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Stylish Kitchen Window Treatments for Washington DC Homeowners

October 08, 2015
With regards to looks and usability, your best bet for kitchen window treatments are faux wood shutters or faux wood blinds.

What makes them great for kitchens? Faux wood shutters and blinds are the window treatments that can best stand up to the messes and moisture of the kitchen, while still offering great looks and privacy.

Take a look at how shutters and blinds stand up to the heat, and stay in the kitchen in Washington DC homes.

Faux Wood Shutters – Your Kitchen Windows’ Perfect Match 

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Anything you could ask for from a kitchen window treatment, Washington DC’s best faux wood shutters provide. Think about what you need from any furnishing in your kitchen:
  • It should be waterproof. Steam coming off the stove, splashes from cleaning off dishes, or spilled drinks can destroy the appeal of most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are completely moisture-proof, in addition to their protective coating and finish.

  • It needs to be easily cleaned. Let’s be real – kitchens get messy. So when that spoonful of soup 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 needs to be easy to use. Need to open up the window in a hurry to let steam from dinner escape? Want to set that fresh apple pie on the window sill to cool? Shutters are easy to use, and still let you have full use of your window.

The vast majority of window treatments don’t offer any of those benefits, let alone all of them. Draperies and shades 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 hassle to operate in a pinch.

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Not to mention the fact that faux wood shutters look incredible in the kitchen. With quartz, natural wood and slate countertops at the height of popularity in Washington DC, plantation shutters give your kitchen a look that can rival any designer’s best work.

That’s why Polywood® plantation shutters are a kitchen window’s best friend.

Faux Wood Blinds – Elegant Window Treatment For Contemporary Washington DC Kitchens

Polywood shutters are our top pick for Washington DC kitchens, but it’s not the only window treatment that work in the kitchen. In Washington DC, faux wood blinds are our runner-up for best window treatment for the kitchen.

Washington DC faux wood blinds kitchen

Faux wood is usually going to be moisture-proof, so these blinds are off to a great start already. Faux wood blinds also won’t stain, so, a wet cloth will get them looking pristine again after a mess. Keep in mind that blinds have more slats than shutters have louvers, which means more work to clean. Also bear in mind that certain blind cords could mildew or wither after prolonged exposure to humidity, so be sure to ask about the cord material.

Faux wood blinds are also perfect for windows right by the sink. In some Washington DC kitchens, an appliance or extensive cabinetry might block shutters from opening. With blinds, you don’t need as much room to fully open your window.

Washington DC kitchen blinds 
And their looks ? Gorgeous. They might not be as complementary as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can complement other natural materials like a marble counter or natural wood cabinets and trim.

Frequently Asked Questions about Kitchen Window Treatments

Is there a reason why you don’t recommend fabric window treatments like drapes or shades for my kitchen windows?

Many fabric window treatments such as draperies or shades can easily get stained, making them unsuited for a busy kitchen. The humidity in a kitchen might also result in mildewing.

What’s the best color for my kitchen shutters or blinds?

In a kitchen, you can’t go wrong with neutrals. A solid white or off-white is a great choice, because they’ll match any new appliances or countertops you install in the future. Blacks and browns also work well.

Which 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 heat-resistant?

Polywood plantation shutters are fire-resistant, and will never show discoloring even from longterm exposure to heat, whether from the sun or from the oven.

When should I put in window treatments during a kitchen remodel?

Your window treatments, whether they’re blinds, shades, or shutters, will be one of the last things you do 90% of the time. However, there’s a benefit to involving your shutter company early in your project 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 what we recommend for most Washington DC kitchens, but yours may be better off with a third option. For some personal attention for your windows, get a free in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window experts. Call us at 240-339-2588 or use the form below.

And for window treatment recommendations for the other rooms in your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.