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Kitchen Window Design Ideas

Kitchen designs have changed dramatically over several generations. There was a time when the kitchen sink was expected to be installed in front of the window, peering out over the backyard. Mom was able to keep her eye on the kids while she dutifully washed, rinsed, and dried the dishes. Now the sink is no longer required to be in front of the window, or even against the wall. Some sinks are now located in the middle of the kitchen, on an island where there is extended counter space, shelving for your spices, and maybe even a couple extra burners for those weekend brunches with family and friends. Kitchen window designs have changed just as much as the rest of the kitchen has. The kitchen window is often viewed as a focal point for the rest of the kitchen to be designed around. Here are a few ideas to help get the designer in you creating your next kitchen layout. Floor-to-ceiling windows Who doesn’t love a kitchen filled with plenty of light? That is what floor-to-ceiling windows can offer your kitchen. Floor-to-ceiling windows work well in an open floor design where the kitchen, dining, and living area spill into the other. It gives the space a much more open feel to it. If your kitchen overlooks a garden, then your family and guests will have a wonderful time enjoying the beautiful views any time of the year. What’s more is that you could bring elements of your garden into the kitchen. Try planting an herb garden or small vegetables in pots in your kitchen. Drape your windows with floral coverings to add more privacy during the evenings. Play up patterns If you are working with a limited budget, you can try playing with fabric. Window treatments with bold patterns and colors can add pop to an otherwise boring kitchen. Try orange mixed with pinks and greens or how about mixing brown paisley with turquoise. If you think you will become bored with a particular pattern, you can switch them out to coincide with seasons or holidays. To get the most out of your window treatment, be sure to choose material that is flame and water resistant. Long tie-backs and cords should be pulled away from open flames, children, and pets. Be mindful of whether your kitchen coordinates with any other areas of the house. Use colors that blend from one room into the other to create a feeling of flow. Classic style: plantation shutters What’s old is new again but honestly, the classics never go out of style. Plantation shutters bring back images of hot southern nights on the porch with an ice-cold mason jar filled with sweet tea. Plantation shutters come in a variety of finishes including light and dark natural or faux woods. You can also choose to paint them in a color that suits your tastes. Shutters add a touch of privacy while letting in lots of natural light into the kitchen, a complete contrast to the floor-to-ceiling window option.  No matter what look you are trying to achieve with your kitchen windows, just know that you are not stuck with the same old boring frilly curtains your parents and grandparents may have had. Options in kitchen design are about as varied as any other part of the house.  Avery Wilson loves DIY design and her new kitchen (Photo Courtesy of MorgueFiles)
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Kitchen designs have changed dramatically over several generations. Here we offer some kitchen design ideas to get your remodel started.

Kitchen designs have changed dramatically over several generations. There was a time when the kitchen sink was expected to be installed in front of the window, peering out over the backyard. Mom was able to keep her eye on the kids while she dutifully washed, rinsed, and dried the dishes. Now the sink is no longer required to be in front of the window, or even against the wall. Some sinks are now located in the middle of the kitchen, on an island where there is extended counter space, shelving for your spices, and maybe even a couple extra burners for those weekend brunches with family and friends.

Kitchen window designs have changed just as much as the rest of the kitchen has. The kitchen window is often viewed as a focal point for the rest of the kitchen to be designed around. Here are a few ideas to help get the designer in you creating your next kitchen layout.

Floor-to-ceiling windows

Who doesn’t love a kitchen filled with plenty of light? That is what floor-to-ceiling windows can offer your kitchen. Floor-to-ceiling windows work well in an open floor design where the kitchen, dining, and living area spill into the other. It gives the space a much more open feel to it. If your kitchen overlooks a garden, then your family and guests will have a wonderful time enjoying the beautiful views any time of the year. What’s more is that you could bring elements of your garden into the kitchen. Try planting an herb garden or small vegetables in pots in your kitchen. Drape your windows with floral coverings to add more privacy during the evenings.

Play up patterns

If you are working with a limited budget, you can try playing with fabric. Window treatments with bold patterns and colors can add pop to an otherwise boring kitchen. Try orange mixed with pinks and greens or how about mixing brown paisley with turquoise. If you think you will become bored with a particular pattern, you can switch them out to coincide with seasons or holidays. To get the most out of your window treatment, be sure to choose material that is flame and water resistant. Long tie-backs and cords should be pulled away from open flames, children, and pets. Be mindful of whether your kitchen coordinates with any other areas of the house. Use colors that blend from one room into the other to create a feeling of flow.

Classic style: plantation shutters

What’s old is new again but honestly, the classics never go out of style. Plantation shutters bring back images of hot southern nights on the porch with an ice-cold mason jar filled with sweet tea. Plantation shutters come in a variety of finishes including light and dark natural or faux woods. You can also choose to paint them in a color that suits your tastes. Shutters add a touch of privacy while letting in lots of natural light into the kitchen, a complete contrast to the floor-to-ceiling window option. 

No matter what look you are trying to achieve with your kitchen windows, just know that you are not stuck with the same old boring frilly curtains your parents and grandparents may have had. Options in kitchen design are about as varied as any other part of the house. 

Avery Wilson loves DIY design and her new kitchen

(Photo Courtesy of MorgueFiles)

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