The kitchen is frequently more than just a place to make meals or sit and read the paper over a cup of coffee. Even for a single person living alone, when you have a get-together with friends or family, the kitchen may serve as the central gathering place for lively conversation.
Regardless of how big or small your kitchen is, there's something about the room that seems to draw people into it to drink or snack while chatting about the latest events of the day, or just hang around.
It that respect, you should want to make that popular room in your home feel warm and inviting. One way to achieve this is to dress up the kitchen window.
However, sometimes people focus more on other kitchen decor, like new appliances, countertops, wall accents, etc., and overlook how much the kitchen window can add to the overall atmosphere of that room.
# What Style Window Does Your Kitchen Have?
Most homes have a kitchen window over the sink as a way to allow natural light into the room and take in the outdoor view. These are the most preferred window styles in many homes.
# Garden Window
A favored window for the kitchen, especially when placed above the sink, is a garden window. They take up minimal wall space, yet have deep sills for placing live plants.
They also allow an ample amount of natural light into the room and fresh air on warm, breezy days.
# Bow or Bay Window
Similar to garden windows, a bow or bay window has more of an arc design, yet still uses less wall space than a standard window. It also has a wider sill than a standard window and allows more natural light and air into the room.
Garden, bow or bay windows are all preferred choice of styles for kitchens, and there are many ways to dress up those windows to add a distinctive presence to the entire room.
# Let's Dress Up That Kitchen Window
You don't need to spend a lot of money to give your window its deserved attention. Here are a few ideas.
# Kitchen Window Curtains
Not everyone likes curtains. Additionally, depending on what's outside your kitchen window, you may not want them. For example, if your window looks out to natural wooded areas, you may simply want a window treatment, like a valance, but not full curtains that could block your view.
Another reason you may want to avoid curtains is the need to wash them often. Think of the backsplash and how often you need to clean it. That same grime may get all over the curtains too.
If you use lightweight fabric curtains, and you don't mind taking them down to wash them frequently, decorative curtains may be exactly what the kitchen window needs. They'll provide a bit of privacy, block any direct glaring sunlight that may come in, and add a splash of color to the room.
If you don't have a need for privacy and wish to keep full view of the outdoors from your kitchen window, add a valance to the top with a decorative rod. You may only need to take the valance down once or twice a year to freshen it up.
# Window Blinds and Shutters
If you don't like curtains, another idea to add some depth and color to the window is using blinds or shutters. You can buy them in either plastic or wood and they will only need light dusting periodically.
# Other Window Treatment Ideas – Without Curtains
There are a few ways to add that extra ambiance to the kitchen without using curtains, blinds, shutters or valances.
# Reclaimed Wood Art
Reclaimed wood is really in vogue today, thanks mostly to Joanna Gaines of the famous show on HGTV, "Fixer Upper." Take a piece of reclaimed wood and add decorations, a favorite saying or design, and place it above the kitchen window.
# Add Overhead Lighting
Pendant lights are a popular fixture for adding unique lighting to your kitchen. It also adds additional light over the sink. To avoid doing any hard wiring, buy a pendant light that plugs into an outlet that you can turn off and on with its own switch.
A great way to filter light and protect privacy is shutters for windows. Indoor shutters offer more control over these issues while outdoor shutters add style to the home and of course, can help protect windows during inclement weather. Custom shutters offer a perfect fit and pleasing design for almost any home.
# Do It Yourself Window Treatments
What better way to express your unique style than to create DIY window treatments. This is the ideal way to go if you need to decorate on a shoestring budget. Use your imagination and creativity to make your own pendant lights or reclaimed wood art instead of buying something at the local department store.
You'll save money and really give your kitchen window the special attention it deserves.
This guest post contribution was made by Proctor Drapery and Blinds. With over 35 years of experience, St. Louis’ window treatments expert Michael Proctor can help you find the perfect look and function for your windows.