Modern Kitchen Window Treatments

Swapping out old, drab kitchen curtains for new, modern window treatments can instantly brighten the space. Update your kitchen's window treatments design style using modern covering ideas.
Light-Filled Contemporary Kitchen Area With Modern Appliances

Light-Filled Contemporary Kitchen Area With Modern Appliances

This contemporary kitchen area feels large thanks to the angled ceiling and abundant natural light from the windows. The stainless steel appliances and long countertops are a home chef's dream, and the blue cabinetry and hardwood floors are serene touches.

By: Lauren West

Modern window treatments tend to draw attention to the windows or tie the windows in to the design features of the room. Classic elements and modern details can offer a beautiful balance. Whatever treatments you choose, they should enhance your kitchen's style, color and design.

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Modern Kitchen With Hardwood Floors

This modern kitchen features white accents and stainless steel appliances. Bar stools adorn the breakfast bar.

Updated Neutral Modern Kitchen With Custom Wood Cabinetry

This neutral modern kitchen was brought back to life by opening up the space and adding windows. Updated lighting was added to fit today's lifestyle and also respect the age and style of the space. Custom wood cabinets were added throughout. Thought was given to each finish to ensure that the original style of the house was retained with a more modern touch.

From: Jamie House

Neutral Modern Kitchen With Red Oven, White Island and Wood Wall

A crisp white island and matching shelves and cabinetry serve up ample storage in this modern kitchen. The open, neutral space is anything but boring thanks to a bright red oven, large pendant lights and an eye-catching wood wall.

Kitchen With Modern Finishes

A refinished concrete floor and whitewashed cabinets add to the cool charm of this airy kitchen.

Eat-In Kitchen Boasts Sleek, Streamlined Look

Streamlined white cabinets pair with rich wood islands and polished concrete floors for a sleek, clean look in this eat-in kitchen. A vibrant red pendant adds a bold splash of color to the space.

Photo By: Phil Kean Design Group

Bright, Eat-In Kitchen With Ample Storage Space

Bright and white, this spacious eat-in kitchen features twin islands for plenty of prep and storage space. Cabinets on both sides of the kitchen store all of your kitchen necessities. Integrated appliances, such as the ovens, refrigerator and wine cooler add a modernized touch to the sleek design.

Photo By: Michael Lowry Photography and Harvey Smith Photography

Modern Kitchen Features Quartz Countertop Islands & Curved Cherry Flooring

Cherry wood strip flooring, curved and bent in a pattern matching the radial form of the residence, is a spectacular example of the attention to detail in this modern kitchen. High-end finishes, like the Cambria quartz countertops, offsets the industrial elegance of the cast-in-place structural concrete wall. Floating storage echoes the elevated kitchen islands and influences the open feel.

White Modern Open Plan Kitchen With Wood Cabinets

This open concept kitchen elegantly fills an awkward space by adding a cozy dining nook in the back corner. The nook's dark gray accent wall combines with the hardwood cabinetry to give a refined touch to the all-white space.

Photo By: Alexia Fodere

Modern Kitchen With Elegant Globe Chandeliers and Tray Ceiling

This light and bright kitchen features two eye-catching globe chandeliers positioned over the kitchen island, which boasts a gray and white marble countertop like the rest of the kitchen. White glass front cabinets are paired with a white herringbone backsplash, while a light gray tray ceiling offers a finishing touch.

Modern Monochrome White Kitchen With Large Island and Stainless Steel Appliances

A mix of natural light and decorative light fixtures add to the bright look of this all-white kitchen. Polished white countertop reflects the light over smooth, large cabinets. A large island extends out to an eat-in area with simple white bar stools. Stainless steel appliances are built into the kitchen, and a few small decorative items add a personal touch to the design.

Brown and Green Modern Kitchen With Green Backsplash

Slotted in between gorgeous walnut cabinets, the bright green glass tile backsplash wakes up this tasteful kitchen. The white countertops are a subtle pairing that doesn't compete with the vibrant color.

White Modern Kitchen With Ocean View

This gorgeous modern kitchen echoes the serene beauty of a white sandy beach, punctuated by the stunning ocean view just beyond the room's enormous windows. Soft gray cabinets bring a touch of textured contrast, but the overall feel is sleek and airy.

From: Brittney Fischbeck

Modern, White Kitchen with Large Island and Orange Stools

Sleek and sophisticated, this white, modern kitchen is perfectly uncluttered and large -- ready for cooking and guests. The island doubles as a breakfast bar; the bar stools add the room's pop of color.

