Blinds For The Kitchen
By: Judith Persit
As more and more time is spent in the modern kitchen, special consideration should be given to what type of window blinds will create the desired atmosphere. After all, studies document that out of the sixteen hours of the average day, the average housewife spends almost five hours in the kitchen, which is a third of the awakened hours. This makes the kitchen the third busiest room in the house behind the bedrooms and the TV/family room.
In addition to creating a room with a specific ambiance, the practical aspects of the kitchen will almost always take priority with emphasis on the type of living and family needs. Brightness during daylight hours is important as the kitchen is a full-time working area. Ease of maintenance in its design is also a critical aspect. All these considerations are important as is the availability of the best blinds to accommodate them. Choosing the right blinds will make this room into an indicator of the pulse of your home.
Windows can enhance kitchen lighting. However, if you have a window which has a highly intense solar effect, then blinds for those windows can help. The blinds for that type of window can filter the sun, and let the rays still enter, without blocking it out completely. Thus, mini blinds can be a great choice. Consider perforated metal mini blinds, which allow the sun to enter in a filtered fashion through the blinds slats. Other materials that can be good for this type of space are fabric screen blinds. These can be light filtering, and there are many washable blinds fabrics from decent suppliers.
Because certain areas of the kitchen are subject to “intensive” use, wood blinds are not recommended because of the possible warping effect whenever exposed to water and high humidity. Whenever fabric blinds are used, low priced non-washable fabrics should not be used. Only washable fabrics that repel debris and dirt are recommended in kitchen blinds. Keeping in mind that no fabrics can be washed thoroughly, fabric blinds should not be machine washed or scrubbed aggressively.
Blinds fabric can be taken down, and treated gently by washing in cool water with a very mild soap. Then the slats can be rinsed and rehung. It is also recommended that you place a towel below the blinds after you rehang the slats, as the remaining water will run down in them, and you do not want to make a new mess form that.
What of PVC blinds? Well, I am glad you asked. PVC is okay to use, in that it is not susceptible to water, and can help to moderate the light, however, remember that PVC is only safe is it is not heated up. If your kitchen is not well ventilated, or the blind is close to the windows, it is not recommended to use PVC blinds. This is not a chemistry lesson, but you should understand that the 'C' in PVC stands for chloride. If your blinds are exposed to too much heat, then the slats can cause a release of unhealthy and dangerous chemicals. Also, PVC blinds can absorb colors from smoke, and can be the hardest types of blinds to clean.
Several profiles of PVC for are available for blinds - flat, curved and expanded foam. The expanded foam profile is widely promoted to be used for kitchen blind applications. One must always carefully choose where PVC blinds are to be installed. Surrounding areas to the blinds may not experience abnormally high temperatures. However, windows themselves can reach unbearable heat, and the kitchen, when cooking for extended times, can also reach these high levels of calefaction. This contrasts with the common times of cold from air conditioning, as well as radiant cold from outside. These changes must be able to be withstood by your blinds.
Kitchens can be will appointed with beautiful appliances and countertops. Why not ensure that your blinds add to that look and do not detract. Consider the various options and make sure you are ready to manage the light with your blinds. Also, ensure that the material that you select for the blinds is not only safe, but also easy to clean. The elements in the kitchen can be beautiful and fun, but they can also be dangerous. Ensure that your blinds are safe in the way that they are installed and that they do not interact negatively with the rest of the space.