Naked Windows

1.28.2011

I've been thinking about how to tackle my kitchen windows. When we tear out the wall between the kitchen and dining room--- we'll have a long kitchen. There will be a smaller window above the sink... and then three windows across one wall. You can see them here on the exterior of the house. They are the three that are on the left of the front door.



And here is a rough plan.....I have circled the windows:


After looking through many of my files... lots of kitchen windows are naked. What would you do? Leave them bare?


... add shutters?


panels....


some type of woven shade...


roman shades?


cafe curtains?

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My only hesitation about roman shades/woven shades is the top half of the window being covered. I think I would like them exposed since privacy isn't an issue.... although some type of shade would be fine at the window above the sink since it is higher. I think I lean towards some type of cafe curtains because as Doug pointed out to me--- they could be used on all four windows--- no matter what is going on underneath them (sink, window seat, or exposed). Decisions, decicions. Would love your thoughts! And yes... I have PLENTY of time to decide. This is just what's on my mind this morning!

30 comments:

Katharine Fuchs said...

I think you will have to move in and decide once all of your furniture is in place! Will there be a breakfast area in front of these windows? I love natural light so if I dress my windows I put the matchsticks (or romans) above the physical window so they only hang 1" below, and all my curtains frame the window instead of blocking the light. So exciting!!!

Dawn, said...

When we moved into our house... huge windows throughout... I couldn't afford window treatments right away because they were custom sized windows, which = custom window treatments, which = big bucks. Now, necessary windows like bedrooms and bathrooms have some kind of covering, but I find myself reluctant to do the ones in our giant familyrm/diningrm/kitchen. I NEVER would have thought naked windows would appeal to me. BUT they do now! I will say that I have 11" deep windowsills so I am able to have accent vases, ironstone, books on my sills and that adds some interest and warmth... just am loving the look for now.

paula said...

love the bare windows especially since privacy isn't an issue. Then again I may just being cheap ;)

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Cafe curtains, for sure - they feel new again!

Project Life said...

I know that privacy isn't an issue, but bare is just so naked in a plain kitchen ... I love cafe curtains and it is a good way to add some detail.

The Goodins said...

I just got bamboo shades and love them. The are easy to pull up to expose light and you can still see through them to the yard even when they're down. That helps block the glare during extra sunny times without totally covering up your view. Aren't the woven shades in the picture allowing the top half of the windows to be exposed? By the way...I love your blog! I'm from Meridian, too and live in Tuscaloosa now. Found your blog from friends' blogs. And I have a four month old son named Collins! It was my husband's grandfather's name. Lots in common :)

blue chickadee said...

I like the look of wood colored shutters on the 3 windows on the front of the house. bamboo shades are nice too....maybe on your kitchen window... I can't wait to see what you do with your house! You have so many great ideas!

Jennifer said...

I like bare windows over counters if privacy isn't an issue. Or maybe that's because my kitchen windows face North and it's really dark ...

Jennifer said...

PS I am LOVING all your inspiration pics for your new house. I think I have saved 85% of them :)

Dana {Southern Inspired} said...

I have always loved the look of cafe curtains. There is something so pretty about a little pattern and color in kitchens that are mostly neutral :)

Melissa said...

I like bare windows, although if that is your formal dining room, panels will be a nice touch. You could always do a cafe over the sink window in the same print.

But...your house is so reminicent of New Orleans-- shutters would be nice and authentic!

Carolyn Bloom said...

I love your blog.

I'd go "naked".

Caroline said...

I have a similar kitchen and keeping room setup and I did bare over the sink and panels on the others. The room is long and ceiling is just standard height. I think the panels really make it look taller where as something just at the top may have weighed it down. good luck!!

Caroline said...

I'm sure you are well aware, but cote de texas did THE BEST POST EVER on window treatments. I always check it when I need some inspiration.

The enchanted home said...

I love bare windows especially when they are pretty windows but then again shutters add so much charm. This is a great post and I loved literally every single picture you posted!
I am new to blogging, started my own blog 3 weeks ago about the buliding of our new dream home and my love for design and decor. Hope you will stop by!
This is a great blog..btw, really enjoyed looking at it!
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LLH Designs said...

I'm the worst at deciding these things for myself (I went bare for years!). But...I did just have my kitchen window dressed and love it! I did roman valences because I don't need them to be operational for any privacy or light reasons. I hung them high...just below the crown moulding so that I could create some height but also not block the beloved sun!

One of these days maybe I'll get around to blogging about it!

Happy FRIDAY!!!
Linsey

PS - Thanks for the bday wishes! It was an unbelievable day! 36 isn't so bad! :)

l.alden said...

Definitely do cafe curtains! I think they add just the perfect amount of color and pattern to a kitchen.

Stephanie Sabbe said...

go bare. atleast in the beginning

Julie said...

I say go bare at first. See how you like it, then if you decide you want to add some pop of color or change things up a bit and do the cafe curtains...

doug @ tracery said...

well, you know how I feel

Lisa @ Walsh Hill Design said...

I would hang a roman shade above the sink window, at the ceiling, so as not to block any light and give the illusion that the windows are larger. You can repeat this treatment on the other 2 windows, or hang panels in the same fabric pattern.... good luck!

jettstream said...

I'm with Doug; put up the cafes. They admit the best light (the top of the window), add richness, sound absorption, warmth--and privacy when needed. I recently replaced floor-to-ceiling draperies in one room with floor-length cafes. Privacy IS an issue in that room, so I love being "protected" from the street but still having all the light pour in.

satisfyingspacesblog.com said...

I like bare windows and shutters. These are great images!

Julie Holloway said...

For one client we did woven shades for 3/4 of the window exposing the top 1/4 always to the sun. I know it sounds weird, but it worked and they have enough privacy with the bottom being covered. Just a thought--I personally love panels in the kitchen...I say bring textures in, it is where we live!

Watson Family said...

We are having the same dilemma at our house in our kitchen. We are remodeling and at this moment, have open windows. Our house is high... so like you, privacy is not an issue. I tend to agree with you. I think a cafe style curtain would be great, then you get all that natural light in during the day... no mater if the curtain is open or closed. Have you looked at any cafe height shutters? They are beautiful and just as good as a curtain.

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I love woven blinds with panels on either side of a window.

carolina postcard said...

Hmm… that's a toughie, but I'm voting for the cafe curtains.

Sarah Beth said...

I love the naked windows or either shutters. I love clean, sharp lines, though. But shutters if sun is a problem coming in through those windows. You don't want your electic bill to be astronomical. :) I love that house and I am glad it was finally sold!

South East Installation Solutions said...

As a full-time window treatment installer I have seen a number of options that can give you both privacy and light control.

Cellular shades can be good for filtering light when they are covering the window and they stack pretty tight when open giving you almost the full view. You can also get the "top-down / bottom-up" option that allows you to reveal the top portion while maintaining privacy. Also along this line, Hunter Douglas offers a cellular shade with what they call the Duolite feature. It operates like the top-down/bottom up, but you actually pick two different fabrics (a light filtering fabric and a sheer or semi-sheer material). Go to HunterDouglas.com if you want to learn more about that.

If you like the woven woods, some companies also offer those with the top-down/bottom-up option.

If you want to leave the top half of the window open all the time, I like the look of a cafe-style plantation shutter. Or you could do double-hung shutters and open the top portion while leaving the lower portion closed.

Rene Veeravalli said...

These are lovely inspirations! If I had to pick one, I would surely pick the woven shade. Aside from its proven durability, it can also transform any simple room into a sophisticated and a more relaxing room. Anyhow, what did you chose for your kitchen window?

Rene @ BeltWayBlinds.com

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