Kitchen Window Treatments for Large Windows

Large windows make your kitchen feel, well, larger. Whether your windows are very wide, very tall or oddly shaped, we are sharing some ideas and tips for finding a large kitchen window treatment solution that is right for you.
Wide view of kitchen after Candice Olson, host of Divine Design, did a remodel. Wide view of bar area with stools, blinds, shelves, new floor tile, sink area, new lighting.

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Wide view of kitchen after Candice Olson, host of Divine Design, did a remodel. Wide view of bar area with stools, blinds, shelves, new floor tile, sink area, new lighting.

By: Lauren West

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.

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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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