Choosing the right window treatments requires consideration of both your overall décor scheme and the size and location of a window. A small kitchen window likely doesn't need full-on privacy shades but rather a way to cut out excess sunlight and offer a bit of privacy in the evening. The shape means that many longer curtain options are out of the question.

So what are some of the window treatment options for a small kitchen window?

Wood Blinds

Wood blinds have a warm, rustic appeal that looks at home in many kitchens. Thick panels on the blinds can make your window look smaller but also allow more light inside when fully open. Thinner blinds can elongate your window and also provide more light blocking options.

Make sure you measure your window carefully before ordering wood blinds because you don't want to have the blinds droop too far below the bottom of the window. You can order the blinds a bit longer and wider than the actual window to make the window look larger, but don't go overboard.

Roman Shades

Roman shades are fabric window treatments that fold up into pleats when you pull the cord. Using a Roman shade offers an added visual interest to your kitchen, particularly if you choose a shade with a bold fabric. And you have the option of partly opening the shade so you can have some light and some privacy at the same time without blind panels cutting the light into small sections.

You can up the look of the Roman shade by adding a fabric valance overhead. Combine the valance and a slightly too long shade to elongate the window more. You can also purchase hobbled-style Roman shades, which form exaggerated, blousy pleats as you pull the shade up by its cord.

Tier Curtains

If you are more concerned with décor than privacy or light-blocking, tiered curtains are a classic style for small kitchen windows. The curtains include two horizontally parallel rods. The top rod holds a small valance while the bottom rod tends to include small curtain panels and perhaps a small window sheer panel in the middle.

The tiered style does break up the visual lines of an already small window, but the positioning of the rods can actually make the window look larger. This is particularly true if you go for oversized fabrics and if the outermost valance and curtain panels have some volume.

For more great ideas, contact a company like Ardy's Gallery of Window Coverings.