In order for the interior of your kitchen to look stylish, it should have some blinds. How to choose blinds for the kitchen? Their main tasks are to create coziness, a homely atmosphere, add lightness and a feel of space. Window blinds can also protect you from prying eyes while emphasizing the shape of the windows masking all their shortcomings. When choosing blinds, you need to consider a variety of criteria but if you do manage to choose some suitable blinds from renowned collection of Hunter Douglas window coverings, their harmonious appearance will transform your kitchen.
Horizontal vs vertical blinds
First of all, you need to decide on the kind of blinds you need – horizontal and vertical ones.
Horizontal blinds represent blinds with lamellas (the slats of which blinds consist), located horizontally. They can not only be opened or closed, but also you can rise them up and down. Horizontal blinds come in different sizes and can be made of plastic, aluminum, wood, and bamboo.
Vertical blinds represent curtains, the slats of which hang down from the top. At the top, the lamellae are fixed to the cornice, and at the bottom, they are connected with the help of a chain. Vertical blinds can only be made of fabric or fiberglass. They can be opened from right to left, from left to right or from the center in both directions.
Choosing material for your blinds
Plastic blinds. There are the lightest; they do not need much care and are cheaper than any other type of blinds, but they can be broken very quickly and eventually such plastic blinds burn out or even deform due to overheating from sunlight. Their service life is usually only 1-2 years. Blinds made of plastic also give a sort of office look, however, modern PVC blinds can have different textures resembling wood and such.
Aluminum blinds. If you are choosing blinds for your kitchen, we suggest you opt for aluminum blinds. Yes, aluminum blinds are more expensive than plastic or fabric ones, they are also more “noisy” and many associate these with office blinds too, but they are much more durable and easier to take care of. Aluminum blinds are also moisture and fire resistant and they do not burn out in the sun;
Wooden blinds. This type of blinds is the most expensive one, but it is also the most beautiful type of blinds. Wooden lamellas are eco-friendly, they are relatively durable, but are more whimsical in terms of cleaning;
Bamboo blinds. Bamboo blinds are easy to clean and are more practical than wooden ones. They look good while being quite affordable. Over time, though, they become slightly stretched do to their own substantial weight.
Blinds made of fabric. This is an excellent type of blinds for your kitchen, because they are, first, beautiful, and secondly, they are practical and durable due to their design and material. The fact is that the fabric lamellae are treated with a special impregnation (an acrylic or polyvinylchloride one) so that the fabric is not covered with dust, does not absorb odors, fat and household contamination while also being resistible to burning out in the sun. Hunter Douglas drapes are another great fabric-made variant. The greatest feature of fabric window coverings is that they allow almost any design and thus can match even the most exquisite interior.