Modern Kitchen Window Treatments for San Diego Homeowners10/08/2015Tyson Williams When it comes to looks and practicality, the best choice for window treatments for your kitchen 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. See how shutters and blinds can stand the heat, and stay in the kitchen in San Diego homes. Faux Wood Shutters – Your Kitchen Windows’ Best Friend Anything you could ask for from a kitchen window treatment, San Diego’s best faux wood shutters offer. These are a few things you probably want out of any kitchen furnishing: It needs to be moisture-proof. Steam rising from a skillet, splashes from the sink, and spilled beverages can ruin most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are totally moisture-proof, and coated with a protective finish to prevent damage. It should be easy to clean. Face it – kitchens get dirty. So if some tomato sauce flies toward your window and onto your shutters, all it takes is a wipe with a damp cloth to get them back to their original shine. It should be easy to use. Want to open up the window quickly to let out steam or smoke? Trying to put your freshly baked pie on the window sill to cool? Shutters are some of the easiest window treatments to operate, and still let you have full access to your window. Most other window treatments can’t do any of those, let alone all of them. Shades or drapes can easily stain, any real wood window treatment won’t last long in a humid room like the kitchen, and aluminum blinds can be a hassle to open and close in a pinch. Oh, and did we mention that plantation shutters look absolutely gorgeous in the kitchen? With marble, natural wood and slate countertops at the height of popularity in San Diego, faux wood shutters give your kitchen a look that’s as beautiful as any designer’s best work. That’s why Polywood® plantation shutters are a kitchen window’s perfect match. Faux Wood Blinds – Vintage Window Treatment For Modern San Diego Kitchens Polywood shutters are our first recommendation for San Diego kitchens, but it’s not the only window treatment that will work. In San Diego, faux wood blinds are our runner-up for best window treatment for the kitchen. Faux wood is typically going to be water resistant, so they’re already halfway there. Since faux wood blinds also won’t stain, a wet cloth will get them looking pristine again after a mess. Bear in mind that more blind slats will mean more surface area to clean compared to shutters. Also remember that certain blind cords might mildew or wither after a long period of 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 San Diego 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 might not be as versatile as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can pair with other natural elements like a limestone countertop or natural wood cabinets and trim. Frequently Asked Questions about Kitchen Window Treatments Is there a reason why you don’t recommend shades or drapes for my kitchen windows? The majority of fabric window treatments such as draperies or shades can easily get stained, which means that they’re unsuited for a busy kitchen. The humidity in your kitchen may result in some funky smells seeping into the fabric. What’s the best color for kitchen shutters or blinds? For the kitchen, you can’t go wrong with neutrals. A solid white or near-white is a great options, since they’ll match any new appliances or countertops you might put in down the road. Earthtones also work well. Which window treatment should I get if my kitchen window is a casement? If your kitchen windows are casement windows, you can still put in shutters. We offer shutters with cut-out panels, giving you full access to your window. Which kitchen window treatments are fire-resistant? Polywood shutters are fire-resistant, and will never scorch even from longterm heat exposure, 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, no matter if they’re shades, blinds, or shutters, should be one of the last things you do 90% of the time. However, it might be beneficial to involve your window treatment installer early on in your remodel 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 our top picks for most San Diego kitchens, but yours may be better off with a third option. If you want some personal attention for your windows, set up a free in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window experts. Call us at 760-405-8887 or use the form below. And for window treatment tips for any other room in your house, check out our Total Room Window Guide.