Windows and window treatments are an integral part of any design – they can be the difference between a light, spacious kitchen and a closed-off utilitarian space. Think about how often you catch yourself staring out of your kitchen window, taking in peaceful views while your hands are busy doing the boring work. We spend a lot of time using the windows in our kitchens, but it’s important we have the ability to cover them when needed for insulation and privacy.
Blinds, curtains or shutters. Whichever is your preference, you can use stylish window treatments to create a truly cohesive design for your kitchen. Let’s take a look at some of the best on-trend kitchen window covering ideas.
Utilise complementary patterns
While previous years have emphasised minimalist, neutral tones, let 2018 be the year you inject colour and personality back into your home. Selecting a bold, graphic print for your kitchen blinds allows you introduce a modern touch to your design scheme.
Consider pulling colours through from your flooring or other accents in the room to feature on a roller blind. Showcase your chosen colour in a geometric pattern against a neutral background. For example, a white and red chevron pattern could be used to tie in to retro-red small appliances, and contrast nicely with a pale blue wall. Or you might choose to feature metallic accents with new neutrals – charcoal and slate.
Choosing to use roller blinds in your kitchen allows you to switch between a low-profile window treatments when the blinds are fully retracted, or broad, bold statement pieces to create interest among your guests. Roller blinds are available in a wide range of fabrics, colours and patterns and black-out options are available if light is a concern.
Play with textures
In a sleek, modern kitchen, you can add both warmth and an upmarket vibe using a contrasting fabric. A darker, heavy basket-weave Roman blind can maintain contemporary neutral tones while creating interest in the visible texture of the fabric. By keeping the colours plain, you allow the contrast between the natural-looking weave and smooth, polished cabinetry to be the focus of your window treatment.
Don’t be afraid of layering
Your creativity doesn’t have to end with a single set of blinds, though. Layering window treatments is a major trend this year and lets you enjoy the best of two different types of blinds. Create harmony between hard and soft materials by positioning a Roman blind atop a set of Venetians. Choose a luxurious jewel toned fabric to emphasise the contrast against the aluminium or timber-look slats. This will really pop in a kitchen with warm metallic fixtures and dark countertops.
Get back to nature
The sustainable, eco-friendly mindset is coming to the forefront of design, both in terms of ethical practice and visual aesthetic. Going green has a number of practical benefits for your home from reducing your carbon footprint and spending on energy to potentially affecting the resale value of your home.
Showcasing a sustainable attitude in your kitchen is simple. Turn to natural-look materials for your window treatments, including wooden Venetians and Roman blinds featuring organic hessian or linen fabrics. Earthen tone materials will enhance the warmth of your kitchen while creating a connection to the outdoors. Complement your blinds by introducing plants to your countertop – vibrant pops of green literally bring the outside in and could even serve a practical purpose if you’re game to nurture indoor herbs.
Shutters are also a great idea, as they offer a unique approach to kitchen window treatments, establishing a rustic country vibe inherently connected to nature. Because shutters create interior air spaces, they also have high insulation value, adding to the actual sustainability of your home.
Things to keep in mind
There are tonnes of brilliant ways you can employ window treatments in your kitchen, but not every option will be perfect for you.
Consider the following when brainstorming window covering ideas for your kitchen:
Most importantly, consider the existing design of your kitchen. Your blinds should perfectly complement the style of your home as well as your personality.
At Carpet Call, we’re the experts in the trade, and determined to help you get the right look for you – cheaper, smarter, and better quality than elsewhere. For style assistance in picking the best window treatments for your home, check out our blinds buying guide or book an appointment with our Carpet Call experts today.