Modern Kitchen Window Treatments for Miami Homes10/08/2015David White With regards to looks and usability, the best 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, all while giving you stylish looks and privacy. See how shutters and blinds stand up to the heat, and stay in the kitchen in Miami homes. Faux Wood Shutters Are A Kitchen Window’s Best Friend Anything you could ask for from a kitchen window treatment, Miami’s best faux wood shutters offer. Think about what you need from any furnishing in your kitchen: It should be waterproof. Steam coming off the stove, splashes from cleaning off dishes, or spilled beverages can destroy the appeal of most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are completely moisture-proof, as well as coated with an extra layer of protective finish. It needs to be easy to clean. Let’s be real – kitchens get dirty. So when that spoonful of soup flies toward your window and onto your shutters, all you’ll need is a wipe with a slightly wet cloth to make them good as new. It should be easy to operate. Have to open your window in a hurry to let out steam or smoke? Want to set that fresh apple pie on the window sill to cool? Shutters are easy to operate, and give you full use of your window. Most other window treatments can’t do any of those, let alone all of them. Fabric window treatments such as shades can easily stain, anything made of wood won’t handle the moisture in a humid room like the kitchen, and metal blinds can be a hassle to operate in a pinch. Oh, and did we mention that plantation shutters look amazing in the kitchen? With marble, natural wood and limestone countertops all the rage in Miami, plantation shutters give your kitchen a look that can rival anything in a design magazine. That’s why Polywood® plantation shutters are your kitchen windows’ best friend. Faux Wood Blinds – Elegant Window Treatment For Modern Miami Kitchens Polywood shutters are our #1 recommendation for Miami kitchens, but it’s not the only window treatment that will work. In Miami, faux wood blinds are our second pick for best window treatment for the kitchen. Faux wood is usually going to be water resistant, so they’re already halfway there. Faux wood blinds also won’t stain, so, 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 bear in mind that certain blind cords might mildew or shrivel after a long period of exposure to moisture, so be sure to ask about the cord material. Faux wood blinds are a great addition to windows right above the sink. In some Miami kitchens, an appliance or extensive cabinetry 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 absolutely stunning. They might not be as complementary as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can accentuate other natural elements such as a marble countertop or hardwood cabinets and trim. Frequently Asked Questions about Kitchen Window Treatments Why don’t you recommend shades or drapes for windows in the kitchen? The majority of fabric window treatments such as draperies or shades tend to stain easily, making them unsuited for a busy kitchen. The humidity in your kitchen might also result in mildewing. Do you recommend a certain color for my kitchen shutters or blinds? For the kitchen, it’s hard to go wrong with a neutral hue. A solid white or off-white is a great choice, as they’ll complement any modern countertops or appliances 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, you can still put in shutters. Shutter panel cut-outs are easily made, and give you full access to your window. Are any of these kitchen window treatments heat-resistant? Polywood shutters are fire-resistant, and will never show discoloring even from longterm heat exposure, either 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 shades, blinds, or shutters, should almost always be one of the last parts of a remodel. However, there’s a benefit to involving your shutter installer early on in your remodel to coordinate timelines, and better match styles and colors. Get The Kitchen of Your Dreams With Better Window Treatments Faux wood shutters and faux wood blinds are our top picks for most Miami kitchens, but each kitchen is unique. For some personal attention for your windows, schedule a free in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window experts. Call us at 305-520-7515 or use the form below. And for window treatment picks for the other rooms in your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.