Stylish Kitchen Window Treatments for Fort Myers Homeowners10/08/2015Charlie Cole and Brady Parker When it comes to looks and usability, the best choice for kitchen window treatments are faux wood blinds or faux wood shutters. Why are those two great for kitchens? Faux wood blinds and shutters are the best at standing up to the messes and wetness of most kitchens, in addition to giving you privacy and fantastic looks. See how shutters and blinds can stand the heat, and stay in the kitchen in Fort Myers homes. Faux Wood Shutters Are Your Kitchen Windows’ Perfect Match For all those things you need from a window treatment, Fort Myers’s best faux wood shutters provide. These are a few things you probably want out of any furnishing in your kitchen: It should be moisture resistant. Steam from boiling pots of water, splashes from washing dishes in the sink, or spilled beverages can ruin most window treatments. Faux wood shutters are 100% moisture-proof, as well as coated with an extra layer of protective finish. It needs to be easily cleaned. It’s a fact – kitchens get dirty. So when that spoonful of soup flies onto your shutter, all you’ll need is a wipe with a damp cloth to make them good as new. It needs to be easy to use. Need to open up the window quickly to let out steam or smoke? Want to sit that pie fresh from the oven on the window sill to cool? Shutters are easy to use, and offer full access to your window. Most other window treatments can’t do any of those, let alone all of them. Fabric window treatments such as shades can easily stain, any real wood window treatment can mildew in a humid room like the kitchen, and aluminum blinds can be a pain to open and close in a pinch. Oh, and did we mention that plantation shutters look absolutely gorgeous in the kitchen? With quartz, hardwood and slate countertops at the height of popularity in Fort Myers, faux wood shutters give your kitchen a look that’s as beautiful as anything in a design magazine. That’s why Polywood® plantation shutters are your kitchen windows’ perfect match. Faux Wood Blinds – Elegant Window Treatment For Modern Fort Myers Kitchens Polywood shutters are our #1 recommendation for Fort Myers kitchens, but they aren’t the only thing that will work. In Fort Myers, faux wood blinds are our second pick for best kitchen window covering. Faux wood is typically going to be moisture-proof, so these blinds are off to a great start already. Since faux wood blinds are also stain-proof, a damp cloth will get them looking pristine again after a mess. Remember that blinds are a little more work to clean than shutters due to the size and number of slats. Also remember that certain blind cords can mildew or shrivel after constant exposure to humidity, so be sure to ask about the cord material. Faux wood blinds are great on windows right by the sink. In some Fort Myers kitchens, cabinetry or an appliance might block shutters from opening. With blinds, a pull of the cord will open up your view. And their looks? Gorgeous. They might not be as versatile as Polywood shutters, but faux wood blinds can pair with other natural materials such as a marble counter or natural wood cabinets and trim. Frequently Asked Questions about Kitchen Window Treatments Why don’t you recommend shades or drapes for windows in the kitchen? Many fabric window treatments such as draperies or shades are easy to stain, so they’re not ideal for a busy kitchen. The moisture and humidity in your 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 off-white is an awesome choice, as they’ll match any modern appliances or countertops you install in the future. Blacks and browns also work well. Which window treatment should I get if my kitchen window uses a crank to open? If your kitchen windows use a crank, you can still put in shutters. Shutter panel cut-outs are easily made, and give you full access to your window. Are any of these kitchen window treatments fire-resistant? Polywood plantation shutters are fire-resistant, and will never show discoloring even from longterm heat exposure, either from the sun or from the stovetop. When should I put in window treatments during a kitchen remodel? Your window treatments, whether they’re blinds, shutters, or shades, will usually be the last part of a remodel. However, there’s a benefit to involving your window treatment vendor early in your project 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 Fort Myers kitchens, but your kitchen might be different. If you want some personal attention for your windows, set up a free in-home consultation with one of Sunburst’s window treatment pros. Call us at 239-208-6577 or use the form below. And for window treatment recommendations for the other rooms in your home, check out our Total Room Window Guide.