6 TIPS for Great Window Treatments in the Kitchen
Spruce up those windows to make your kitchen more attractive with six easy-to-do ideas
1. LESS IS MORE… AND TRENDY!
Take down those heavy window coverings and replace them with clean, simple shades. If you prefer fabric décor around your window, consider using an upholstered cornice, says Sue Pelley, national spokesperson for Interiors by Decorating Den.
2. LET THE LIGHT IN!
Natural light in the kitchen is essential. "Pleated shades offer a privacy treatment and still allow plenty of light," says Pelley. Select window treatments that will allow natural light to enter your home, while still enhancing the appearance of your windows.
3. COLOR IS KEY!
Spruce up your windows by adding a splash of current or trendy colors.
"The terra cotta shades are very 'in' mixed with greens, blacks and golds," says Pelley. "You can also mix cotton fabric prints, either within a treatment or coordinating a print in the valance or cornice with another print on the cushion seats or place mats."
If your kitchen is on the smaller side, light and cool colors will make it look bigger and brighter! Alternatively, dark, warm colors will make a large kitchen seem more inviting.
4. INCORPORATE TEXTURE
Window coverings are available in a variety of materials to enhance the décor in your home. Rattan, bamboo and other natural fibers, "Add visual interest with their texture,” says Pelley.
5. SOFTEN DIRECT LIGHT
A bright kitchen can feel clean, fresh and larger, but too much direct sunlight can make them hot and unpleasant to work in. Wood blinds, are an excellent solution; filtering the light without looking heavy.
6. ADD SOME CURVES
"There are typically lots of straight lines in the kitchen — the cabinets, the appliances, the counters —everything is straight or square," says Pelley. "It's a good idea to add a window treatment with soft curves to open the space up, especially in a small kitchen."