Modern Kitchen Window Treatments for Tampa Homeowners10/08/2015Eric Ramsey When it comes to looks and practicality, the best window treatments for your kitchen are faux wood shutters or faux wood blinds. What makes them the best options? Faux wood shutters and blinds 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 shutters and blinds stand up to the heat, and stay in the kitchen in Tampa homes. Faux Wood Shutters Are Your Kitchen Windows’ Perfect Match Just about anything you could want out of a window treatment for your kitchen, Tampa’s best faux wood shutters provide. These are a few things you probably want out of any kitchen furnishing: It should be waterproof. Steam coming off the stove, splashes from the sink, and spilled beverages can spell disaster 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 dirty. So when that tomato sauce flies onto your shutter, all it takes is a wipe with a slightly wet cloth to get them back to their original shine. It should be easy to use. Want to open up the window quickly to let smoke or steam out? Want to set that fresh apple pie on the window sill to cool? Shutters are simple to use, and still let you have full access to your window. The vast majority of window treatments don’t offer any of those benefits, let alone all of them. Draperies and shades can easily stain, any real wood window treatment can mildew in a humid room like the kitchen, and mini blinds can be a hassle to open or shut in a pinch. Oh, and did we mention that plantation shutters look amazing in the kitchen? With quartz, hardwood and limestone countertops at the height of popularity in Tampa, plantation shutters give your kitchen a look that’s as gorgeous as anything you’ll see in a designer boutique. That’s why Polywood® plantation shutters are a kitchen window’s perfect match. Faux Wood Blinds – Vintage Window Treatment For Modern Tampa Kitchens Faux wood shutters are our #1 pick for Tampa kitchens, but it’s not the only window treatment that will work. In Tampa, faux wood blinds are our runner-up for best kitchen window covering. Faux wood is usually water resistant, so we’re headed in the right direction. Since faux wood blinds are also stain-proof, 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 keep in mind that certain blind cords can rot or shrivel after prolonged exposure to humidity, so ask your window treatment provider about the cord material. Faux wood blinds are a great addition to windows near the sink. In some Tampa 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? 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. Frequently Asked Questions about Kitchen Window Treatments Is there a reason why you don’t recommend fabric window treatments like drapes or shades for my kitchen windows? Many fabric window treatments like shades and drapes are easy to stain, making them not ideal for a busy kitchen. The humidity in a kitchen may result in some funky smells seeping into the fabric. What color should I get for my kitchen shutters or blinds? In a kitchen, your best bet is a neutral tone. A solid white or off-white is a great options, since they’ll match any new appliances or countertops you might put in down the road. 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! Shutter panel cut-outs are easily made, and give you full access to your window. Are any of these kitchen window treatments fire-resistant? Polywood plantation shutters are fire-resistant, and will never scorch even from longterm exposure to heat, no matter if it’s from the sun or from the oven. During a kitchen remodel, when should I install new window treatments? Your window treatments, whether they’re shutters, shades or blinds, should be one of the last things you do 90% of the time. However, it may be beneficial to involve your window treatment company early on in your remodel to coordinate timelines, and better match styles and colors. Get The Kitchen of Your Dreams With Better Window Treatments Faux wood shutters and faux wood blinds are our top picks for most Tampa kitchens, but each kitchen is unique. For some personal attention for your windows, set up a free in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window treatment pros. Call us at 813-580-7288 or use the form below. And for window treatment picks for the other rooms in your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.