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The kitchen is where we spend a lot of time; from cooking meals to sitting down at the table with family, the kitchen is frequented regularly. For most people, the kitchen is the pride and joy of a home. As such, it's important to dress the kitchen up, making it an aesthetically-pleasing space that both you and your guests will love and enjoy.
One of the best ways to make a kitchen look better is to spruce up the window treatments. Doing so is fairly simple, but the decorative impact of good window treatments is certainly profound. A humble curtain or unique shade will go a long way toward transforming the space. Even a lack of window treatments, when executed well, can boost the kitchen's aesthetic (more on that later).
However, it can be difficult to find the right window treatments for your kitchen. There are so many choices out there, from simple Venetian blinds to roller shades to sheer curtains. But fear not, because we created an illustrated guide that will give you a better idea of which window treatments will look best in your kitchen. Without further ado, let's get into it, shall we?
1. Light Floral Curtains
This kitchen features a pair of gorgeous light floral curtains. The floral pattern isn't too visually dominating, introducing the perfect balance of decor and simplicity. Since the curtains are soft and airy, they let in a fair amount of light which only adds to the quaint aesthetic. This window treatment is ideal in a kitchen with a lighter color scheme.
There is also a great variety of floral patterns available, guaranteeing you'll find the right colors for your kitchen. This also means that you can have floral patterns than blend with a great number of design aesthetics.
2. Wide Horizontal Venetian Blinds
Though Venetian blinds are undoubtedly the most common type of window treatment out there, don't be deterred from using them to spruce up your kitchen. A set of nice horizontal Venetian blinds can significantly augment a kitchen with a crisp, modern vibe. What's more, Venetian blinds are extremely functional; simply pull on the strings to adjust the amount of light to your liking.
You can dress up all of your kitchen windows with these blinds or just a select few. The choice is yours.
3. Long Floor-To-Ceiling Curtains
This kitchen features a set of long, airy curtains. The curtains let in a fair amount of light, but they filter out just enough to ensure that the kitchen isn't cast in harsh sunlight. The dainty quality of these curtains significantly boosts the aesthetic of the kitchen. These kinds of curtains tend to look best in long, narrow kitchens, as they help make the space look a bit grander.
4. Classic Valance Curtains
You can't go wrong with a set of classic valance curtains for your kitchen. The valance curtains in this kitchen are bold, serving as the focal point of the room. However, they aren't so bold as to detract from the rest of the kitchen's aesthetic. As you can see, curtains like these pair exceptionally well with some flowers on the windowsill.
However, keep in mind that this type of window treatment doesn't exactly provide a lot of privacy. If you're looking for privacy in the kitchen, pair the valances with some window blinds.
5. Modern Roman Shade
Roman shades are a great way to make the kitchen look sleek and modern. The Roman shades in this kitchen are color-coordinated with the kitchen's monochromatic gray color scheme. They are translucent enough to let in an adequate amount of sunlight. When you want to adjust the amount of light that enters the kitchen, simply adjust the shades accordingly.
These cordless Roman shades will be a perfect fit for virtually any kitchen due to their neutral color.
6. Layered Color-Coordinated Curtains
This kitchen features layered curtains that are color-coordinated with the rest of the kitchen's color scheme. Light, airy sheer curtains are the first layer, and a thicker cyan curtain overlaps it. This adds both texture and color to the kitchen. If your kitchen has a prominent color theme, consider matching it with your kitchen curtains for an amazing look.
Also, note how much more depth the colored curtain panel brings to the almost otherwise-neutral kitchen. Window treatments are a wonderful way to infuse some color into the room without overpowering the established look.
7. No Window Treatment
Believe it or not, you can choose to forego window treatments altogether in favor of a minimalist look. This approach will look best if the windows have some kind of trim that essentially acts as a window treatment in itself. Don't be afraid to go for a more minimalist approach in lieu of something bolder. The thick molding and casing around these windows certainly make them stand out.
8. Long Gray Curtains
Gray is the ultimate curtain color for fostering a modern ambiance. These floor-to-ceiling gray curtains match the rest of this modern kitchen's gray color scheme, resulting in a smooth and satisfying aesthetic. If your kitchen has some contemporary flair, consider using gray to complete the look.
9. Wooden Blinds
If your kitchen has a mixture of a modern and classic theme, consider using wooden blinds to dress up the windows. Wooden blinds are less common, so your kitchen is sure to stand out. These blinds are the perfect combination of classic and modern and will suit virtually any space. Wooden blinds are available in an assortment of colors and finishes.
These rich dark mahogany blinds will make an exceptional addition to the kitchen with a mix of modern and classic flair.
10. Airy Sheer Curtains
This kitchen features a set of airy light purplish curtains. The window in this kitchen is fairly large, and these curtains do a great job filtering out what would otherwise be harsh lighting while adding a unique texture to the space. This kitchen window treatment approach is simple yet timeless and effective.
Want to know more about sheer curtains? Read more about them here: What Are Sheer Curtains (With 11 Examples)
These light, airy sheer curtains are a great minimalist window treatment for a kitchen with dainty vibes.
11. Light Dainty Curtains
The window treatments in this kitchen are harmoniously synchronized with the rest of the kitchen's color scheme. These light and dainty curtains hang lazily over the windows, making for a chill ambiance. Being so light and airy, these kinds of curtains are perfect for a kitchen with a monochromatic white color scheme.
The full-window cafe height of these curtains ensures that they'll hang easily out of the way of your usual kitchen activities yet provide a sufficient amount of privacy.
12. Roller Shades
Roller shades are another great way to incorporate some sleek and modern elements in the kitchen. They filter out the harsh sunlight while not being so visually obtrusive as to detract from the rest of the kitchen's aesthetic. What's more, they are extremely easy to operate, and you can customize the light filtration to your liking. Simply pull them down as much as you see necessary for the situation.
These semi-translucent roller shades are a simple yet effective decorative addition that will make any kitchen look amazing.
13. A Living Window Treatment
Who says your window treatments have to be curtains or blinds? For a unique look that everyone is sure to remember, consider using some houseplants in lieu of conventional kitchen window treatments. This kitchen features an assortment of hanging and potted plants around the window, serving as a window treatment that is quite literally alive and vibrant. As an added bonus, the plants will keep the kitchen air fresh!
Pick out your most sun-loving plants to display up and down your kitchen windows for the best look. You can even regularly change out the window plants so they can all get a sunny display opportunity.
14. Extended Flanking Curtains
If your kitchen has an eating nook, consider flanking it with some long floor-to-ceiling curtains to make the space feel full. In this kitchen, the extended section is painted blue, so the choice of tan curtains is the perfect complement. The curtain color doesn't deviate much from the rest of the kitchen's color scheme, supporting the overall aesthetic.
15. Plantation Shutters
This kitchen features an array of plantation shutters. The white color seamlessly blends with the surrounding decor, and they add a sense of sophistication to the space. Additionally, plantation shutters are extremely simple to operate, and you can easily adjust the amount of sunlight that they filter.
These plantation shutters exude a combination of classic and sophisticated.
We hope this guide has given you some ideas for your kitchen windows. If you implement one of these ideas (or take some elements from several), the aesthetic of your kitchen will no doubt be boosted. Before you go, be sure to check out these other guides that might be of interest to you: