The kitchen has always been a “functional working” room where meals are prepared, eaten, followed by lots of nasty clean-up and certainly not always the focal point of a home. In fact, historically, the kitchen was the least decorated room, tucked in the back of the house. It was not a gathering place where people wanted to spend time (unless they had to). Furthermore, owners most certainly weren’t concerned about decorative shades or shutters in the kitchen windows. Some had no windows at all, even today.
While the kitchen has gone through many transformations over the years, (in fact, kitchens reflected economic times and changes pretty closely). The period of the 1930s and 40s is when the kitchen began evolving to an inviting point of family pride. Today, we enjoy our open kitchen plans with all its fancy appliances and accommodations. No longer hidden at the back of the house, our kitchens are front and center, and on display, for all to see. More often than not, the kitchen is usually facing or in the middle of a gathering place for entertaining, next to the family room or dining room.
Of course, the most important thing to us, are the windows! Kitchens are now well lit, with either creative lighting or numerous windows with great views. Installing attractive shades over your sink, can help tone down the harsh sunlight while you work, or perhaps some drapes in breakfast nook to complement and soften your kitchen décor (as well as frame that lovely view) If you want a classy, vintage look, why not install plantation shutters which offer multi-flexible shade and light control, not to mention wonderful “charm and elegance” to your kitchen.