In many homes, the kitchen is the main hub of family activity. Even in homes where the activity is lighter, a lot of time is spent in the kitchen preparing meals. You want your kitchen to be a place that brings comfort and joy while in it, making your time there as pleasant as possible. One of the best ways to influence the mood of your kitchen is by considering and choosing window coverings that help convey the message you want to make. Let's explore the many ways kitchen window treatments can help create the mood you want in your kitchen.
Form and Function
The first thing that you need to do is consider what all the kitchen is used for. Is it simply a place to prepare a quick meal or do you spend a great amount of time there? This is important to do because it will help you decide if you want something that is intended to keep privacy in the kitchen or if you want to make the kitchen look elegant, homey or cheerful. Do you want a lot of natural light or do you prefer indoor lighting? Do you cook a lot of food that will cause smoke or grease to settle on the kitchen window coverings or are food smells and vapor contained?
All of these answers will help you determine the material of your window coverings. It will also give you an idea of the style that meets your needs the best. If you will be cooking often and have smells and steam rising, you will want to consider coverings that will be easy to clean, stand up to frequent heat and still meet your desired look. This could include faux wood coverings and those with extra wide surfaces that will make cleaning quicker. Faux blinds serve this purpose very well. They come in a variety of slat widths and are made of material that is easy to clean, yet they look beautiful.
The use of the kitchen helps determine the function you want the kitchen window treatment to serve. If you want a lot of natural light, you might consider adding only a valance or a sheer curtain. Another option would be window shadings . These offer both privacy and the ability to allow as much or little light in as you wish, from full-blown sun to a soft glow from outside.
These are one of your most versatile options. If, the light coming through the window is bothersome for some reason, a room darkening blind would be the better choice. If the room gets either too hot or too cold, a thermal curtain will help regulate the temperature. Honeycomb shades work well in this aspect. These can be bought in opacity levels from simple light filtering to complete blackout, which also makes them popular for other rooms besides the kitchen. Honeycomb shades are also an excellent choice if you have an unusual-shaped window in your kitchen.
Color, Contrast and Texture
When considering kitchen window treatments, do not disregard things like the color and pattern, contrast with the other kitchen decor and the texture of the material. We often consider the kitchen window treatments as entirely separate than the rest of a room, but it is here that you can bring the entire look of the kitchen together.
Color has long been known for its psychological properties. Bright colors can add sparkle to not only the kitchen, but also the moods of those who spend time there. Yellow is often the color of choice for kitchens, but maybe you want to consider another color. Whatever your preference may be, choose kitchen window treatments to help enhance the rest of the room.
Patterns are tricky. If the kitchen is already busy or there are a lot of different patterns visible, consider solid color for the windows. However, if you have two colors that may look out of sorts with each other, a pattern that incorporates both colors can pull the whole look together and eliminate the discourse.
Another thing to consider is contrast. Having a kitchen that looks pristine in mostly white can appear a bit too sterile. Adding kitchen window treatment in a dark color will warm the look of the whole room, making it appear more inviting.
Kitchen window treatments are wonderful places to explore your creativity. Consider using curtains that are normally found in a living room or bedroom to add a touch of elegance to the room. Wooden or wooden-look kitchen window treatments will add some rustic charm to an otherwise modern kitchen. Don't be afraid to try anything that may enter your mind as this is the room where your personality can be expressed without limits.
By making your kitchen as inviting as possible, you make it into a place where family and friends can spend time, enjoy visiting and coming together for either a quick morning breakfast or a relaxing evening of family togetherness. A beautiful kitchen makes the time spent there seem more like pleasure than work. You just may find yourself enjoying cooking and doing dishes.
Once you have decided what you want to do in the way of kitchen window treatment, a visit to All About Blinds can help you get what your imagination has envisioned. Our professionals will help you whether you already know what you are looking for or have no clue what exactly would be best.