If you are engaged in the repair of the kitchen, you should know that even the smallest details during its design should add up to a harmonious and integral picture. And even a trifle can spoil a stylish and fashionable decoration, or, conversely, fabulously transform it. That is why, in addition to choosing a design style trends, materials and design concept, it is so important to think over and stylishly design a window in the kitchen. And what it should be depending on certain factors, we will tell in our article. In it, we have collected the latest and current recommendations from designers from around the world.
A window cannot be considered an ordinary opening in the wall, serving solely for the penetration of light and air into the kitchen. This element of space is able to give design harmony and completeness, while also performing the function of sheltering the private life of households from the outside world.
But before you take on the transformation of the kitchen window, you should consider several nuances of its design:
Practicality – the materials used to design the window should not only be beautiful and high-quality, but also easy to clean and replace if necessary. The fact is that the smallest grease particles and smells are quickly absorbed into the textiles hanging on the windows. In addition, the presence of protective functions can be called practicality, which implies the ability to obscure the room from the sun if necessary, and the people in it from prying eyes;
Compliance with the style – so that the window decor is successful, consider not only the practical value of the new curtains, but also choose them, based on the color design and style of the room;
Kitchen area – the smaller the room in size, the more difficult and heavy elements of decoration will look unprofitable. The same applies to curtains framing the window.
When choosing window textiles, trace the compatibility of fabric with the color scheme of the walls. Harmony will be established if for the window decor you select a fabric of tone two to three lighter or darker than the walls.
Combining basic design details and seemingly invisible little things, you will achieve a perfectly stylish interior. That is why, making out a window in the kitchen, it is so important to choose textiles for the surrounding environment of a particular style.
And literally each interior style has its own types of curtains:
- Modern stylists, like hi-tech or modern, are more suitable for Japanese or Roman curtains, which are beautiful in their minimalistic elegance, as well as blinds made of wood or metal;
- The classic direction will look good in tandem with massive curtains, complemented by openwork tulle. The pattern on such curtains can be floral, floral or represented by fancy monograms;
- East style. For a kitchen decorated in oriental style, photocurtains with calligraphic decor are the best suited. Another option can be multi-level curtains, complemented by beautiful pelmet or swag;
- The French Provence style requires additions in the form of lightweight curtains decorated with small flowers and certainly in bright colors;
- Country style. As part of the country-style, the ideal solution would be to complement the window with wooden blinds. When choosing them, you need to take into account the moment that the curtains should be in harmony with other textile elements, such as covers for chairs or tablecloths;
- Minimalist finishes require equally unpretentious looking but stylish roller blinds. Ideally, they should be translucent;
- The avant-garde style in the design of the kitchen will be emphasized with the help of flowing, long curtains in saturated colors. The ideal one is the choice of bright fabric with blue-black pattern. For example, red or green curtains, complemented by a white and black lambrequin.
Choosing the perfect tandem “interior style – curtains”, consider the crucial point – which side of the world your kitchen window is looking at. If west or north, dark shades of curtains would not be the best choice!
Most people living in apartments and houses do not use a window sill. Well, except for arranging potted flowers, souvenirs or storing newspaper magazines. However, the area under the window can be used much more efficiently, as a result of which allows you to ever free up excess space. In particular, such a solution will be relevant for small kitchens.
Most often, the kitchen window sill is used to organize the workplace. All that is needed is to put an additional countertop on its entire length. Having slightly widened the window sill in width, even a sink can be installed on it.
The windowsill can turn into a bar, which will be an excellent solution for those who dreamed about it, but the kitchen area did not allow it. All that is needed is to make a countertop under the window and place high bar stools near it. In the morning it will be nice to drink a cup of coffee, watching the dawn, or sit in the evening, savoring a glass of wine.
The windowsill can be turned into a compact dining table. Of course, a noisy company of friends or relatives will not gather behind him, but there will be enough space for a couple of people.
Another opportunity to use the windowsill will be the arrangement of additional storage places under it. Having made its width a little larger, a cabinet can be placed under it, which follows the design of the decor of the kitchen set. In the absence of a battery, even a dishwasher or narrow washing machine can be placed in the window sill.
