Stylish Kitchen Window Treatments for Phoenix Homeowners10/08/2015Greg Arnett For looks and practicality, the best window treatments for your kitchen are faux wood shutters or faux wood blinds. What makes them great for kitchens? Faux wood shutters and blinds are the best at standing up to the messes and moisture of the kitchen, while still offering great looks and privacy. See how faux wood blinds and shutters can stand the heat, and stay in the kitchen in Phoenix homes. Faux Wood Shutters Are Your Kitchen Windows’ Perfect Match For all those things you need from a window treatment, Phoenix’s best faux wood shutters offer. These are a few things you probably want from any kitchen furnishing: It needs to be waterproof. Steam from boiling pots, splashes from cleaning off dishes, or spilled drinks can destroy the appeal of most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are totally moisture-proof, as well as coated with an extra layer of protective finish. It should be easily cleaned. Let’s face it – kitchens get messy. So when that spoonful of soup flies onto your shutter, all you’ll need is a wipe with a slightly wet cloth to make them good as new. It needs to be easy to operate. Want to open up the window in a hurry to let steam from dinner escape? Want to set that fresh apple pie on the window sill to cool? Shutters are some of the easiest window treatments to use, and offer full use of your window. The vast majority of window treatments don’t offer any of those benefits, let alone all of them. Draperies and shades are easy to stain, anything made of wood won’t last long in a humid room like the kitchen, and aluminum blinds can be a pain to open or shut in a pinch. Oh, and did we mention that plantation shutters look amazing in the kitchen? With marble, hardwood and limestone countertops all the rage in Phoenix, faux wood shutters give your kitchen a look that’s as beautiful as any kitchen on HGTV. That’s why Polywood® plantation shutters are a kitchen window’s best friend. Faux Wood Blinds – Classic Window Treatment For Contemporary Phoenix Kitchens Faux wood shutters are our top pick for Phoenix kitchens, but it’s not the only window treatment that will work. In Phoenix, faux wood blinds are our runner-up for best window treatment for the kitchen. Faux wood is always water resistant, so we’re headed in the right direction. Faux wood blinds also won’t stain, so, a wet cloth will get them looking pristine again after a mess. Remember that blinds are a little more work to clean than shutters due to the size and number of slats. Also bear in mind that certain blind cords could mildew or wither after prolonged exposure to moisture, so be sure to ask about the cord material. Faux wood blinds are great on windows near the sink. In some Phoenix kitchens, an appliance or extensive cabinetry 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 might not be as universal as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can pair with other natural elements like a marble counter or natural wood cabinets and trim. Common Questions about Kitchen Window Treatments Why don’t you recommend shades or drapes for windows in the kitchen? Most fabric window treatments such as draperies or shades are easy to stain, so they’re impractical for a busy kitchen. The moisture and humidity in a kitchen may result in some funky smells seeping into the fabric. What’s the best color for kitchen shutters or blinds? For the kitchen, you can’t go wrong with neutrals. A solid white or near-white is a great choice, as they’ll complement any new countertops or appliances you might put in down the road. Blacks and browns also work well. What 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! We offer shutters with cut-out panels, giving you full access to your window. Which kitchen window treatments are fire-resistant? Polywood shutters are fire-resistant, and won’t show discoloring even from longterm heat exposure, whether from the sun or from the stovetop. During a kitchen remodel, when should I install new window treatments? Your window treatments, no matter if they’re shutters, blinds, or shades, should usually be the last part of a remodel. However, it might be beneficial to involve your window treatment 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 Phoenix kitchens, but each kitchen is unique. If you want some personal attention for your windows, schedule a free in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window experts. Call us at 480-485-7743 or use the form below. And for window treatment tips for the rest of your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.