Modern Kitchen Window Treatments for Southern California Homeowners10/08/2015Kimball Jones For looks and usability, the best choice for kitchen window treatments are faux wood blinds or faux wood shutters. What makes them great for kitchens? Faux wood shutters and blinds are the best at standing up to the messes and humidity of most kitchens, all while giving you stylish looks and privacy. Take a look at how shutters and blinds stand up to the heat, and stay in the kitchen in Southern California homes. Faux Wood Shutters Are A Kitchen Window’s Best Friend Just about anything you could want out of a window treatment for your kitchen, Southern California’s best faux wood shutters provide. Think about what you need out of any kitchen furnishing: It needs to be waterproof. Steam rising from a skillet, splashes from cleaning off dishes, or spilled beverages can spell disaster most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are totally moisture-proof, in addition to their protective coating and finish. It needs to be easily cleaned. Let’s face it – kitchens get dirty. So when that tomato sauce flies onto your shutter, all it takes is a wipe with a damp cloth to get them back to their original shine. It should be easy to operate. Need to open your 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 use, and give you full access to your window. The vast majority of window treatments can’t do any of those, let alone all of them. Fabric window treatments such as shades are easy to stain, anything made of wood won’t handle the moisture in a humid room like the kitchen, and aluminum blinds can be a hassle to open or shut in a pinch. Not to mention the fact that faux wood shutters look incredible in the kitchen. With marble, hardwood and limestone countertops all the rage in Southern California, plantation shutters give your kitchen a look that’s as gorgeous as anything in a design magazine. That’s why Polywood® plantation shutters are a kitchen window’s perfect match. Faux Wood Blinds – Vintage Window Treatment For Modern Southern California Kitchens Plantation shutters are our #1 recommendation for Southern California kitchens, but they aren’t the only thing that will work. In Southern California, faux wood blinds are our second pick for best window treatment for the kitchen. Faux wood is typically going to be water 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. Remember that blinds have more slats than shutters have louvers, which means more work to clean. Also remember that certain blind cords could mildew or shrivel after prolonged exposure to humidity, so ask your window treatment provider about the cord material. Faux wood blinds are also perfect for windows above the sink. In some Southern California kitchens, an appliance or extensive cabinetry 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 universal as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can pair with other natural elements such as a limestone counter or hardwood cabinetry and trim. FAQs 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 like shades and drapes can easily get stained, which means that they’re impractical for a busy kitchen. The moisture and humidity in a kitchen can also cause them to mildew easily. Do you recommend a certain color for my kitchen shutters or blinds? In a kitchen, your best bet is a neutral tone. A solid white or near-white is a great pick, as they’ll complement 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. We offer shutters with cut-out panels, giving you full access to your window. Are any of these kitchen window treatments fire-resistant? Polywood shutters are fire-resistant, and will never scorch even from prolonged 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, 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 window treatment company 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 our top picks for most Southern California kitchens, but each kitchen is unique. If you want some personal attention for your windows, schedule a free in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window experts. Call us at 888-611-2474 or use the form below. And for window treatment picks for any other room in your house, check out our Total Room Window Guide.