are built to be resistant to wear and tear, therefore they rarely rack or fade. They are the best choice if you want to be able to regulate the temperature in your kitchen.
Roller shades as the name suggests are work using a roller. They are rolled either up or down to provide or eliminate light in the kitchen. When it comes to light access and control, roller shades are the best option for your kitchen. They also come is very wide variety of colors, textures and designed to match any home kitchen décor and design.
Due to how they work, roller shades add playfulness and flair to a plain kitchen. With their multiple designs and patterns, they fit into any window easily. But perhaps the greatest feature of the rolling shades is their price. The price is always a major factor when looking for the best kitchen blinds. Roller shades are quite affordable and probably the most cost-effective on this list. This is because they do not need another component to be used. All you need to buy are the roller shades and you’re good to go. They are also versatile since they allow you to switch between different fabrics giving your kitchen a new and fresh look each time
Final Verdict On The Best Types Of Blinds For Kitchen Windows
There are many other options to use as kitchen blinds but the ones listed are the best based on price, aesthetic, and location of the window. Kitchen blinds do a lot more than regulate light. They not only add to the interior décor of your home and kitchen, but they also help maintain privacy.
Everything I’ve shared in this post are just ideas and suggestions to help you decide. Ultimately, you’ll have to make a decision based on your specific wants and need. One that will be right for you, your family, and your home.