Kitchen Curtains or Kitchen Blinds?

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The right choice in a window treatment can make the difference between a functional kitchen and an inviting space.  The right window dressing is essential.

There are many types of curtains and blinds, both of which can add style to your kitchen décor.  Blinds and curtains should consist of material that allows sunlight to enter, but also offers privacy.  The material must be durable and resistant to heat and moisture, while offering functionality and style.

Kitchen curtains offer windows a finished look.  The café curtain adds style and privacy while still allowing light.  It hangs over the bottom half of the window, lending a continental feel.

Fully lined curtains offer privacy and darkness.  The lining also protects the curtain fabric from sun damage.  Thick curtains retain cooking scents, though.

Cotton is the best choice since it is durable, lightweight, and washable.  When selecting a fabric, it is advisable to pick the same tone as the wall but somewhat darker or a subtler color.  Sunlight will pierce unlined curtains and cast color into the kitchen, creating a warm atmosphere.  If you have a small kitchen, light and cool colors make it appear larger and brighter.  Dark, warm colors make a larger kitchen more inviting.  Curtains are best suited for windows that are far from hazards like the oven

In an open area, a full-length curtain made with a complementary fabric can soften the color scheme and distinguish living areas from cooking areas.  Heavy curtains keep warmth in and breezes out, which is perfect for the dining area.

Blinds are an effective and attractive alternative to curtains.  They lighten kitchens in the summer and retain heat during the winter.  Since a kitchen window is typically paired with a sink, PVC and vinyl waterproof roller blinds are advisable, but they will restrict style options.

Slatted blinds require more effort to clean than curtains because the slats draw grime and dust.  They may complement your décor better and will let you adjust the amount of light.

Vinyl blinds, shutters, and solar shades are easily cleaned with soapy water.  Wood blinds can be difficult to clean with wood cleaner, but they offer great aesthetic value.

Venetian blinds feature wide horizontal slats that offer the appearance of larger windows and more space.  Aluminum and wood blinds lend a contemporary appearance.  Polymer and faux wood are easier to maintain since moisture can damage wood blinds.  Vertical blinds feature vertical slats, which are suited for windows that are wider than they are tall.

Roller blinds are discreet.  They cover kitchen windows with a piece of fabric that can be rolled up or down to let in as much light as needed.  If they are near the stove, they can be covered in flame retardant materials like fiberglass or vinyl.

Blinds are often viewed as the more practical option.  They are cheaper and their sleek design suits a food preparation area better than swirling curtains.  Blinds also offer privacy and complement modern glass extensions.