Tips for styling your kitchen windows

When it comes to the kitchen, homeowners tend to overlook the importance of window fashions. Aside from providing a stylish aesthetic, window treatments can help maintain an appropriate temperature and cut down heating costs. Take a look at some of the ways to use curtains, drapes and custom window blinds in your kitchen:

  • Follow color trends: "The terra cotta shades are very 'in' mixed with greens, blacks and golds," Sue Pelley, national spokesperson for Interiors by Decorating Den, tells "You can also mix cotton fabric prints, either within a treatment or coordinating a print in the valance or cornice with another print on the cushion seats or place mats."
  • Keep it simple: Unlike other rooms of your house—such as the living room or dining room—simplicity often trumps fanciness in the kitchen. Since the most important features of the kitchen are ultimately your appliances and chef's area, the window fashions are an added touch. You don't want to use an excess of fabric, so try an upholstered cornice instead of elaborate drapery.
  • Let light in: It is important to bring a lot of natural light in the kitchen as you will be spending most of your mornings at the breakfast table. Nothing goes as well with sunny-side up eggs quite like some natural sun. To ensure that you are getting the right amount of sunlight, try using pleated shades or a valance in your kitchen.

If you're looking for new window fashions for your kitchen or any other room in your house, be sure to stop into Bazaar Home Decorating Center. Our expert staff members will show you how to choose appropriate-looking styles.