Choosing blinds for your kitchen
Kitchens are the busiest areas within our homes, and as anyone will tell you, they are used for many other functions than just making three meals.
Although usually unintentionally, the kitchen becomes the hub; the busy center where meals are prepared, snacks are stolen and some of the most important conversations take place.
With the kitchen being the busiest room in the house it is essential to choose blinds (and other furnishings) that you not only love to look at, but are practical and easy to clean as well.
You’ll want something attractive yet practical. So which blinds are best?
All the smells, spraying and steam that are byproducts of cooking fall on the surfaces in our kitchens making moisture fall and form in places it usually wouldn’t. This makes fabric a very uncommon choice in the kitchen as it isn’t wipe-clean, is easily stained and changes appearance on contact with liquids. The best choices for blinds are therefore Venetian Blinds or, if fully rolled away when cooking or washing up, Roller Blinds.
Venetian Blinds offer privacy without compromising on style or natural light. They obstruct the view into your house yet they allow the sunlight to flood in. This style of blind is easy to clean and comes in a variety of materials; Aluminium, Ecowood and Basswood. Aluminium and Ecowood are recommended for use in the kitchen as, unlike Basswood, they don’t warp or crack in the heat or humidity. Ecowood – a PVC blind, treated to look and feel like timber – is a great choice for the kitchen as the material cannot be penetrated by any substances; it can also be easily wiped clean. Aluminium Venetian Blinds are also very resistant to heat and humidity and the metal won’t warp or crack; they can be easily wiped cleaned and take up a lot less space than either Basswood or Ecowood Blinds, with each blade only measuring 25mm in width. These blinds offer the added convenience of being able to position the blades at any angle – offering you unlimited control over privacy and how much sun light you want in your room.
Roller Blinds come in a variety of materials, with a variety of thicknesses, each for different purposes around the home. They can be rolled up to reveal the whole window or at a height of your choice for sun filtration purposes. You’ll find roller blinds in a variety of colours and styles and can be used to compliment any room in the home– in a kitchen, a coloured blind can make up for a lack of colour on the walls. They come in many different thicknesses, from black out blinds to sun screens – they also help to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Things to Consider
When it comes to blinds for your kitchen, it really comes down to privacy, light and the view from your kitchen windows. Does your kitchen window overlook a private garden, where you can easily leave your blinds open to enjoy the view? Perhaps your kitchen opens out onto a busy street, where you’d like to have a bit more privacy while still enjoying the natural light. You may even prefer a darker blind, to help accent the light provided by your kitchen lighting. Whatever the desired look for your kitchen blinds, The Blinds Company offers a great selection of options that are custom cut and ready to fit after three easy steps. Contact our experts to find the right blinds to complement your home.