Cool Blinds or Beautiful Curtains for Your Kitchen?
When it comes to the great curtain vs blind debate, opinions are split as to which works better in a kitchen. Privacy is an issue – the chosen material should allow light to pass through but stop people from seeing in. The material also needs to be able to stand up to the daily heat and moisture of a normal kitchen environment. And, of course, whatever window dressing you finally go for, it needs to look great too. So, let’s take a closer look at what’s available in regards to quality blinds.
Roller blinds are an eye-catching alternative to curtains and can brighten your kitchen throughout the summer, while helping to keep in the warmth in the colder months. They’re stylish and discreet, and can cover a kitchen window with a single piece of fabric that can be rolled up, or down, as you wish.
On a warm, sunny day, you can have your roller blinds pulled right up to let in as much light as possible, while in the colder months, they can be closed or left half open to keep in the warmth. If your window is close to a cooker you can choose blinds that have been coated with vinyl or fibreglass, which makes them a safer option.
With their wide horizontal slats creating the illusion of larger windows and more space, Venetian blinds are a wonderful addition to a kitchen. There’s a timeless, elegant feel to Venetian blinds, which look great in wood shades or aluminium. They add a sophisticated to a kitchen. Because moisture can cause damage to wood, it’s best to select faux wood or polymer.
For a more unusual option, why not go for Roman blinds? When not in use, these can be neatly bunched up at the top of the window, or lowered for complete privacy and a warm shadowed effect. Roman blinds have generous pleats of fabric and come in great patterns and colours that will add sophistication and elegance to your kitchen.
Because a kitchen window usually has a sink nearby, waterproof PVC or vinyl roller blinds could be the way to go. Then, any spills or splashes won’t pose a problem. You may be limiting your choices of blind by using these but they make good sense.
Measure all your windows carefully, especially if you prefer a recessed blind – the type that tucks neatly close to the window. If you want to give the impression that the windows are bigger than they are, then the blinds can be fitted outside the recess. In this case, add a few inches to your measurements.
A kitchen with curtains can look ab fab. Fully lined kitchen curtains will give you complete privacy and total darkness (if that’s what you want) and the lining will save the fabric from fading. But beware, because thick curtains can retain cooking smells.
Another great option is to choose café curtains for your kitchen. These are stylish and add a touch of class as well as privacy. Because they only hang over the bottom half of the window, they let in some light and create a wonderful continental feel.
For a natural look and feel, why not drape loosely woven fabric such as linen, cotton or hemp over a rod. Voila!
Fabrics and colours
Whether you choose curtains or blinds, coordinating the colours and fabrics with the interior design scheme of the kitchen is essential. If your kitchen is particularly small, then light, cool colours work best. Bright, warm colours like bold reds and oranges, can make a large kitchen feel homely and inviting.
Whether you go for a bold, bright colours or soft pastels, your blind or curtain material can make a real style statement and enhance your décor. You might choose blinds that are the same tone as the walls, only a few shades darker, or select a colour that’s in complete contrast to the walls.
Cotton is a great fabric for kitchen curtains. It’s not only durable but also lightweight and easy to wash. Other fabrics to consider are polyester combined with cotton or tissue-based viscose.
This article was written by Dakota Murphey, independent content writer and passionate interior design specialist.