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Curtains or Blinds for Kitchen Windows?

When decorating your kitchen, choosing a curtain or blind could be the last thing on your mind. However, dressing your windows correctly can have a huge impact on the overall look of the room, so it’s important to make the right decision.

Choosing a window dressing mostly boils down to personal taste, but choosing one that not only looks great, but keeps up with the demands of the kitchen, can be a difficult task.

So, which is best for your kitchen window: curtains or blinds? Both have their pros and cons, but don’t worry – we’ll run you through each of them to help you make the right decision.

What style are you looking for?

This is probably the most important question – what look are you after?

If you have a more traditional kitchen and are seeking something softer and homelier, curtains may work better in your kitchen space. Alternatively, if you’re wanting something more sleek and modern, choose blinds.

Think about the pattern and colour you’d like for your window dressing. If you’re wanting a bold or printed design, a Roman blind would work perfectly, whereas curtains are a better option if you’re looking for something more neutral and toned down.

Another thing to consider is light. With blinds, you can control the amount of light you let into the kitchen, whereas with curtains you either let light in or shut it out, so consider this when making your decision.

What's your window like?

Another thing to consider – what are your kitchen windows like?

Look at the position of your window. If, like many people, your window sits above your sink, then a blind would work perfectly as it won’t drape and will neatly fit into the space. Short, café style curtains with ties would be a good alternative if you’d prefer curtains, and they’ll look lovely in a traditional kitchen. 

Have a floor-length window in your kitchen? Curtains will look great dressing a window like this, as they allow for a light and breezy feel. But remember, if your windows are anywhere near your cooker, then always choose blinds over curtains to prevent a hazard. You don’t want any billowy fabric catching fire!

What about cleaning?

If you have children or are just a messy cook, cleaning could be an important factor when choosing your perfect window dressing. Blinds are generally easier to clean and maintain than curtains, so opt for them if you spend a lot of time cleaning up.

Venetian blinds are the best option if cleaning is a determining factor for you. Not only are they easier to clean and maintain than curtains, but due to their wooden or metal slats, odours won’t cling to them.

Kitchen odours do have a tendency to cling to some fabrics, so if you choose curtains or a fabric blind, opt for lightweight materials and avoid any heavy fabrics such as polyester or nylon.

If you need further advice and inspiration on dressing your kitchen windows, take a look at our guides to traditional and country kitchen window styles.