Key Considerations for Kitchen Blinds

Balancing aesthetic considerations with practical realities is especially important in a space like a kitchen. Not only is the kitchen the focal point of most homes, it is also a multi-functional room which serves a range of domestic purposes. So there are a few considerations which should be taken into account when choosing products such as window blinds.

Humidity
The kitchen can get pretty humid during food preparation due to excess steam. This means that fabric window dressings are not going to be especially suitable. They’ll draw moisture out of the air which will eventually cause a build-up of mould and mildew, which in turn causes health problems if left unattended.  So aluminium/wood venetian blinds or waterproofed rollers are going to the best way to go.

Cleaning and Maintenance
Spillages are very common in kitchens, both from food prep as well from cooking splash-backs. It’s a no-brainer then to install window blinds that can be easily cleaned. Vertical and venetian blinds allow for hassle-free cleaning and can usually be wiped down with a wet cloth. Wood window blinds are also useful in this regard. While rollers can be cleaned quite easily, you’ll probably have to remove them completely in order to do a proper job.

Light Control
A kitchen should be well lit for safety reasons, as well as for health and general well-being. Nobody wants to be in a space that is dark and gloomy (unless its bedtime). In addition, it’s not always pleasurable to work in direct sunlight. So it’s a good idea to achieve a happy balance between the two. Venetian blinds are very useful in this regards due to their ease of use. The slats can be adjusted easily to allow for as much or as little light as possible.

Positional Considerations
Kitchen windows are usually located above counters or sinks, which can make them difficult to reach. Therefore a window blind which allows for easy adjustment is highly desirable. While cord-operated blinds are very popular solutions, they’re not always well-suited to kitchen installation. For example a cord which dangles down into a waste-disposal unit in full-cycle tends to become an attention-getter very quickly. With this in mind, consider using a crank-operated window blind to guard against such a ruinous scenario. A motorised version might also be worth considering although be sure to keep the remote control away from liquids or surfaces which may be detrimental to its longevity.

Decorative Considerations
If you’ve decided on a window blind that fits well with your kitchen and can withstand stains, moisture, as well as over-enthusiastic waste disposal units, then it’s time to think aesthetically. Metallic blinds although very practical in terms of ease of adjustment and maintenance can come across as being rather clinical in design. Wooden versions might therefore be an alternative and go with any type of decor. They also lend a warm and tranquil ambience which is often lacking in kitchens.

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