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Contemporary Kitchen Window Treatments for Minneapolis Homeowners

October 08, 2015
For looks and practicality, the best kitchen window treatments are faux wood shutters or faux wood blinds.

Why are those two 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, in addition to giving you privacy and fantastic looks.

Take a look at how these window treatments stand up to the heat, and stay in the kitchen in Minneapolis homes.

Faux Wood Shutters Are Your Kitchen Windows’ Best Friend 

plantation shutters in Minneapolis dining room

Anything you could ask for from a kitchen window treatment, Minneapolis’s best faux wood shutters provide. These are a few things you probably want from any furnishing in your kitchen:
  • It should be waterproof. Steam from boiling pots, splashes from cleaning off dishes, or spilled beverages can spell disaster most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are completely moisture-proof, in addition to their protective coating and finish.

  • It needs to be easy to clean. It’s a fact – kitchens get dirty. So when that tomato sauce flies onto your shutter, all it takes is a wipe with a damp cloth to make them look brand-new.

  • It should be easy to use. Want to open up the window quickly to let smoke or steam out? Want to sit that pie fresh from the oven on the window sill to cool? Shutters are easy to operate, and still let you have full use of your window.

Most other window treatments don’t offer any of those benefits, let alone all of them. Fabric window treatments such as shades are easy to stain, any real wood window treatment can mildew in a humid room like the kitchen, and aluminum blinds can be a pain to open or shut in a pinch.

Minneapolis kitchen sliding door shutters 

Oh, and did we mention that faux wood shutters look absolutely gorgeous in the kitchen? With marble, natural wood and limestone countertops at the height of popularity in Minneapolis, plantation shutters give your kitchen a look that’s as gorgeous as any kitchen on HGTV.

That’s why Polywood® plantation shutters are a kitchen window’s perfect match.

Faux Wood Blinds – Classic Window Treatment For Contemporary Minneapolis Kitchens

Plantation shutters are our first recommendation for Minneapolis kitchens, but it’s not the only window treatment that we’d recommend. In Minneapolis, faux wood blinds are our second pick for best kitchen window treatment.

Minnesota faux wood blinds kitchen

Faux wood is always water resistant, so they’re already halfway there. Since faux wood blinds also won’t stain, a damp cloth will get them looking pristine again after a mess. Keep in mind that more blind slats will mean more surface area to clean compared to shutters. Also bear in mind that certain blind cords can mildew or shrivel after a long period of exposure to humidity, so be sure to ask about the cord material.

Faux wood blinds are great on windows above the sink. In some Minneapolis 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.

Minneapolis kitchen blinds 
And their looks are absolutely stunning. They may not be as complementary as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can easily match other natural materials such as a limestone countertop or natural wood cabinetry and trim.

Frequently Asked Questions about Kitchen Window Treatments

Why don’t you recommend shades or drapes for windows in the kitchen?

Most fabric window treatments such as shades and drapes are easy to stain, which means that they’re unsuited for a busy kitchen. The humidity in a kitchen can also cause them to mildew easily.

What color should I get for my kitchen shutters or blinds?

For the kitchen, you can’t go wrong with neutrals. A solid white or near-white is an awesome pick, as they’ll match any modern countertops or appliances you install in the future. Blacks and browns also work well.

What window treatment should I get if my kitchen window is a casement?

If your kitchen windows are casement windows, shutters will still work! Shutter panel cut-outs are easily made, and give you full access to your window.

Are there any kitchen window treatments that are heat-resistant?

Polywood shutters are fire-resistant, and won’t scorch even from longterm heat exposure, whether from the sun or from the stovetop.

During a kitchen remodel, when should I install new window treatments?

Your window treatments, whether they’re blinds, shades, or shutters, should be one of the last things you do 90% of the time. However, there’s a benefit to involving your window treatment vendor early in your redesign to make the whole thing run smoother.

Get The Kitchen of Your Dreams With Better Window Treatments

Polywood shutters and faux wood blinds are our top picks for most Minneapolis kitchens, but each kitchen is unique. For some personal attention for your windows, set up an in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window experts. Call us at 952-856-8130 or use the form below.

And for window treatment picks for the other rooms in your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.