When it comes to beautifying the kitchen, it is not always about new cabinets, backsplash, hardware or appliances. Sometimes, it is all about the treatment that you put on the windows.
You have read that right. These simple additions can do a whole lot to improve the appearance as well as the function of your home’s work horse. They can lend color and texture to the space, frame the view outdoors and let you control the amount of natural light streaming through the room.
So if you are looking to give your kitchen a little update and you would want to make it as frugal as possible, then window treatments are the way to go. To get you started, consider any of these four window treatment styles to jazz up your kitchen windows.
A fabric-covered boxed cornice is a great addition to the kitchen as it can hide flaws on the top portion of the window, allow a lot of natural light into the kitchen, and can also reinforce the style of the space. For instance, if you have a cottage-style kitchen, a boxed cornice that features an ogee-curved edge and floral cover will perfectly suit the space’s design scheme.
Boxed cornice window treatments are a great weekend project you can do on your own. All you need are plywood, printed or plain fabric, quilt batting and staple gun. One thing to keep in mind when designing your own boxed cornices is to keep them at about a quarter or a third of the windows’ height so that they will not overwhelm the windows.
Cafe curtains are a classic window treatment choice for the kitchen, especially if the room has tall windows. These treatments allow natural light in through the top portion of the windows, while blocking the light and outdoor views at the bottom.
To attach cafe curtains, mount an iron rod two-thirds up the windows, leaving the remaining upper portion of the windows exposed. Then, hung the curtains on the rod, but make sure it falls right on the windowsill for a more pleasing proportion.
If you want to bring the beauty of nature right in your kitchen, bamboo shades are the most ideal window treatments to use. Since they are made from a natural material, they will lend a clean look and organic texture to the space. For ease of use, go for Roman bamboo shades that when pulled up will be fixed in flat folds.
To emphasize the height of tall kitchen windows, mount the shades a few inches above the window frames. However, if you want to highlight the architecture of your windows, consider mounting them inside the frames.
Want more privacy inside the kitchen and at the same time have control over the amount of natural light inside the room? Consider using vinyl blinds.
As with most window treatments, vinyl blinds are available in a wide variety of colors and sizes, allowing you to pick pieces that complement the appearance of your kitchen and the height of your windows. They are also humidity-proof, which means they will not easily fade or warp.
This article was penned by Ericka, a freelance writer who has written numerous home improvement articles for different websites. She also regularly writes content for Style Rite Blinds, a company offering curtains, shades and blinds in West Lothian.