Stylish Kitchen Window Treatments for San Antonio Homes10/08/2015Tyler Jorgensen When it comes to looks and usability, your best bet for window treatments for your kitchen 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 moisture of the kitchen, in addition to giving you privacy and fantastic looks. See how faux wood blinds and shutters can stand the heat, and stay in the kitchen in San Antonio homes. Faux Wood Shutters – Your Kitchen Windows’ Perfect Match Anything you could ask for from a kitchen window treatment, San Antonio’s best faux wood shutters provide. Think about what you need from any kitchen furnishing: It should be moisture-proof. Steam from boiling pots, splashes from cleaning off dishes, or spilled drinks can spell disaster most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are totally moisture-proof, in addition to their protective coating and finish. It should be easily cleaned. Let’s be real – kitchens get dirty. So when that tomato sauce flies onto your shutter, all it takes is a wipe with a slightly wet cloth to get them back to their original shine. It needs to be easy to use. Want to open up the window quickly to let steam from dinner escape? Trying to sit that pie fresh from the oven on the window sill to cool? Shutters are some of the easiest window treatments to use, and still let you have full use of your window. Most other 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 won’t handle the moisture in a humid room like the kitchen, and mini blinds can be a pain to operate in a pinch. Oh, and did we mention that faux wood shutters look absolutely gorgeous in the kitchen? With quartz, hardwood and limestone countertops at the height of popularity in San Antonio, faux wood shutters give your kitchen a look that can rival anything you’ll see in a designer boutique. That’s why Polywood® plantation shutters are a kitchen window’s perfect match. Faux Wood Blinds – Classic Window Treatment For Modern San Antonio Kitchens Plantation shutters are our first recommendation for San Antonio kitchens, but they aren’t the only thing that we’d recommend. In San Antonio, faux wood blinds are our second pick for best window treatment for the kitchen. Faux wood is usually going to be water resistant, so we’re headed in the right direction. Since faux wood blinds also won’t stain, a wet cloth will get them looking pristine again after a mess. Bear in mind that blinds have more slats than shutters have louvers, which means more work to clean. Also bear in mind that certain blind cords could rot or shrivel after a long period of exposure to moisture, so be sure to ask about the cord material. Faux wood blinds are also perfect for windows right by the sink. In some San Antonio kitchens, cabinetry or an appliance might block shutters from opening. With blinds, a pull of the cord will open up your view. And their looks are gorgeous. They may not be as universal as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can accentuate other natural materials like a marble counter or natural wood cabinetry and trim. Common Questions about Kitchen Window Treatments Why don’t you recommend shades or drapes for windows in the kitchen? Many fabric window treatments like draperies or shades tend to stain easily, which means that they’re unsuited for a busy kitchen. The humidity in a kitchen might also result in mildewing. Do you recommend a certain color for my kitchen shutters or blinds? In a kitchen, your best bet is a neutral tone. A solid white or near-white is a great options, since they’ll match any new appliances or countertops you install in the future. Blacks, grays and earthtones also work well. What 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. Are any of these kitchen window treatments fire-resistant? Polywood shutters are fire-resistant, and will never scorch even from longterm heat exposure, no matter if it’s from the sun or from the oven. When should I put in window treatments during a kitchen remodel? Your window treatments, whether they’re shutters, shades or blinds, will usually be the last part of a remodel. However, there’s a benefit to involving your shutter company early on in your remodel to make the whole thing run smoother. Get The Kitchen of Your Dreams With Better Window Treatments Polywood shutters and faux wood blinds are what we recommend for most San Antonio kitchens, but your kitchen might be different. For some personal attention for your windows, schedule a free in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window experts. Call us at 210-876-0377 or use the form below. And for window treatment recommendations for the other rooms in your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.