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How to Buy Kitchen Window Treatments

Food doesn't have to be the only thing with taste in the kitchen. Set the tone for your kitchen and show some flare with the perfect window treatments.


  • Step 1: Try Roman shades made of rattan, bamboo, or other natural fibers if you want an uncluttered look that is interesting visually without limiting ease of use.
  • Step 2: For a light touch, craft a decorative fabric valance in the kitchen colors. Leave the rest of the window bare to emphasize your view.
  • Step 3: Stick with simple, attractive cafe curtains to avoid distractingly overwrought flourishes. Consider using contemporary colors and dainty touches for a fresh look that enhances the appeal. Whatever you choose, make sure the window treatments reflect your style and give the room a look that you enjoy.
  • FACT: Glass was first mass-produced as window glass in 1902, by Irving W. Colburn.
  • TIP: The more elaborate the treatment, the better it is to get a professional company or craftsman to do the work.
  • Step 4: Create a formal, dignified look with an empire style valence, featuring cone shaped pleats between regal swags. Mount them outside the window frame for a continuous visual line of color.
  • Step 5: Install a curvy, fabric-covered boxed cornice with plywood, batting, and fabric around your window. This looks great and hides pulled-up blinds.
  • Step 6: Get fancy and put up swags -- or triangular side panels -- flowing over fabric rosettes if you want to emphasize the architecture of an arched or otherwise handsome window. This also counterbalances the geometric lines throughout the kitchen.
  • TIP: Remember that a small kitchen needs lighter, cool colors to look larger and brighter, while darker colors can make a larger kitchen more intimate.
  • Step 7: Put in matching wooden blinds for privacy and control of light. Prevent some heat loss in the room by shutting them at certain times of the day. If you're concerned about the fading, wearing, rotting, or warping that affects wood, select vinyl blinds instead.
  • Step 8: Create your concept. Look through catalogs or home improvement magazines for ideas. Better yet, visit a local home decor retailer, where you can look at different styles in person.

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