Modern Kitchen Window Treatments for Fort Lauderdale Homes10/08/2015Danielle Micich With regards to looks and practicality, the best choice for kitchen window treatments are faux wood blinds or faux wood shutters. What makes them great for kitchens? Faux wood shutters and blinds 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 these window treatments stand up to the heat, and stay in the kitchen in Fort Lauderdale homes. Faux Wood Shutters – A Kitchen Window’s Perfect Match Anything you could ask for from a kitchen window treatment, Fort Lauderdale’s best faux wood shutters offer. These are a few things you probably want out of any kitchen furnishing: It should be waterproof. Steam from boiling pots, splashes from washing dishes in the sink, or spilled beverages 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 be real – kitchens get dirty. So when that spoonful of soup flies toward your window and onto your shutters, all it takes is a wipe with a damp cloth to make them good as new. It should be easy to use. Have to open your window quickly to let smoke or steam out? Trying to set that fresh apple pie on the window sill to cool? Shutters are some of the easiest window treatments to operate, and give you full use of your window. The vast majority of window treatments can’t do any of those, let alone all of them. Shades or drapes are easy to stain, anything made of wood can mildew in a humid room like the kitchen, and aluminum blinds can be a pain to open and close in a pinch. Oh, and did we mention that plantation shutters look amazing in the kitchen? With marble, hardwood and slate countertops at the height of popularity in Fort Lauderdale, faux wood shutters give your kitchen a look that’s as beautiful as anything in a design magazine. That’s why Polywood® plantation shutters are a kitchen window’s best friend. Faux Wood Blinds – Classic Window Treatment For Contemporary Fort Lauderdale Kitchens Plantation shutters are our first recommendation for Fort Lauderdale kitchens, but it’s not the only window treatment that we’d recommend. In Fort Lauderdale, faux wood blinds are our runner-up for best kitchen window treatment. Faux wood is always going to be water resistant, so these blinds are off to a great start already. Since faux wood blinds also won’t stain, a damp cloth will get them looking pristine again after a mess. Bear in mind 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 can rot or shrivel after constant exposure to moisture, so be sure to ask about the cord material. Faux wood blinds are great on windows right by the sink. In some Fort Lauderdale kitchens, cabinetry or an appliance might not allow you enough room to open shutters completely. 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 pair with other natural materials such as a limestone counter or hardwood cabinets and trim. Frequently Asked Questions about Kitchen Window Treatments Why don’t you recommend shades or drapes for my kitchen windows? The majority of fabric window treatments such as draperies or shades are easy to stain, making them impractical for a busy kitchen. The humidity in a kitchen may result in some funky smells seeping into the fabric. Do you recommend a certain color for kitchen shutters or blinds? In a kitchen, your best bet is a neutral tone. A solid white or off-white is an awesome options, as they’ll match any modern appliances or countertops you may purchase in the future. Earthtones 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 there any kitchen window treatments that are heat-resistant? Polywood plantation shutters are fire-resistant, and will never show discoloring even from longterm heat exposure, no matter if it’s from the sun or from the oven. If I’m remodeling my kitchen, when should I put in new window treatments? Your window treatments, whether they’re shutters, shades or blinds, will almost always be one of the last parts of a remodel. However, it may be beneficial to involve your shutter installer early in your project 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 Fort Lauderdale kitchens, but your kitchen might be different. For some personal attention for your windows, schedule an in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window treatment pros. Call us at 561-440-8535 or use the form below. And for window treatment tips for any other room in your house, check out our Total Room Window Guide.