Stylish Kitchen Window Treatments for New Brunswick Homeowners10/08/2015Mike Horn When it comes to looks and usability, the best choice for window treatments for your kitchen 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, in addition to giving you privacy and fantastic looks. See how shutters and blinds can stand the heat, and stay in the kitchen in New Brunswick homes. Faux Wood Shutters – A Kitchen Window’s Best Friend For all those things you need from a window treatment, New Brunswick’s best faux wood shutters provide. These are a few things you probably want from any kitchen furnishing: It needs to be moisture-proof. Steam rising from a skillet, splashes from washing dishes in the sink, or spilled beverages can ruin most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are 100% 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 dirty. So when that spoonful of soup flies toward your window and onto your shutters, all you’ll need is a wipe with a damp cloth to make them look brand-new. It should be easy to operate. Want to open up the window quickly to let smoke or steam out? Want to sit that pie fresh from the oven on the window sill to cool? Shutters are simple to use, and give you full use of your window. Most other window treatments don’t offer any of those benefits, let alone all of them. Draperies and shades are easy to stain, anything made of wood won’t last long in a humid room like the kitchen, and mini blinds can be a hassle to operate in a pinch. Not to mention the fact that plantation shutters look absolutely gorgeous in the kitchen. With quartz, hardwood and slate countertops all the rage in New Brunswick, faux wood shutters give your kitchen a look that can rival any designer’s best work. That’s why Polywood® plantation shutters are a kitchen window’s best friend. Faux Wood Blinds – Elegant Window Treatment For Contemporary New Brunswick Kitchens Plantation shutters are our #1 pick for New Brunswick kitchens, but it’s not the only window treatment that work in the kitchen. In New Brunswick, faux wood blinds are our second pick for best window treatment for the kitchen. Faux wood is typically going to be moisture-proof, 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. 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 might mildew or shrivel after a long period of exposure to humidity, so ask your window treatment provider about the cord material. Faux wood blinds are also perfect for windows near the sink. In some New Brunswick kitchens, your cabinets or appliances might not allow you enough room to open shutters completely. With blinds, you don’t need as much room to fully open your window. And their looks are absolutely stunning. They may not be as complementary as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can complement other natural elements such as a granite counter 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 windows in the kitchen? The majority of fabric window treatments like draperies or shades are easy to stain, making them unsuited for a busy kitchen. The moisture in a kitchen can also cause them to mildew easily. What color should I get for my kitchen shutters or blinds? In a kitchen, it’s hard to go wrong with a neutral hue. A solid white or near-white is a great options, since they’ll complement any new appliances or countertops you install in the future. Earthtones also work well. What window treatment do I need 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 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 range. When should I put in window treatments during a kitchen remodel? Your window treatments, whether they’re blinds, shutters, or shades, will usually be the last part of a remodel. However, there’s a benefit to involving 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 Polywood shutters and faux wood blinds are what we recommend for most New Brunswick kitchens, but each kitchen is unique. For some personal attention for your windows, get a free in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window treatment pros. Call us at 732-301-6168 or use the form below. And for window treatment picks for the rest of your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.