Kitchen Window Treatments for Large Windows
Kitchen window treatments for large windows will complement the size of your window while still providing the light control, privacy and functionality you desire. Whether your windows are very wide, very tall or oddly shaped, you can find a solution that is perfect for the kitchen.
A Favorite Focal Point
Window treatments often turn into a design challenge or major investment, but let's face it: If you neglect your windows in favor of a different design focus, you'll be left with a bare view. Whether you find yourself in need of fresh window treatments, or are starting from scratch, we've gathered 10 trends to help you turn any window into your new favorite focal point.
One of the most popular window treatments at manufacturer Smith+Noble is the natural woven shades in bamboo and matchstick. Cindy O'Reilly, product development manager for Smith+Noble, has them in her home. "They let in diffused light, so I can see what's going on outside, but it's not just an open window, so I have some privacy," she says, "I think it works in so many different environments."
Covered in Color
We've seen white paired with black or navy. O'Reilly says blue is becoming the new "red" in the window treatment industry, with a variety of ocean hues in teal, aquamarine and soft green. Soft lavender and gray, dusty hues round out the soothing part of this palette. Persimmon, orange and gold will be popular jewel tones, while brown continues to dominate. "[Brown] has been, and continues to be, the new basic," says O'Reilly.
Luxury fabrics key in this category are silks, velvets, damasks, fur, leather and suede, according to Grace McNamara Inc. While the overall design trend leans toward simplicity, this trend will remain popular with those who desire embellishment and luxury. Linda Henry, editor-in-chief of Window Fashions magazine, says this trend includes "sparkling crystal, beaded tassels and lavish embellishments on every element of the window — hardware, trimmings and fabric."
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- victorian bedroom drapery
- victorian bedroom curtains
- antique blue table
- antique blue bedroom table
- distressed blue bedroom table
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- brass bedroom bookshelf
- horse upholstery
- brown and white upholstered armchair
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- soldier lamp
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Susan Schultz, trend specialist for Grace McNamara Inc., says decorative hardware had been dominated by metallics and sparkle for quite a while, but now is returning to wood and natural textures. Bamboo is also popular for its sustainable, environmentally-friendly quality.
Velvet and Grosgrain
"Soft textiles are still driving the market and styles," says Barrett. "Fashion and interiors trends are almost simultaneous now, and because of that you are seeing couture fabrications and dressmaker details such as ruffles, cording, beading, lace, etc."
Grosgrain, a strong, closely woven ribbed fabric usually made of silk or rayon, is used as a ribbon detailing on blinds and drapes. Velvet banding can also be used as detailing, or as ladder tape to cover up route holes for string in blinds. On a business trip in Milan, Italy, O'Reilly got velvet inspiration when she saw some grassy window shades with bits of velvet woven in. When she returned to the states, she incorporated the trend at Smith+Noble.
Simple, sleek lines are dominating window fashions in everything from flowing drapes to chrome decorative hardware. Creating sleek silhouettes against a window instantly lends a clean, modern look to any window and room. A quick way to get truly streamlined treatments is with popular panel-track systems. Unlike their ugly vertical blind precursors, panel-track systems are made of fabric or woven-wood panels and can be used as room dividers or on window walls or doors, says Henry. Influenced by Asian shoji screens, these panel-track treatments can look contemporary or European depending on the fabric.
Smith+Noble reports an extreme popularity of stripes and bold prints across all product lines, with bold stripes continuing as a trend in 2007. Bright florals that attract traditional tastes and graphic geometric patterns that offer youthful spunk are some of the bold prints being seen on windows lately. "With pattern becoming more important, it will change the way a designer designs for the window and how the client views her [or his] window fashion," says Barrett.
Silk is a pricier option for window treatments, but the shine and luxury of the fabric instantly wakes up a dull room. The Silk Trading Co. offers 100 percent Como silk panels in a variety of colors as well as embroidered silks, plaid silks and jacquard paisley designs. The online drapery maker is particularly helpful for building a window treatment and seeing how it looks before you order.
"Technology plays such a huge role in our lives and yet we yearn for simplicity," says Henry. Window blinds can now be controlled via remote, a light switch or even the Internet. But just because your windows have gone high-tech, it doesn't mean they have to be stark and uninviting. Layering fabrics with high-thread-count cottons is one trend sure to cozy up a window.
Green design is becoming a popular trend from consumers looking to combat allergies to those looking for heat- or cold-repellant window panels.
Performance fabrics have also gone "green," with anti-microbial, anti-fungal traits woven into the yarn or offered as a topical spray. Stain-resistant and mildew- and mold-resistant fabrics are also popular picks for allergy sufferers. Even the environmentally conscious will feel right at home with non-toxic dyes on fabrics.
Considering there are endless possibilities for window treatments, the shape and style of window along with a budget will help you determine the scope of the project.
Keep in mind the material for window coverings, which can make the difference in how easy it is to maintain your kitchen window treatments. Anything near a stove or sink can absorb odors and soak up spatter. For example, you can launder café curtains and other draperies. You can also wipe down synthetic blinds, shutters, and solar shades with soapy water. But it gets more tedious when you have to manage wood blinds and shutters, which have to be cleaned and conditioned with wood cleaner.
Vertical window coverings, such as a vertical blind or drapery panels, generally work best on windows that are wider than they are tall; they add height and formality to the room. Horizontal blinds for large window treatments—such as cellular shades and wood blinds—work best on windows that are taller than they are wide; they enhance a cozy and casual decor.
Where privacy is not an issue, a swag of patterned or colored fabric draped over a single window can also make a statement. A cornice or valance that's hung a few inches above the window casing brings your eye up, showcasing the full window view. Curtain rods can span an entire wall, end-to-end, to achieve grandeur and openness. Taking the large window's treatments all the way to the ceiling will make the kitchen feel even larger. A way to fill in the blank space left in between the ceiling and top of the window casing is to use Roman shades or textured blinds. Hang them just under the valance or curtain rod. If you want more privacy or light adjustment, they can be lowered to the bottom of the window; this not only adds beauty, but it also comes with great functionality. If you are adding side panels, make sure to size them wide enough to skim the sides of your windows.
For the most personalized effect, choose resources that express your lifestyle: materials, texture, colors and design.
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