Stylish Kitchen Window Treatments for Orlando Homeowners10/08/2015Todd Hansen When it comes to looks and practicality, the best kitchen window treatments are faux wood blinds or faux wood shutters. What makes them the best options? Faux wood blinds and shutters are the window treatments that can best stand up to the messes and humidity of most kitchens, in addition to giving you privacy and fantastic looks. Take a look at how shutters and blinds can stand the heat, and stay in the kitchen in Orlando homes. Faux Wood Shutters – Your Kitchen Windows’ Perfect Match Anything you could ask for from a kitchen window treatment, Orlando’s best faux wood shutters provide. Think about what you need out of any kitchen furnishing: It should be moisture resistant. Steam rising from a skillet, splashes from washing dishes in the sink, or spilled drinks can spell disaster most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are 100% moisture-proof, in addition to their protective coating and finish. It needs to be easily cleaned. Let’s be real – kitchens get dirty. So when that spoonful of soup flies onto your shutter, all you’ll need is a wipe with a damp cloth to get them back to their original shine. It should be easy to operate. Have to open your 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 easy to use, and still let you have full use of 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, any real wood window treatment won’t handle the moisture in a humid room like the kitchen, and metal blinds can be a hassle to open or shut in a pinch. Oh, and did we mention that plantation shutters look fantastic in the kitchen? With quartz, natural wood and limestone countertops all the rage in Orlando, faux wood shutters give your kitchen a look that’s as gorgeous as any designer’s best work. That’s why Polywood® plantation shutters are a kitchen window’s best friend. Faux Wood Blinds – Classic Window Treatment For Modern Orlando Kitchens Faux wood shutters are our top recommendation for Orlando kitchens, but it’s not the only window treatment that work in the kitchen. In Orlando, faux wood blinds are our runner-up for best window treatment for the kitchen. Faux wood is typically water resistant, so they’re already halfway there. Since faux wood blinds also won’t stain, a damp cloth will get them looking pristine again after a mess. Keep in mind that blinds have more slats than shutters have louvers, which means more work to clean. Also keep in mind that certain blind cords might rot 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 right by the sink. In some Orlando kitchens, your cabinets or appliances might block shutters from opening. 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 pair with other natural elements such as a granite counter or hardwood cabinets and trim. Common Questions about Kitchen Window Treatments Why don’t you recommend shades or drapes for my kitchen windows? Most fabric window treatments like draperies or shades tend to stain easily, making them not ideal for a busy kitchen. The moisture in your kitchen might also result in mildewing. Do you recommend a certain color for kitchen shutters or blinds? For the kitchen, it’s hard to go wrong with a neutral hue. A solid white or near-white is an awesome options, because they’ll complement any modern appliances or countertops you might put in down the road. Blacks and browns also work well. What window treatment do I need if my kitchen window is a casement? If your kitchen windows are casement windows, shutters will still work! We offer shutters with cut-out panels, giving you full access to your window. Are any of these kitchen window treatments heat-resistant? Polywood plantation shutters are fire-resistant, and will never show discoloring even from longterm heat exposure, whether from the sun or from the stovetop. 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 company early in your redesign 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 Orlando kitchens, but your kitchen might be different. For some personal attention for your windows, set up an in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window treatment pros. Call us at 407-630-7011 or use the form below. And for window treatment recommendations for the rest of your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.