Kitchen blinds or curtains – which one is right for you?

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  • Well-chosen curtains and blinds can complete a kitchen, turning it into an inviting space. But which window dressing is the right one for you?

    Window-dressing is usually the last thing on your to-do list when planning your new kitchen.
    But not only can the right choice make all the difference between a
    functional food-preparation area and a homely space, but they play other
    important roles, too. Coloured or patterned fabric injects life into a
    kitchen, and can be a continuation of your colour scheme, window
    treatments offer privacy, plus they also provide insulation in the
    colder months.

    Curtains vs blinds
    Both blinds and
    curtains have a part to play in the modern kitchen – although blinds are
    thought to be the more practical choice. They are usually less
    expensive, and their streamlined shape suits a busy cooking zone better
    than billowing curtains. Blinds also provide privacy, and suit modern
    glass extensions, too.
    In an open-plan space, a full-length curtain in a complementary fabric
    can soften the scheme, and mark out living zones from cooking areas.
    Also, heavy curtains will keep warmth in and draughts out – perfect for
    the space where you gather for family meals.

    Ready-made vs off-the-shelf
    Many department stores offer a broad selection of ready-made
    curtains
    and blinds to suit standard windows – but what’s considered
    ‘standard’ varies, so you’ll need to shop around. For curtains,
    ready-made usually means pencil pleats. When it comes to blinds, a wider
    range of options is often available, and they are normally much quicker
    to make than curtains.
    In larger, open-plan rooms with windows of different sizes, buying
    custom-fitted blinds is likely to be a better option. While more
    expensive than buying off the shelf, made to measure offers a far wider
    selection of fabric and styling choices, and a blind measured
    specifically to your windows ensures the best possible finish.

    Which fabric?
    Kitchens are hot and steamy, with grease hanging in the air, and
    while good extraction is a given in the modern kitchen, blinds and
    curtains are easy casualties. For windows in cooking zones, choose a
    fabric that can cope. A number of roller blind fabrics are
    polyester-based, making them easily wiped down, and moisture and
    shrink-resistant. Standard decorative fabrics won’t work in heavy-duty
    areas, although they are a good choice for living zones.

    Be inspired by these gorgeous window treatments…

    Roller blinds A flat, stiffened panel of
    fabric, the clean lines of a roller are perfect for contemporary
    schemes. They are an excellent option for Velux windows. Blind from Luxaflex

    Venetian blinds These are made of slats of wood, metal or
    plastic that can be tilted, raised or lowered to adjust the level of
    light and privacy. Kitchen by Martin Moore

    Vertical blinds Providing an alternative to curtains in
    modern schemes, these are a good choice for French windows. Vertical
    widths vary and there’s a range of fabrics and textures, including
    blackout and solar-protection options. Blind from Luxaflex

    Eyelet curtains In this simple and modern curtain style,
    the pole threads straight through a metal-rimmed eyelet. Combining
    curtains and a Roman blind as seen here creates a softer look. Blind and
    curtains from Hillary’s

    Roman blinds Lifting up into a neat stack of folds, this
    style has the softest, feminine look of all blinds. Choose heavyweight
    fabric for insulation. Blind, The Natural Curtain Company

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