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5 Kitchen Window Treatments Ideas to Give Your Kitchen a Facelift

by Melissa Bullard
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Refacing kitchen cabinets typically costs less and takes less time than installing completely new kitchen cabinets, so it's a great option if you feel like your kitchen needs a facelift. And if you're going for a refreshed kitchen, why not consider changing your kitchen's window treatment? It's amazing how much difference a simple change can make, and depending on the window treatment you choose, it can also be quite inexpensive. If you're short on inspiration or just want to explore your options, check out these window treatment ideas.

Window Treatment Ideas for Kitchen Windows

  • Sheer curtains: If you are a fan of natural light but want to soften it and enjoy privacy, consider covering your kitchen windows with sheer fabrics.
  • Go organic: Organic has become a style as well as a way of growing food. If you like the eco-friendly look, consider natural window treatments such as bamboo and matchstick Roman shades.
  • Shades of yellow: If your kitchen needs a splash of color or just a little more cheer, consider yellow curtains or shades. If you dislike visions of overly-bright yellow windows, consider muted butter tones or a pale spring yellow.
  • House styles: Geometric patterns, metallic shades, and charcoal and slate as neutral colors are currently in vogue. If you want your kitchen to be an extension of the style in your home, consider choosing curtains, shades, or valances that are similar to the patterns and colors in the rest of your house.
  • Light up the hardware: Some companies are now producing curtain rods with built-in LED lights. If you have an open floor pattern and want your kitchen to stand out to guests, this could be a striking choice.

Kitchen Window Treatment Don'ts

There are some important don'ts to keep in mind when choosing the correct window treatment for your kitchen window:

  • If your kitchen window looks down on a counter that you use for food preparation, make sure the material is something that can be taken down and washed easily. Splashes and splatters from food could add colors and textures you really don't want!
  • If your kitchen window is quite near the cooking area, beware of fabrics with tassels or dangling ornamentation; they could pose a fire hazard.
  • If your kitchen window is directly above your sink within the splash zone, be cautious about choosing wood- or paper-based window treatments--or anything that could be damaged by water.

If a new window treatment is the last step to your kitchen cabinet refacing job, consider these ideas to figure out what styles are right for you.

About the Author
Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught writing, literature, and Spanish classes, and is currently working as a fre

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