As a kitchen designer I am all about making visual moments happen in the kitchen. How and where these moments pop up depends heavily on the orientation and characteristics of the space itself. From the actual size of the room to the existing structural features, very few kitchens are the same. One element a lot of kitchens are lucky to have is a window or windows as is sometimes the case, and this feature is definitely one worth considering and planning around.
I love windows in general, but I especially love a window in the kitchen. There are numerous reasons to love a window, the most obvious of which being the natural light they let into a space. Natural light just brings a dose of life to a room that no manmade light can, so whenever possible I try to accentuate the window in one way or another.
The most obvious way to treat a window in the kitchen is to situate the sink underneath it as everyone likes to look outside whilst doing dishes or prepping food. But as the years have gone by I have come to realize there are a slew of ways to really bring a window to life and most of these avenues involve taking the interest up to eye level, making the moment less about function and more about beauty. Let’s explore a few of these options…
Frame Out A Focal Point With Windows
If you have multiple windows in your kitchen consider allowing the windows to frame out features like the hood. In a lot of cases the hood serves as a focal point in the kitchen, so by framing the hood in with windows the focal element becomes the whole wall as opposed to just the hood, making for a powerful visual. Bonus – industrial inspired shelving was installed over the windows to pack even more visual punch.
Install the Hood Around a Window
In this space, not only was the hood situated between the windows, but the hood itself was custom built to notch around a third, higher window. I saw this kitchen in person last weekend at the Cathedral Showhouse and WOW what a beautiful moment this approach created.
Incorporate the Steel Window Look
Steel windows are dramatic in any room, but especially the kitchen. I love the contrast of the black windows against a lighter colored cabinet, but also like the idea of this look incorporated with a gray or dark colored cabinet, less contrast but interest through layering in like colored elements with different textures can be elegant and impactful as well. If new steel framed windows are not in the cards for your house, consider painting your existing mullions to achieve a similar visual effect.
Bridge Cabinetry Across a Window
Cabinetry plays a huge part in the kitchen, so integrating the cabinetry around a window can really create a fluid and custom look. In this image a cabinetry valance was installed to bridge the two wall cabinets flanking the large center window. This particular cabinetry valance follows the curve of the window creating an even more integrated vibe.
Incorporate a Decorative Window
One of my favorite options is to simply let a window in your kitchen have a more decorative design. This approach works well for people with one single window, often times over the sink, that want to add interest but don’t have as much flexibility due to space or orientation of the existing window in the room. We have all seen this concept in master bathrooms where the window over the tub is treated differently, often times with a more decorative design, so why not go in the same direction in the kitchen?
The Benefits of Highlighting the Windows in Your Kitchen
Regardless of which avenue works best for you and your space, all of these options are sure to add instant interest and value to your kitchen aesthetic and experience!