One thing you might not pay attention to so much when it comes to renovating is the position of windows. The more windows you have, the bigger the space around you seems. Your room looks more open thanks to the view and soft natural lighting. Not to mention it would save a lot of power. So should you have windows in your kitchen?
Windows are not necessary for a kitchen, but they are desirable. They are a great way to provide your space with natural light, visually increase the space of your room, and allow air to freshen up your kitchen after long hours of cooking.
In this article, we will guide you through the process of renovation: how to position them, how many does your space need, what if you can’t have windows, and how to fake them. If you don’t have an answer – we do, so find out everything about ventilation and lighting in your cooking temple.
Is A Window Necessary In The Kitchen?
If someone tells you that they have a kitchen without windows, you will immediately think that this is a dark room full of furniture.
In fact, if you correctly approach the design of this type of kitchen, by yourself or with the help of experts, you can certainly get a beautiful and interesting space in which you will be happy to stay.
As we mentioned before, to have the window in the kitchen is not necessary but if you have one at least, it would be very useful.
How Many Windows Should a Kitchen Have?
Assuming you will be spending a great amount of time in your kitchen, you will want your kitchen to be efficient, comfortable, and above all functional. Even though it is not necessary to have windows in your kitchen, we do recommend at least one.
Your space will look a lot more open and balanced, more approachable, and enjoyable if there is this dimension added to it. However, when positioning your windows you should think of some safety measures.
First of all, do not place windows above cooking surfaces. If you were to reach a window to open or close it, you could potentially hurt yourself on a hot stove. If you insist on placing them above, use fixed instead of operable windows.
If ventilation is a necessity, use an operable window. For views, use fixed windows. Make sure operable windows are placed in such a way that is not dangerous and is easily reachable. Another factor to consider is what does your kitchen face – is there a need for privacy in this room or not?
And finally, think about design. Do you handwash your dishes in the sink? If so, place a window above your sink to avoid looking at a wall. If you are picky about the amount or angle of sunlight, consider cardinal directions and your kitchen positioning. Think about lighting as well, how will it fit in.
Can You Have a Kitchen Without a Window?
Yes, it is possible to have a kitchen where there are no windows, but then you need to make some preparations to get the two most important things – enough light and ventilation.
In case you didn’t know, man’s need for daylight is natural, and its lack and increasing exposure to artificial lighting not only reduces our productivity but also adversely affects our health.
Sunlight has a great impact on maintaining good health and quality of life. Besides, it makes the living space warm and attractive. Too little light makes the rooms smaller, and enough natural light gives the impression of spaciousness and comfort.
As most of us spend most of our time indoors, it is important to provide as much daylight as possible in our home and therefore a much better solution is to install at least one window in the space where we will be cooking.
Natural daylight has several benefits for our health and that is why we must be exposed to it as much as possible. A good example is the installation of roof windows that will allow natural light in the dark spaces. Adding bright furniture and painting the walls in lighter shades can help reflect natural light from your roof window.
The room where you will spend time cooking should have plenty of natural light, creating a bright and comfortable environment. The kitchen should definitely have a well-lit work surface and stove, and it’s a good idea to also have the option of looking outside when you’re standing behind the kitchen counter.
If it is not possible to install the roof window, then choose the regular one with white frames because they reflect light deeper into the room than it is with those with dark edges.
Ventilation In a Windowless Kitchen
Kitchen ventilation is important when it comes to keeping your space as clean as possible and it also improves air quality. Grease can attach itself to surfaces such as cabinets or walls, so ventilation would be a great way to remove these particles from the air.
Using a vent hood is one of the options since there is a wide range to choose from. They are becoming even more popular by the day!
If you use gas to cook instead of electricity – install a window in your kitchen. Kitchen appliances that use gas, oil, wood, central heating, water heaters, and cookers are all sources of carbon monoxide. You can read more about the dangers of gas here.
If your ventilation is inadequate or there isn’t a system that would provide you with fresh air, you could be in danger of getting carbon monoxide poisoning. Some of the symptoms can lead to are dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and headache.
If there is a leak and your kitchen does not have a window or other forms of proper ventilation, a poisoned person can faint and in the worst cases die. Exposure to substances your kitchen can create can lead to long term illnesses such as heart disease.
Nevertheless, we advise you to install a window if you have enough room to do it. While it is not a necessary thing to have, fresh air and natural lighting have so many benefits – it could even save your life.
How Can I Brighten My Kitchen Without a Window?
For a kitchen, without windows, it is necessary to choose proper colors. In such a kitchen it is definitely not recommended to use dark shades for the walls and ceiling, but only light colors.
Why is that so? Dark colors will not be able to reflect light while natural and light shades visually enlarge any space (e.g. beige, soft pink, white). Do not use wallpapers or other decorations with large patterns, as they also visually reduce the space.
The nice contrast you will get by painting one wall with a light color such as pink, yellow, or lilac. Remember, you have to make the ceiling a little brighter than the walls. If you cannot decide simply leave it white.
Just like the walls, the floor should be lightly shaded with a reflective surface. Pastel, cream, and white are just perfect pavement colors. It would be better to avoid light-absorbing or rough texture, such as stone or dark ceramic.
Besides the walls and ceiling, you can also paint your kitchen cabinets with one of the light colors.
The second step is to choose the right lighting that needs to be properly and equally distributed.
If your kitchen is small, ceiling lighting will be sufficient. For the bigger space, you will need additional lamps in different places – e.g. above the work surface or LED light bars under the kitchen cabinets.
Keeping your kitchen surfaces and furniture clean will increase light reflection and the perception of open space.
Adding a mirror to one wall also can help your kitchen to look brighter.
Fake Windows In The Kitchen
A fake window is nothing more than an artificial window frame that can display a range of different outdoor scenes.
In case you decide on this option, you will have something that will look like a window but without its benefits.
You will, however, have a view – no matter if it’s a sticker, a poster, a real frame, or glass. Here is a tutorial on how to create your own fake window with the desired view.
First, you need to decide on the motif. Do you want a picture of a beach, sky, mountains, or forest?
You will need a frame to make this window as real as possible and some curtains – decorate it like you would a normal window.