Contemporary Kitchen Window Treatments for Jacksonville Homeowners10/08/2015Kevin McCormack When it comes to looks and usability, your best bet for kitchen window treatments are faux wood shutters or faux wood blinds. Why are those two 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, all while giving you stylish looks and privacy. Take a look at how shutters and blinds stand up to the heat, and stay in the kitchen in Jacksonville homes. Faux Wood Shutters Are Your Kitchen Windows’ Perfect Match Anything you could ask for from a kitchen window treatment, Jacksonville’s best faux wood shutters offer. These are a few things you probably want from any furnishing in your kitchen: It needs to be moisture-proof. Steam rising from a skillet, splashes from cleaning off dishes, or spilled beverages can spell disaster most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are totally moisture-proof, in addition to their protective coating and finish. It needs to be easy to clean. It’s a fact – 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 make them look brand-new. It should be easy to operate. Want to open up the window in a hurry to let out steam or smoke? Trying to put your freshly baked pie on the window sill to cool? Shutters are simple to operate, and give you full access to your window. Most other window treatments can’t do any of those, let alone all of them. Draperies and 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 pain to open or shut in a pinch. Not to mention the fact that faux wood shutters look incredible in the kitchen. With marble, hardwood and slate countertops at the height of popularity in Jacksonville, 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 best friend. Faux Wood Blinds – Classic Window Treatment For Modern Jacksonville Kitchens Plantation shutters are our #1 pick for Jacksonville kitchens, but they aren’t the only thing that work in the kitchen. In Jacksonville, faux wood blinds are our second pick for best window treatment for the kitchen. Faux wood is usually going to be moisture-resistant, so we’re headed in the right direction. Since faux wood blinds also won’t stain, a damp cloth will get them looking pristine again after a mess. Remember that blinds have more slats than shutters have louvers, which means more work to clean. Also keep in mind that certain blind cords could rot or shrivel after constant exposure to humidity, so ask your window treatment provider about the cord material. Faux wood blinds are also perfect for windows above the sink. In some Jacksonville kitchens, an appliance or extensive cabinetry might block shutters from opening. With blinds, a pull of the cord will open up your view. And their looks are gorgeous. They might not be as versatile as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can complement other natural materials such as a granite countertop or natural wood cabinets and trim. Frequently Asked Questions about Kitchen Window Treatments Is there a reason why you don’t recommend fabric window treatments like drapes or shades for my kitchen windows? Most fabric window treatments such as draperies or shades can easily get stained, making them impractical for a busy kitchen. The moisture and humidity in your kitchen might also result in mildewing. What’s the best color for kitchen shutters or blinds? For the kitchen, you can’t go wrong with neutrals. A solid white or off-white is an awesome options, because they’ll complement any new appliances or countertops you may purchase in the future. Blacks and browns also work well. Which window treatment should I get if my kitchen window uses a crank to open? If your kitchen windows use a crank, 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 prolonged heat exposure, either from the sun or from the range. During a kitchen remodel, when should I install new window treatments? Your window treatments, whether they’re shutters, shades or blinds, will be one of the last things you do 90% of the time. However, there’s a benefit to involving your window treatment company 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 what we recommend for most Jacksonville kitchens, but yours may be better off with a third option. For some personal attention for your windows, get an in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window experts. Call us at 904-289-1663 or use the form below. And for window treatment recommendations for the rest of your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.