Contemporary Kitchen Window Treatments for Denver Homeowners10/08/2015Gary Harding For looks and practicality, your best bet for kitchen window treatments are faux wood shutters or faux wood blinds. What makes them great for kitchens? Faux wood blinds and shutters are the window treatments that can best stand up to the messes and wetness of most kitchens, while still offering great looks and privacy. See how these window treatments can stand the heat, and stay in the kitchen in Denver homes. Faux Wood Shutters Are A Kitchen Window’s Perfect Match Just about anything you could want out of a window treatment for your kitchen, Denver’s best faux wood shutters provide. Think about what you need out of any kitchen furnishing: It needs to be moisture-proof. Steam coming off the stove, splashes from washing dishes in the sink, or spilled drinks can destroy the appeal of most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are completely moisture-proof, as well as coated with an extra layer of protective finish. It needs to be easily cleaned. It’s a fact – kitchens get dirty. So when that spoonful of soup flies onto your shutter, all you’ll need is a wipe with a slightly wet cloth to make them look brand-new. It needs to be easy to use. Need to open your window in a hurry to let steam from dinner escape? Need to put your freshly baked pie on the window sill to cool? Shutters are some of the easiest window treatments to use, and offer full access to your window. Most other window treatments can’t do any of those, 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 aluminum blinds can be a pain to operate in a pinch. Not to mention the fact that faux wood shutters look absolutely gorgeous in the kitchen. With marble, hardwood and slate countertops at the height of popularity in Denver, plantation shutters give your kitchen a look that can rival any kitchen on HGTV. That’s why Polywood® plantation shutters are a kitchen window’s perfect match. Faux Wood Blinds – Elegant Window Treatment For Contemporary Denver Kitchens Polywood shutters are our top pick for Denver kitchens, but they aren’t the only thing that we’d recommend. In Denver, faux wood blinds are our runner-up for best kitchen window covering. Faux wood is usually water resistant, so they’re already on the right track. Faux wood blinds also won’t stain, so, a wet cloth will get them looking pristine again after a mess. Bear 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 could rot or wither after prolonged exposure to humidity, so be sure to ask about the cord material. Faux wood blinds are great on windows near the sink. In some Denver kitchens, your cabinets or appliances might block shutters from opening. With blinds, a pull of the cord will open up your view. And their looks? Gorgeous. They might not be as complementary as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can accentuate other natural materials like a granite counter or hardwood cabinetry and trim. Common Questions about Kitchen Window Treatments Why don’t you recommend shades or drapes for windows in the kitchen? Many fabric window treatments like draperies or shades are easy to stain, making them unsuited for a busy kitchen. The humidity in your kitchen can also cause them to mildew easily. 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 near-white is an awesome options, because they’ll match any new countertops or appliances you may purchase in the future. Blacks, grays and earthtones also work well. What 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. Which kitchen window treatments are fire-resistant? Polywood plantation shutters are fire-resistant, and won’t show discoloring even from longterm exposure to heat, no matter if it’s from the sun or from the range. If I’m remodeling my kitchen, when should I put in new window treatments? Your window treatments, whether they’re blinds, shades, or shutters, will be one of the last things you do 90% of the time. However, it might be beneficial to involve your shutter installer early on in your remodel to make the whole thing run smoother. Get The Kitchen of Your Dreams With Better Window Treatments Polywood shutters and faux wood blinds are our top picks for most Denver kitchens, but your kitchen might be different. For some personal attention for your windows, get an in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window experts. Call us at 720-538-0182 or use the form below. And for window treatment tips for the rest of your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.