Kitchen Blinds - Style and fabric choices
What's best for the kithcen?
It’s said that the kitchen is the heart of a home and if you’ve ever hosted a house party you’re bound to agree. Half way through the evening guests begin to trickle from your lovingly decorated living room into the kitchen and the last thing you want is to be embarrassed by a tatty pair of curtains or a mouldy kitchen blind. Instead why not splash out on something that you’re proud of?
However, a kitchen blind isn’t something that should be chosen in haste. Firstly you must acknowledge the environment you are working in. Kitchens can be damp places where germs and mildew thrive, especially if the ventilation is poor. Add in cooking smells and it’s easy to see why kitchen blinds so often look grubby.
Fortunately advances in fabric technology mean that there’s no reason why you have to be ashamed of your kitchen blinds. Today’s blinds have either been especially designed for use in damp environments or have been treated for kitchen use. Besides being resistant to mildew they’re easy to clean (with a moist cloth) and some can even be taken down and placed in the washing machine.
When it comes to choosing the right style, the world is your proverbial oyster. Most designs are suitable for kitchen use and it’s up to you to decide which best fits the bill. Recent years have seen a shift in popularity away from roller blinds (because of some of the problems outlined above) and Venetian blinds are the current favorite. Chrome and aluminum blinds appeal to contemporary tastes, while simple wooden slats effortless achieve a traditional feel. However, Venetian blinds do have some drawbacks (not the least of which is cleaning) and cost considerably more.
Whichever route you decide to go down; it’s worth weighting up the various pros and cons of each before making your decision. After all you are likely to be the one who has to stare at them each night while doing the dishes!