Kitchens benefit greatly from windows. Not only do kitchen windows work to increase air circulation and maintain a comfortable atmosphere inside the kitchen, they also help make kitchens look big by allowing natural light to enter.
The amount of natural light that can enter a kitchen, however, depends on the size and kind of window used. A casement window can let a lot of light in, but if it’s too small, it won’t illuminate the kitchen as much as the homeowner wants. In this post, Renewal by Andersen® of Phoenix shares some considerations to make when the kitchen window is on the small side.
Homeowners whose kitchens have small windows need to work on maximizing the amount of natural light that enters. To do this, they’ll need to use as few window treatments as possible.
Fabric valances, for example, are great at allowing natural light in, but curtains aren’t. Those who worry about privacy are advised to use opaque shades or window films instead. It’s also worth noting that some window types, like slider or gliding windows, look good on their own without treatments.
Reflective surfaces will help amplify the effects natural light has on the kitchen. Stainless steel appliances, clean counters and shiny floor tiles will all work to reflect natural light, and will ultimately make the kitchen look larger.
The color white effectively reflects natural light as well. Painting the kitchen white, then, will work to maximize the effects of natural light. Those who worry about a white kitchen looking too plain can use several shades of white or add some textures to make it look better.
Skylights work to let more natural light in any part of the home. Installing such a fixture in the kitchen will help it look brighter and bigger, even if the window is very small.
Looking for a window replacement expert that can help you maximize your kitchen window? Turn to Renewal by Andersen of Phoenix for professional window replacement work. Call us at (602) 772-5059 or fill out our contact form for a free, in-home, no-obligation consultation. We serve AZ homeowners in Tempe and Scottsdale, Arizona.