Contemporary Kitchen Window Treatments for Colorado Springs Homes10/08/2015Gary Harding For looks and usability, the best kitchen window treatments are faux wood blinds or faux wood shutters. What makes them great for kitchens? Faux wood blinds and shutters are the best at standing up to the messes and moisture of most kitchens, while still offering great looks and privacy. Take a look at how these window treatments stand up to the heat, and stay in the kitchen in Colorado Springs homes. Faux Wood Shutters Are Your Kitchen Windows’ Perfect Match For all those things you need from a window treatment, Colorado Springs’s best faux wood shutters provide. These are a few things you probably want from any kitchen furnishing: It needs to be waterproof. Steam from boiling pots of water, splashes from washing dishes in the sink, or spilled beverages can destroy the appeal of 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. Let’s face it – kitchens get messy. So when that spoonful of soup flies onto your shutter, all you’ll need is a wipe with a damp cloth to make them look brand-new. It needs to be easy to use. Have to open your window in a hurry 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 offer 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 like drapes are easy to stain, any real wood window treatment can mildew in a humid room like the kitchen, and mini blinds can be a pain to operate in a pinch. Oh, and did we mention that faux wood shutters look absolutely gorgeous in the kitchen? With quartz, hardwood and slate countertops at the height of popularity in Colorado Springs, plantation 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 best friend. Faux Wood Blinds – Vintage Window Treatment For Contemporary Colorado Springs Kitchens Faux wood shutters are our first pick for Colorado Springs kitchens, but they aren’t the only thing that work in the kitchen. In Colorado Springs, faux wood blinds are our second pick for best window treatment for the kitchen. Faux wood is usually going to be moisture-resistant, so we’re headed in the right direction. Since faux wood blinds also won’t stain, a damp 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 keep in mind that certain blind cords might 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 right by the sink. In some Colorado Springs kitchens, your cabinets or appliances might block shutters from opening. With blinds, you don’t need as much room to fully open your window. And their looks are classic. They might not be as universal as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can pair with other natural materials like a limestone counter or hardwood cabinetry and trim. FAQs about Kitchen Window Treatments Why don’t you 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, which means that they’re not ideal for a busy kitchen. The humidity in your kitchen may result in some funky smells seeping into the fabric. What color should I get for kitchen shutters or blinds? For the kitchen, it’s hard to go wrong with a neutral hue. A solid white or near-white is an awesome options, as they’ll match any new countertops or appliances you may purchase in the future. Earthtones also work well. What 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. Shutter panel cut-outs are easily made, and give you full access to your window. Are any of these kitchen window treatments heat-resistant? Polywood 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. When should I put in window treatments during a kitchen remodel? Your window treatments, no matter if they’re shutters, blinds, or shades, should almost always be one of the last parts of a remodel. However, it can be beneficial to involve your shutter vendor early in your redesign to make the whole thing run smoother. Get The Kitchen of Your Dreams With Better Window Treatments Polywood shutters and faux wood blinds are what we recommend for most Colorado Springs kitchens, but yours may be better off with a third option. If you want some personal attention for your windows, schedule a free in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window treatment pros. Call us at 303-625-6431 or use the form below. And for window treatment recommendations for the rest of your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.