Contemporary Kitchen Window Treatments for Indianapolis Homes10/08/2015Bill Burke For looks and practicality, the best choice for kitchen window treatments are faux wood blinds or faux wood shutters. Why are those two the best options? Faux wood shutters and blinds are the best at standing up to the messes and humidity of most kitchens, in addition to giving you privacy and fantastic looks. See how faux wood blinds and shutters can stand the heat, and stay in the kitchen in Indianapolis homes. Faux Wood Shutters – Your Kitchen Windows’ Best Friend Just about anything you could want out of a window treatment for your kitchen, Indianapolis’s best faux wood shutters provide. Think about what you need from any kitchen furnishing: It needs to be moisture resistant. Steam rising from a skillet, splashes from cleaning off dishes, or spilled drinks can spell disaster most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are 100% moisture-proof, in addition to their protective coating and finish. It should be easily cleaned. Let’s face it – kitchens get dirty. So when that spoonful of soup flies onto your shutter, all you’ll need is a wipe with a damp cloth to get them back to their original shine. It needs to be easy to use. Want to open up the window quickly to let smoke or steam out? Trying to set that fresh apple pie on the window sill to cool? Shutters are some of the easiest window treatments to use, and give you full use of your window. The vast majority of window treatments don’t offer any of those benefits, let alone all of them. Fabric window treatments such as shades can easily stain, any real wood window treatment won’t handle the moisture in a humid room like the kitchen, and metal blinds can be a pain to operate in a pinch. Oh, and did we mention that plantation shutters look amazing in the kitchen? With marble, natural wood and limestone countertops at the height of popularity in Indianapolis, faux wood shutters give your kitchen a look that can rival any designer’s best work. That’s why Polywood® plantation shutters are your kitchen windows’ best friend. Faux Wood Blinds – Classic Window Treatment For Modern Indianapolis Kitchens Plantation shutters are our top pick for Indianapolis kitchens, but they aren’t the only thing that work in the kitchen. In Indianapolis, faux wood blinds are our second pick for best window treatment for the kitchen. Faux wood is typically going to be moisture-resistant, so these blinds are off to a great start already. Since faux wood blinds also won’t stain, 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 can mildew or wither after prolonged exposure to humidity, so ask your window treatment provider about the cord material. Faux wood blinds are a great addition to windows above the sink. In some Indianapolis kitchens, your cabinets or appliances might not allow you enough room to open shutters completely. With blinds, a pull of the cord will open up your view. And their looks are classic. They may not be as universal as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can accentuate other natural materials like a marble countertop or hardwood cabinetry and trim. FAQs about Kitchen Window Treatments Is there a reason why you don’t recommend fabric window treatments like drapes or shades for windows in the kitchen? Many fabric window treatments such as draperies or shades are easy to stain, so they’re impractical for a busy kitchen. The moisture in your kitchen may result in some funky smells seeping into the fabric. What’s the best color for my kitchen shutters or blinds? For the kitchen, it’s hard to go wrong with a neutral hue. A solid white or near-white is a great options, as they’ll match any new appliances or countertops you may purchase in the future. Earthtones also work well. Which window treatment should I get if my kitchen window uses a crank to open? If your kitchen windows use a crank, you can still put in shutters. 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 shutters are fire-resistant, and will never show discoloring even from prolonged heat exposure, either from the sun or from the range. When should I put in window treatments during a kitchen remodel? Your window treatments, no matter if they’re shades, blinds, or shutters, should be one of the last things you do 90% of the time. However, there’s a benefit to involving your shutter 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 what we recommend for most Indianapolis kitchens, but yours may be better off with a third option. For some personal attention for your windows, schedule an in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window treatment pros. Call us at 317-558-9066 or use the form below. And for window treatment picks for any other room in your house, check out our Total Room Window Guide.