Staring out the kitchen window in the morning is one of my more practiced rituals. I’ve stared out this same kitchen window at one time or another for practically my entire life. Well, the same view at least. When Dave the Builder and I tackled the kitchen renovation we replaced the 40+ year old existing single pane windows with ThermaStar by Pella® replacement windows. The next move was to consider kitchen window treatment options.
A window treatment does not always consist of fabric, sheers, shutters, slats or shades. Yes, you read that right. A window treatment placing the focal spotlight on the window(s) above the kitchen sink can be the window and frame itself.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the statement, “we paid a fortune for these windows and I just hate to cover them up.” If privacy is not an issue, resist traditional temptation to cover them up and let the sunshine in!
Dave the Builder and I have had many
fights conversations about this exact topic of design. Design, fit, form and function always factor in ahead of decorative consideration. Take a look at exhibit A in the image below (one taken before the repaint project and one after). In the windows of the world of existing construction, a decision to work with what you have is not out of the norm. No way was I on board for enlarging the width or height for a new window unit. Too much sugar for a decorative dime! We removed six(6) small side shelves from the existing wall cabinets on either side of the window. Dave suggested we install new panels matching the cabinet doors to cover up demo blemishes and follow through with the look. He also suggested the window was in need of a window treatment. I suggested he needed to rethink his suggestion. A decorative compromise was reached and up went the blind.
Fast forward to the ugly leftover shown above. Dave redeemed himself with his suggestion to use the corbels I had ordered for another install as decorative framing.
Kitchen window treatment options o’plenty to consider that cover the pane area without covering decorative frames range from inside mount shades and blinds,
a window within a window treatment such as hanging a framed piece of leaded or stained glass within the window, or