The 4 best over the sink kitchen window treatments. Amidst all the uncertainty and changes in the last few years, one thing has remained the same: Homeowners still want gourmet kitchens. Real estate resource Zillow’s 2021 trend report ranks well-equipped kitchens among the most coveted amenities for current homebuyers.
When designing kitchens that offer ample space for culinary experiments and family meals, layout, storage, and modern appliances are often top of mind for buyers and interior designers. But don’t neglect kitchen windows. Window coverings are yet another important consideration for homeowners. Finding the right blinds, shades, or shutters can transform a kitchen with a pop of color or an unexpected but complementary texture.
Homeowners shopping for kitchen window treatments often arrive at the same question: Which window coverings are best for kitchen sink windows? Given their sensitive location, these window treatments must be able to stand up to frequent splashing as well as food grease, cooking oils, and grime. The good news is that with all the blinds, shades, and shutters currently on the market, homeowners don’t have to sacrifice style for functionality. There are countless durable and easy-to-clean window coverings that make a statement while standing up to stains and moisture. In this blog post, we consider which types of blinds and shades perform best when installed over kitchen windows.
What do you put over a kitchen sink window?
Looking to install window treatments over your kitchen sink window? Consider the two M’s: materials and maintenance.
Kitchen window treatments will need to be washed regularly, so finding blinds or shades made from easy-to-clean materials, such as PVC or washer-safe fabrics, will save you time and headaches down the line. For this reason, we typically recommend low-maintenance window coverings like faux wood blinds, solar shades, or vinyl roller shades, as each of these options can be quickly wiped down with soap and water. By looking great in most kitchens and standing up to common kitchen messes, these three types of window coverings give homeowners the best of both worlds.
Top kitchen sink window coverings for 2021
There’s no single best kitchen sink window treatment—but some are definitely easier to clean than others. The right option for your kitchen will depend upon the size and location of your window, as well as your style and maintenance preferences. We’ve outlined four of our favorite options in this section.
Faux wood blinds
Faux wood blinds offer the timeless appeal of wood blinds while standing up to moisture and humidity. Made of PVC instead of real wood, these blinds can be easily cleaned using soap and water, so homeowners don’t have to worry about grease, sauce, and food ruining their window treatments.
Roller shades marry the adjustability of traditional blinds with the modern appearance of shades. Low-maintenance and easy to operate, many homeowners choose roller shades for kitchen sink windows due to their slim and lightweight profile. Worried about stains and splatters? Materials for roller shades are highly customizable. Vinyl shades tend to combat staining better than fabric shades do.
Want more from your shades? Solar shades are durable kitchen window coverings that can lower a home’s carbon footprint. Like roller shades, solar shades are typically made from vinyl, making them easy-to-clean. In addition, their opacity can be customized to provide your desired amount of light control.
Woven wood shades
Want to make a statement? Woven wood shades offer a stylish alternative for homeowners who aren’t worried about grease or stains damaging their window treatments. Although these shades are more difficult to clean than faux wood blinds and roller and solar shades, their texture and weight add dimension and natural flair to kitchen windows.
Whether or not woven wood shades come into contact with food or water, these window treatments should be cleaned weekly. Need cleaning tips? Our recent blog post on maintaining woven wood shades has you covered.
Need help installing window treatments?
Remodeling or refreshing your kitchen? Don’t forget to update your kitchen sink window treatments. Contact A+ Blinds today for a free consultation. Our team of window covering experts will help you find custom blinds, shades, or shutters that are easy to maintain and complement your decor.