Stylish Kitchen Window Treatments for Honolulu Homes10/08/2015Darren Wong When it comes to looks and practicality, the best choice for window treatments for your kitchen are faux wood shutters or faux wood blinds. What makes them the best options? Faux wood shutters and blinds are the window treatments that can best stand up to the messes and wetness of most kitchens, all while giving you stylish looks and privacy. See how shutters and blinds stand up to the heat, and stay in the kitchen in Honolulu homes. Faux Wood Shutters Are A Kitchen Window’s Perfect Match For all those things you need from a window treatment, Honolulu’s best faux wood shutters provide. Think about what you need from any furnishing in your kitchen: It should be waterproof. Steam coming off the stove, splashes from the sink, and spilled drinks can spell disaster most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are completely moisture-proof, and coated with a protective finish to prevent damage. It needs to be easily cleaned. Face it – kitchens get dirty. So when that spoonful of soup flies onto your shutter, all it takes is a wipe with a damp cloth to make them good as new. It should be easy to use. Want to open your window in a hurry to let steam from dinner escape? Want to set that fresh apple pie on the window sill to cool? Shutters are simple to operate, and give you full access to your window. Most other window treatments don’t offer any of those benefits, let alone all of them. Draperies and shades are easy to stain, anything made of wood can easily become warped in a humid room like the kitchen, and aluminum blinds can be a hassle to open or shut in a pinch. Oh, and did we mention that faux wood shutters look fantastic in the kitchen? With quartz, hardwood and limestone countertops at the height of popularity in Honolulu, faux wood shutters give your kitchen a look that’s as gorgeous as anything in a design magazine. That’s why Polywood® plantation shutters are your kitchen windows’ perfect match. Faux Wood Blinds – Vintage Window Treatment For Contemporary Honolulu Kitchens Polywood shutters are our top recommendation for Honolulu kitchens, but it’s not the only window treatment that we’d recommend. In Honolulu, faux wood blinds are our second pick for best kitchen window treatment. Faux wood is usually going to be moisture-proof, so we’re headed in the right direction. Faux wood blinds also won’t stain, so, a wet cloth will get them looking pristine again after a mess. Remember that blinds have more slats than shutters have louvers, which means more work to clean. Also keep in mind that certain blind cords can rot or wither after constant exposure to humidity, so be sure to ask about the cord material. Faux wood blinds are great on windows near the sink. In some Honolulu kitchens, your cabinets or appliances might block shutters from opening. With blinds, you don’t need as much room to fully open your window. And their looks are classic. They might not be as versatile as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can pair with other natural elements like a marble counter or hardwood cabinets and trim. Frequently Asked Questions about Kitchen Window Treatments Is there a reason why you don’t recommend fabric window treatments like drapes or shades for windows in the kitchen? Many fabric window treatments such as shades and drapes are easy to stain, so they’re unsuited for a busy kitchen. The moisture and humidity in a kitchen might also result in mildewing. Do you recommend a certain color for my kitchen shutters or blinds? In a kitchen, we recommend a neutral color. A solid white or near-white is an awesome pick, as they’ll complement any modern appliances or countertops you may purchase in the future. Blacks, grays and earthtones also work well. Which window treatment should I get if my kitchen window is a casement? If your kitchen windows are casement windows, you can still put in shutters. We offer shutters with cut-out panels, giving you full access to your window. Are there any kitchen window treatments that are fire-resistant? Polywood plantation shutters are fire-resistant, and won’t show discoloring even from prolonged heat exposure, either from the sun or from the stovetop. During a kitchen remodel, when should I install new window treatments? Your window treatments, no matter if they’re shades, blinds, or shutters, should be one of the last things you do 90% of the time. However, it may be beneficial to involve your shutter installer early in your redesign to coordinate timelines, and better match styles and colors. Get The Kitchen of Your Dreams With Better Window Treatments Polywood shutters and faux wood blinds are our top picks for most Honolulu kitchens, but your kitchen might be different. For some personal attention for your windows, schedule an in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window treatment pros. Call us at 808-797-2004 or use the form below. And for window treatment recommendations for the other rooms in your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.