If your kitchen is not particularly spacious, then moving the sink will help you free up precious space on it. Quite a few representatives of the design community propose making a kitchen layout in which the sink is located at the window. However, such a transfer has its advantages and disadvantages.
Advantages of moving the sink to the window:
- The working area is increased. Since the window-sill space is usually not used by housewives, with the transfer of the sink you can free up about a meter of useful space in the kitchen where you can put any furniture element, or, for example, a refrigerator;
- Saving electrical energy. Since the sink is usually located in a dark corner of the room, it needs lighting. Natural light from the window will make it possible to use the sink without turning on the lamps;
- No excess moisture. Opening a window or a window for ventilation, you will contribute to the rapid removal of moisture;
- Psychological comfort. Instead of observing a blank wall in front of you while washing dishes, you can “in between times” admire the scenery outside the window, which positively affects the psyche and helps relieve stress.
But with the numerous advantages of such a sink location, there are also drawbacks that must be mentioned:
In most apartments, there is a battery under the kitchen window, as a result, placing the sink on the windowsill becomes problematic. You can solve this situation by mounting special grids in the countertop.
However, a more preferable way out of the situation will be to design another heating source, namely, “warm floor”. He will cope with the task of heating a room even better than a radiator;
Transferring the sink to the windowsill, you remove it from the sewer and water supply. So, you need to be prepared to spend on us lengthening the pipeline. Saving on the quality of the installation is not worth it, because every housewife wants the whole kitchen unit to work without problems for many years;
In late autumn and winter, when temperature changes are not uncommon, countertops can swell and crack. This possibility can be minimized by preferring window sills made of wood made of stone and other moisture-resistant materials.
If you still choose a wooden coating, take care of applying hydro-repellents on top of it;
To fight the problem of the constant appearance of splashes on the window pane, a stone or granite sink as opposed to a metal sink will help you, supplying the sink with a special apron that blocks the window from it, or mounting the bowl on a wide windowsill, away from the window frame;
The problem with the mixer, which interferes with the opening of the window sashes, can be solved by purchasing the product whose spout is folding. In addition, there is always the opportunity to buy a mixer with a low spout;
Another problem may be a mismatch in the level of the countertop and the window frame. Moreover, if the window is located above the countertop, this is only for the benefit of users, but if it is lower, then, perhaps, you should abandon the idea of ??transferring the sink. In fact, you can solve the problem, however, to eliminate the difference you have to dismantle the frame, rebuild the opening and order a window of the right size.
Which curtains to choose for the design of the kitchen window, of course, is decided not by the designers, but personally by the apartment owners.
However, here you must follow certain recommendations, because the curtains you like in the photo do not always fit the real window. So, if your kitchen is small-sized, as well as its general design in warm light colors, so the textiles on the window should not be dark. In this case, it is better to prefer curtains that are simple in shape, made in one shade, or with a medium-sized floral decor or strip.
If it is necessary to provide protection from the sun, it is better to purchase products based on taffeta, flock or blackout.
If you want window textiles to transmit light, prefer organza, tulle, veil and other light fabrics. In addition, kitchen curtains should be easy to wash and iron.
Provided that the kitchen has access to the balcony, which is closed by curtains, the selection of curtains should take into account their active use. So, it should be durable, stain-resistant materials. At the same time, their asymmetry becomes an important nuance. Such curtains imply a short part in the window area and a long part in the place where the door opens. A good option would be the filament curtains, as well as curtains made of satin or satin.
Decorate the kitchen window curtains with lambrequin. To sew the latter, you need to use chintz or linen. Horizontal drapery is ideally performed over the entire cornice width with ends hanging with folds hanging on the sides.
An excellent option for kitchen curtains can give blinds that are resistant to temperature and humidity.
Curtains called “cafe” – a fashion trend in modern design. Shortened in length, they are sewn from a wide variety of fabrics and are ideal for Provence and country style styling.
Universal short curtains that do not cover the window sill will help complete the kitchen space. Such a window design will become a godsend for interiors whose windowsill is used as a tabletop, bar counter or workspace.
Which of the above recommendations on the design of the kitchen window to use is your personal choice. In any case, do not be afraid of experiments and manifestations of imagination in the development of kitchen decor and window design in particular, and you will surely succeed! Good luck to you!