Hello hello everyone, so happy to have a great contributing writer back today, Shannon from AKA Design is here to discuss the various ways to dress up a kitchen window and her ideas are superb. I love how she also includes a little history! Please welcome back Shannon and her inspirational roundup.
“As a girl growing up I often dreamt of what my life would be like as an adult. I figured it would be just like in the movies; I’d be a stay at home mom with a Volvo (yes, a Volvo!) and a great big house just like the Father of the Bride house.
When imagining this dreamy life and home, I always pictured a bright white eat-in kitchen with a large window over the sink. Of course I also always pictured myself the June Cleaver type too – complete with dress, high heels and pearls every day. Yeah, the high heels and Volvo won’t be happening any time soon.
But when we moved into our new house just before Christmas, I did get the kitchen with the large window over the sink that I’d always dreamt about!
Here are six ways to dress a kitchen window:
1) Bamboo Blinds or Woven Shades. Bamboo has been a multifunctional natural resource in the East for a long time. There is nary a home that hasn’t incorporated bamboo into its structure or décor in some format. Partitions, walls, rugs even toys are made from bamboo.
Here in the West, it’s taken a little longer to incorporate, until bamboo blinds came along – now they seem to be everywhere. And for good reason, woven shades are classy, inexpensive, easy to find, easy to install and they add fabulous visual texture and warmth to any space.
2) Café Curtains. Café Curtains are another easy kitchen window covering idea. They originated in Vienna in the 1800s in street cafes where they gave a smidgen of privacy to inside diners. Café curtains are a perfect way to add a little style and privacy whilst still letting in natural light – due to their hanging on only half of the window.
Simple versions can be found with a little online searching or you can have them custom-made in just about any fabric. They can even be a simple DIY project with fabric and hem tape and hung by curtain ring clips.
3) Roman Shades. Roman Shades were originally invented in Rome to keep all the hot dry street dust from entering into people’s houses. It didn’t take long for the Romans to realize that these shades also kept out the hot afternoon sun too. It soon followed that the women of the house were getting creative and dressing up their homes with them almost as a symbol of status and wealth.
Kitchens that need a little color, pattern or whimsy as well as some privacy are well-suited to Roman shades. Much like café curtains, Roman shades can inject a ton of personality and can be customized for a variety of looks. Just like the early Roman women discovered years ago!
4) Valance or Cornice. A straight or curved valance will bring a touch of fabric to your kitchen window but not sacrifice natural light. Granted these treatments are not ones to choose if you seek privacy but they do offer the opportunity to bring color and style into your kitchen with a touch of solid or patterned fabric.
5) Shutters of Folding Doors. Light or dark, shutters bring a classic look to kitchen windows and look equally inviting in cozy cottage style kitchens as well as grand traditional ones.
6) No Treatment. A growing trend in kitchen design is to let the windows and the natural light they bring take the spotlight and not have any window treatment at all. Kate has opted for this simplistic choice as well and it certainly keeps a kitchen light and airy.
An architectural element or charming sign suspended above is yet another idea for dressing up your window with a unique and non traditional look.
This “no treatment” approach assumes a decent view and no privacy issues, but if your kitchen window – large and beautiful as it may be – looks at something less than beautiful (like say the neighbor’s side yard or entryway) you may want to cover that up with one of the treatments mentioned above.
I think for our kitchen we’re going to go with café curtains made from traditional linen held up with black curtain ring clips. They are simple, classic and give us some privacy and just a little bit of shade on our east-facing kitchen window.”
Thank you so much Shannon for rounding up a group of inspiring kitchen window treatments. You can catch up with Shannon at her blog AKA Design where she writes about all of her DIY and design adventures.
I had choice #4 DIY valance for years but when I took it down to repaint the walls somehow it never made its way back up again and I now prefer it that way so I sit in the #6 category.
What about you? Which kitchen window coverings do you like best? Or do you prefer your kitchen window wide open? Did anyone else like Shannon dream of the Father of the Bride house? Or a maybe Volvo station wagon? :)