Choosing the perfect blinds for your kitchen can seem daunting with so many options now available. However, there are some types of blinds that are better for a kitchen environment that can be hot and steamy.
When choosing a window covering for your kitchen, most people will prefer blinds rather than curtains as they are more practical in this busy and often steamy room. If your kitchen window is above the sink you don’t want the bottom of your curtains getting wet and dirty. If the window is near the hob you don’t want them to be a fire hazard.
So how do you choose the best type of blinds for a kitchen?
As we mentioned already, the kitchen is often a busy and sometimes a dirty place when cooking or baking so your blinds need to be easy to clean. They also need to be able to withstand warm, steamy conditions, especially if your kitchen is small.
Our top 2 recommendations for kitchens are roller blinds and Venetian blinds.
Kitchen Roller Blinds
At Forth Blinds, we believe you can’t go wrong with roller blinds in your kitchen as they are available in a wide range of materials. A roller blind made with a PVC fabric is the easiest to keep clean, however, blinds made with a polyester material will be able to handle a warm, moist environment.
If you can’t find a pattern you like in these hardwearing fabrics, another benefit of a roller blind is that you can easily change the fabric after a few years without having to buy new rollers.
We also like roller blinds because they sit neatly close to your window and won’t get in the way when cooking or washing. And of course, they can be rolled up out of the way if you wish.
If you have uPVC windows in your kitchen, the ideal solution is to buy Perfect Fit roller blinds as they fit into your window frame and won’t flap about even if you have your window open.
Kitchen Venetian Blinds
Venetian blinds are always a popular choice for all rooms and they are suitable in kitchens too. We wouldn’t advise wooden Venetian blinds as they can get damaged by moisture and warp but aluminium or PVC slats will look great in your kitchen. If you really want the wood-look we would suggest Faux Wooden blinds that are fire retardant and waterproof.
Similarly to roller blinds, they are fitted close to your window so won’t get in the way while working in the kitchen. Although you can clean them, it probably takes a little longer cleaning each slat but they are durable and will look great for a long time.
The benefit of a Venetian blind over a roller blind is that even when they are down, you can angle the slats to let some light in.
If you do have uPVC windows, we will recommend Perfect Fit Venetian blinds as they are attached to your window surround and won’t move even when the window is open.
Other Popular Window Blinds Choices for Kitchens
Becoming more popular in recent years are Vision blinds or day and night blinds. They have all the benefits of roller blinds but also have translucent horizontal strips so that you can have them down for privacy but the translucent strip will allow light in. This is great if you enjoy working in a bright kitchen.
Vertical blinds with PVC slats are sometimes chosen for kitchens especially when there are tall windows.
With so many materials now available that can be easily cleaned and can withstand moisture, the choice of blinds for your kitchen is huge. It is not so much the type of blinds that you choose but the material you choose that makes them suitable for a kitchen.
When decorating your kitchen, we recommend speaking to your local professional window blinds company as they will be able to give you great advice and show you the best blinds for a kitchen. They will be up-to-date with the latest types of blinds so will know what is in fashion and what is new to the market. One of the latest products we can offer at Forth Blinds are blinds made from Greenscreen Sea-Tex Fabrics. These blinds are very environmentally friendly as they are made from 50% recycled sea plastic waste and the fabric is fully recyclable at end of life.
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Phil O’Brien is the owner of Forth Blinds in Prestonpans, Scotland.