Choosing Window Treatments for the Dining Room
“Window treatments often turn into a design challenge or major investment,” says HGTV blogger Caren Baginski, “but let's face it: If you neglect your windows in favor of a different design focus, you'll be left with a bare view.”
The Evolution of the Dining Room and the Rise of Eat-In Kitchens
Some homes today may not have a traditional, standalone dining room, opting instead to expand the size of the kitchen and eat in there. We are actually seeing this more and more nowadays.
“Lifestyles are dictating this,” says Russ Diamond of Snyder Diamond, a company specializing in outfitting high-end kitchens. “Everybody is so busy. Everything is more casual. People are thinking differently about how and where they eat.”
“There’s no question that there’s a move away from a nuclear family sitting down together and sharing a meal,” agrees Michael Hebb, a teaching fellow at the University of Washington who is co-writing a book on table rituals, mindfulness, and neuroscience. “There’s something really great about taking out the barriers between the kitchen and the eating and living spaces. The old model was based on some aristocratic notion that cooking is something that somebody else does for us. Instead, I’ve found that the closer the proximity between eating and dining, the more real and authentic the experience is.”
For these combo kitchen-dining rooms, sometimes referred to as eat-in kitchens, homeowners need a window treatment that not only looks great, but is durable enough to withstand the rigors of the kitchen – the heat, the humidity, and the spills and splashes.
Our Recommendation: Energy efficient Honeycomb Shades not only look great, but they are incredibly easy to clean, making them the ideal window treatment for your eat-in kitchen.
“Honeycombs are so easy to clean,” says Carolyn Forte, the director of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute Home Appliance and Cleaning Products department. “Just use the dusting tool on your vacuum. Give them a once-over on low suction, and you’re done.”
For tougher messes, Next Day Blinds light filtering honeycomb shades can be spot cleaned or even immersed in water.
Another great option is Woven Wood Shades. These casual and relaxed window treatments are made locally to your exact specifications using premium natural bamboo, reeds, woods, and grasses, for beautiful results.
“Woven woods bring a distinctly organic texture to a room,” says interior designer Becky Dietrich. “Their nubby, slubby feel makes them relaxed and comfortable looking. They enhance and warm almost any decor, from modern to country.”
They are “such a great way to treat windows,” adds interior design blogger Bridget A. Otto.
The Formal Dining Room Still Has a Place in American Homes
Formal dining rooms may not be as popular as they once were. In fact, 33 percent of Americans regularly eat their meals in front of their televisions, according to CBS research numbers. Still, even when your dining room is not regularly in use, it still plays an important role in the overall aesthetics of your home.
“Even in a formal dining room you don’t want to be ponderous or gloomy. Eating is really one of your indoor sports,” says interior designer Dorothy Draper. “You play three times a day, and it’s well worthwhile to make the game as pleasant as possible.”
Our Recommendation: Wood Blinds are an excellent option for formal dining rooms. Each and every one of our premium wood blinds is handcrafted in our very own 100,000 square foot state-of-the-art factory, located right here in Jessup, Maryland, using only the finest hardwoods and furniture grade finishes. This hands-on approach allows us to make many small adjustments to best suit the window treatment’s specific placement on your casement, ensuring a perfect fit and optimum performance.
“Wood and faux-wood horizontal blinds, which cost more than their metal and vinyl counterparts, are especially popular today,” writes Leslie Plummer Clagett of This Old House.
Another excellent option for traditional dining rooms is Hardwood Shutters. “More versatile than shades and curtains, shutters allow you to filter light at exactly the level you want while offering privacy, insulation, and air circulation,” says interior design blogger Janet Hall.
High quality hardwood shutters are like furniture for your windows- especially when they’ve been custom tailored to the exact dimensions of your window and finished with a premium paint or stain that seamlessly integrates into your existing millwork.
“As an interior design choice, you can’t go wrong by selecting wood shutters,” says interior designer Celeste Stewart. “They fit in with just about any décor and offer a clean, cohesive look throughout the home.”
For the more cost-conscious homeowner, Vinyl Shutters provide a stylish, budget friendly alternative to hardwood.