Photo By: Mark Bittoni

High-Contrast Kitchen Boasts Clean, Streamlined Look

Sleek, clean and sophisticated, this kitchen achieves the optimal atmosphere for preparing a meal. Minimal cabinet hardware, a waterfall island countertop and clean-lined barstools help to accomplish the crisp, streamlined look. The color palette is equally impressive; rich brown cabinets offer striking contrast against the crisp white surroundings.

Neutral Modern Kitchen With Long Stone Countertops

Long stone countertops run the length of this spacious modern kitchen. A mix of neutral stone and tile creates variety and texture in the monochromatic space.

A Light and Minimal Open Kitchen

This modern, minimal kitchen and living space is enveloped entirely in white, giving the home an otherworldly feeling of weightlessness. Baseboards and cabinetry bases are recessed, making walls and furnishings appear to float. Clerestory windows in the kitchen bring in loads of natural light.

Photo By: DKOR Interiors

Oversized Modern Kitchen Island With Table-Height Counter

This oversized kitchen island provides plenty of seating at the eat-in counter and additional seating at the table-height extension. Acrylic dining chairs and barstools don't weigh down the space, while sleek cabinetry provides a modern backdrop for the open kitchen.

Warm, Inviting Touches

A custom glass backsplash and granite countertops bring modern aesthetics. Designer Gregory Augustine integrated honey-colored leather stools and dark walnut cabinetry to add warmth and comfort to the space.

Photo By: Ralph Oswald

A Variety of Textures

A stone wall, glass tabletop and wood ceiling light fixture bring various textures to this kitchen designed by Elizabeth Rosensteel. The monochromatic gray tones in the countertops, cabinets, stools and backsplash bring a modern touch to the space.

Modern Chic

This kitchen, designed by Vanessa DeLeon, is filled with style, from the sophisticated piano to the sparkling light fixture. The fireplace by Panika Fires resembles a piece of art, and the shiny lacquer countertops bring an extra sparkle to the space.

High-End Design

The high-end appliances in this kitchen make it any cook's dream. The blue under-cabinet lighting allows the tile backsplash to shine, and the neutral tones in the kitchen create a striking contrast against the dark-toned cabinets. Design by Vanessa DeLeon

Eco-Friendly Chic

An eco-friendly kitchen design is a new and innovative way to cook. Designer Lori Dennis chose recycled countertops with silver flecks for some sparkle and the bamboo shades, cabinets and flooring and sleek hardware bring a modern touch to the space.

Modern Accents

The vertical lines in the bamboo cabinets give the appearance of a spacious kitchen. White accents and stainless steel stools are a nod to modern design. Design by Ken Kelly

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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. Keeping "modern" in mind, the spirit of the modern movement was to reject designing for mass appeal in favor of starker and more minimalist designs, while on the other end of the spectrum you will find designs inspired by the bold colors used in abstract art.

Some themes associated with modern design include clean and straight lines. Materials often used are stainless steel, chrome and other metallic applications. To achieve a modern feeling, minimalism and lack of clutter (accessories, embellishment, etc.) are fundamental. Primary colors or bold colors can be used for accents. Texture and natural fibers are an excellent complement to achieve a modern theme in the kitchen.

Anything near a stove or sink can absorb odors and soak up spatter. The material for kitchen window coverings can make the difference in how easy it is to maintain your new window treatments. For example, you can launder fabric draperies and other performance materials. You can also wipe down synthetic blinds, shutters, and solar shades with soapy water. But maintenance gets more tedious when you have to manage wood blinds and shutters, which have to be cleaned and conditioned with wood cleaner.

Natural light in the kitchen is essential. Modern designs tend to lighten things up. If your kitchen is particularly small, then light, cool colors can make it look larger and brighter while dark, warm colors can make an oversized kitchen feel more balanced and inviting. Modern curtains should have straight lines. Solid fabrics in luxurious material like micro-suede are a good solution. Simplify window elegance by using a monochromatic color palette. Take down the valance to modernize an existing window treatment. Draperies with grommets easily slide open and balance a traditional-feeling kitchen.

If you are trying to achieve a minimalistic kitchen style, curtains might not work in your design scheme. Bamboo or grass shades add a natural, textural element to the kitchen and still allow some light in.

If you have a wall of windows, floor-to-ceiling sliding screens or shoji screens work with the Zen philosophy of modern design. Rice paper gives privacy while allowing in light. Window film or frosted glass film can hide unattractive views while dressing your windows for the cleanest lines.

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