Ideas for Curtains or Blinds on Kitchen Windows

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Ideas for Curtains or Blinds on Kitchen Windows
Choose bold patterns and colours for kitchen window treatments. (Curtain. image by Victor Samoilovich from Fotolia.com)

Window treatments not only provide privacy and block light from penetrating the room, but they also create colour and texture in the space while setting the tone for the entire room. Curtains or blinds often serve as a focal point to the kitchen, so go for the gusto when choosing window treatments that create a showy and dramatic display. Keep in mind the colours found around the room and echo them in the kitchen window treatment.

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Wood Blinds

Woven wood or bamboo blinds create a natural aesthetic to a kitchen and complement other neutral colours found in the room.Typical wood blind colours include deep browns, tans, and multicoloured blinds with more than one hue swirled together. Wood blinds come in a wide range of styles, such as roll-up blinds, Venetian blinds and mini varieties that are ideal for smaller kitchen windows. Made from birch, maple and bamboo, wood blinds are ideal when you want to let light diffuse in the kitchen, while still seeing what's going on outside. Versatile wood blinds work well in both formal and informal kitchen settings.

Cafe Curtains

Cafe curtains--a type of short kitchen curtain--cover up the lower half of a kitchen window, allowing light to come in while adding colour to the room. Simple swags of blue and white gingham draped over a curtain rod in the kitchen provide a classic design to any size and shape window, and your own version of the cafe curtain. For a whimsical and unexpected design to a kitchen window, try curtains made from old dish towels. Hang the dish towel or tea towel horizontally so that the top portion of the window is covered, for a creative spin on the cafe curtain. Try edging the towel with colourful ribbon or lace and attaching weights at the hemline to ensure the light fabric hangs correctly.

Roman Blinds

Roman blinds can be made from most fabrics and are typically fully lined to create full privacy in the kitchen. Their cord locking systems allow for easy control in the kitchen and the draping fabric, when opened, creates a soft, dramatic touch to the space. Create a classic, streamlined look to the kitchen window with black and white roman blinds. Black and white is versatile and complements kitchen appliances, countertops and accessories. Linen shades, another ideal material, hold their shape and blend in well with the kitchen. Their earth tones also help set an understated elegance to the room and accent any size or shape window.

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