There’s a lot to think about when planning and designing a new kitchen and window dressings are often last on the list. But making the right choice about your blinds or curtains is really important, particularly in this unusual room.
There are factors to consider in the kitchen that you may not think about in other rooms such as the fact that this room can get warm, even steamy at times and cooking can lead to splashes and spills. Fabric choice is really important here: if your blinds are located in an area near the cooking hub, choose a fabric that can easily be wiped down and is moisture resistant. Many roller blinds are made from wipe-down fabrics such as polyester that particularly suit these areas.
Many kitchens are part of wider communal spaces and often contain Velux windows. Specific fabrics need to be used on these windows that have a stiffened fabric.
Light levels are another important factor to consider. Depending on the quantity of windows you have in the room, more control may be needed over the amount of light that comes into the kitchen area. It is worth thinking about Venetian blinds in this case, which have slatted metal or wood that can be tilted or raised or lowered. Our venetian blinds are also available in PVC. They are durable, easy to clean and ideal for moisture areas. The ability to vary light levels can also help with privacy issues.
ABS Shutters are also ideal in the kitchen, as they are also ideal for moisture areas. In this environment, rust isn’t easily preventable, but the hardware on ABS Shutters is made from rust resistant materials. At Blinds By Martyn we also offer PVC rollers. This material makes these blinds excellent for kitchens, as they can be wiped clean. An ideal solution for any messy cooks.
If your kitchen space has patio or bi-fold doors, it is worth considering vertical blinds. They are contemporary and come in a huge range of colours, textures and fabrics. They are also easy to adjust and clean. Blackout fabrics will also darken the space.
If you prefer curtains to blinds, be aware that certain fabrics are more prone to absorbing odours than others. Natural fibres are best, but overall, we tend to advise against installing curtains unless the kitchen is part of a bigger space to allow for air flow.
Finally, a word of warning regarding Roman blinds. Many people love their classical style and the way they can be used to introduce a splash of colour to a room. However due to potential humidity in the kitchen are, it is better to find a place for these blinds in an area away from where you wash up and cook and keep them to dining areas.
For more detailed advice, do contact us for bespoke information.