Kitchen Window Treatments - Top Décor Styles
Window treatment suggestions
Kitchens aren't just for cooking anymore. Today they can be a stylish centerpiece, the hub of family life or even an area devoted to entertaining. As more attention is paid to their design, installing the perfect kitchen window treatments becomes essential for conveying atmosphere.
Not just any old curtain or window hardware will suffice when striving for the ideal kitchen décor. Choosing your kitchen window treatments depends on the style of kitchen you have; here are the best window treatment suggestions organized by decorating theme:
Country kitchens are back in vogue. Evoking a pleasant, homey feeling, country style ranges from bright and simple to cluttered and cozy. Try small floral or fruit patterns and colored block checks in a set of tab curtains or balloon valance. Fabrics such as muslin, cotton, canvas and woven fabrics work well. Or skip curtains altogether and place a carved wooden shelf above the window, then decorate with copper pots or garland.
Further reading: Jocasta Innes' Country Kitchens (Universe, 2003) covers every style from Provincial French to Colonial American. Read up and learn how to perfect every look from grand manor house to rustic farm.
Celebrate sleek and modern; maximize the impact of tile and stainless steel by integrating your kitchen window treatments into your contemporary décor. Simple curtain designs are best for maintaining the 'clean' look; let in the light with sheer fabrics such as treated or raw silk and muslin. Bright primary colors and geometric patterns work well or add some texture with corduroy and canvas. A simple pull shade will quietly blend in while a Roman shade adds decorative flair. Or affix a set of glass shelves onto the window and place a couple of clear, colored glass objects onto them.
Further reading: Kitchens by Elle Décor (Filipacchi Publishing, 2002) looks at the most stylish kitchens across America and Europe ; enjoy peeking into the contemporary designs by Calvin Klein and Donna Karan.
Go retro; use your window treatments to evoke the family kitchens of the 1960s. Try cherry prints or vines and small hanging mini-drapes; finish your curtain rods and poles in lacquer and enamel. For a funky 'diner style,' hang up a pair of café curtains. Complete the look by hanging retro pictures and prints alongside the window.
Further reading: Jane Powell and Linda Svendsen's Bungalow Kitchens (Gibbs Smith Publishers, 2000) blends early 20 th century styles with all the modern conveniences of today's kitchens.
Old European kitchens provide a unique yet popular style. Try traditional Laura Ashley florals, ruffled valances and white shutters for an English air. Invoke the warmth and bustle of an Italian country kitchen by hanging strands of garlic and peppers in large windows. Stick to washed out shades of warm colors. If you're creative, why not mimic your own fresco by painting with watercolors around the window frame? French subtlety can be conveyed through shades of white and blue, bistro curtains and brass curtain rods. Spanish influence is supplied by deep, warm colors such as maroon and burnt sienna, decorative wall tiles and embroidered panels.
Further reading: Kitchens That Work: The Practical Guide to Creating a Great Kitchen (Taunton Press, 1999) by Martin and Richard Edic investigates style ideas within the free standing European kitchen.