Stylish Kitchen Window Treatments for New York City Homeowners10/08/2015Matt Thelander When it comes to looks and usability, the best kitchen window treatments are faux wood blinds or faux wood shutters. Why are those two the best options? Faux wood shutters and blinds are the best at standing up to the messes and moisture of the kitchen, all while giving you stylish looks and privacy. See how shutters and blinds stand up to the heat, and stay in the kitchen in New York City homes. Faux Wood Shutters Are A Kitchen Window’s Best Friend Anything you could ask for from a kitchen window treatment, New York City’s best faux wood shutters offer. Think about what you need from any kitchen furnishing: It should be waterproof. Steam rising from a skillet, splashes from washing dishes in the sink, or spilled drinks can destroy the appeal of most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are completely moisture-proof, and coated with a protective finish to prevent damage. It should be easily cleaned. It’s a fact – kitchens get dirty. So when that tomato sauce flies toward your window and onto your shutters, all it takes is a wipe with a slightly wet cloth to make them look brand-new. It needs to be easy to use. Want to open up the window quickly to let steam from dinner escape? Need to sit that pie fresh from the oven on the window sill to cool? Shutters are some of the easiest window treatments to operate, 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. Fabric window treatments such as shades are easy to stain, anything made of wood can mildew in a humid room like the kitchen, and aluminum blinds can be a pain to open and close in a pinch. Oh, and did we mention that plantation shutters look amazing in the kitchen? With marble, hardwood and limestone countertops at the height of popularity in New York City, plantation shutters give your kitchen a look that’s as gorgeous as any kitchen on HGTV. That’s why Polywood® plantation shutters are a kitchen window’s perfect match. Faux Wood Blinds – Classic Window Treatment For Contemporary New York City Kitchens Faux wood shutters are our first pick for New York City kitchens, but it’s not the only window treatment that will work. In New York City, faux wood blinds are our runner-up 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 are also stain-proof, a damp cloth will get them looking pristine again after a mess. Keep in mind 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 could rot or wither after a long period of exposure to moisture, so be sure to ask about the cord material. Faux wood blinds are a great addition to windows near the sink. In some New York City 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 gorgeous. They may not be as versatile as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can easily match other natural elements like a granite counter or hardwood cabinets and trim. FAQs 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 such as draperies or shades are easy to stain, so they’re impractical for a busy kitchen. The moisture in your kitchen can also cause them to mildew easily. What color should I get for kitchen shutters or blinds? For the kitchen, your best bet is a neutral tone. A solid white or near-white is a great pick, since they’ll match any new countertops or appliances you install in the future. Blacks, grays and earthtones also work well. Which 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. Which kitchen window treatments are heat-resistant? Polywood plantation shutters are fire-resistant, and will never show discoloring even from prolonged heat exposure, no matter if it’s from the sun or from the range. If I’m remodeling my kitchen, when should I put in new window treatments? Your window treatments, no matter if they’re shutters, blinds, or shades, will usually be the last part of a remodel. However, there’s a benefit to involving your window treatment installer 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 our top picks for most New York City kitchens, but your kitchen might be different. For some personal attention for your windows, get a free in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window treatment pros. Call us at 631-246-3930 or use the form below. And for window treatment picks for the rest of your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.