Stylish Kitchen Window Treatments for Boise Homeowners10/08/2015Spencer Madsen When it comes to looks and practicality, the best kitchen window treatments are faux wood shutters or faux wood blinds. Why are those two 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, all while giving you stylish looks and privacy. See how shutters and blinds stand up to the heat, and stay in the kitchen in Boise homes. Faux Wood Shutters – Your Kitchen Windows’ Best Friend For all those things you need from a window treatment, Boise’s best faux wood shutters offer. Think about what you need out of any kitchen furnishing: It needs to be moisture resistant. Steam from boiling pots, splashes from the sink, or spilled beverages can ruin most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are totally moisture-proof, as well as coated with an extra layer of protective finish. 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 slightly wet cloth to make them good as new. It needs to be easy to operate. Have to open up the window quickly to let steam from dinner escape? Trying to set that fresh apple pie on the window sill to cool? Shutters are some of the easiest window treatments to operate, and give you full access to your window. Most other 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 easily become warped in a humid room like the kitchen, and mini blinds can be a pain to open and close in a pinch. Not to mention the fact that plantation shutters look absolutely gorgeous in the kitchen. With marble, natural wood and slate countertops all the rage in Boise, 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 perfect match. Faux Wood Blinds – Classic Window Treatment For Contemporary Boise Kitchens Plantation shutters are our top recommendation for Boise kitchens, but they aren’t the only thing that work in the kitchen. In Boise, faux wood blinds are our second pick for best window treatment for the kitchen. Faux wood is usually water resistant, so they’re already halfway there. Since faux wood blinds are also stain-proof, a damp cloth will get them looking pristine again after a mess. Remember that blinds are a little more work to clean than shutters due to the size and number of slats. Also remember that certain blind cords can rot or wither after prolonged exposure to humidity, so be sure to ask about the cord material. Faux wood blinds are also perfect for windows near the sink. In some Boise kitchens, cabinetry or an appliance might block shutters from opening. With blinds, you don’t need as much room to fully open your window. And their looks? Gorgeous. They may not be as versatile as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can pair with other natural materials such as a limestone countertop or natural wood cabinetry and trim. Frequently Asked Questions about Kitchen Window Treatments Why don’t you recommend fabric window treatments like drapes or shades for my kitchen windows? Most fabric window treatments such as draperies or shades tend to stain easily, making them impractical for a busy kitchen. The moisture and humidity in your kitchen might also result in mildewing. Do you recommend a certain color for my kitchen shutters or blinds? In a kitchen, you can’t go wrong with neutrals. A solid white or near-white is a great options, since they’ll match any modern appliances or countertops you might put in down the road. Earthtones also work well. Which 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 there any kitchen window treatments that are heat-resistant? Polywood plantation shutters are fire-resistant, and will never show discoloring even from prolonged heat exposure, whether from the sun or from the oven. 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 almost always be one of the last parts of a remodel. However, there’s a benefit to involving your window treatment vendor 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 what we recommend for most Boise kitchens, but yours may be better off with a third option. For some personal attention for your windows, get a free in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window experts. Call us at 208-609-9129 or use the form below. And for window treatment tips for any other room in your house, check out our Total Room Window Guide.