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Do I need new drapes in my kitchen?

Lovely striped cotton drapes like this look nice in the kitchen and clean more easily.

Lovely striped cotton drapes like this look nice in the kitchen and clean more easily.

Because the days lengthen and people don't tend to be as busy during the summer, now is a great time to take stock of your interior and look for spots that might need improvement. Even if you love the way your house is decorated, over time, specific pieces can become damaged or ratty, which can diminish the overall look of your house. 

Since you live there, you might not even notice when this starts to happen, so it's a good idea to occasionally check accessories such as your drapes about once a year to see if they're in need of cleaning, have become faded or have developed holes over time. 

In the kitchen, your drapes are particularly at risk for becoming damaged as months pass. Between the heat from the stove and oven, cooking stains and the smell of food while it's being prepared, chances are that you will need to replace your drapes in this room more often. 

In order to get more mileage out of the window treatments that you use in your kitchen, make sure you pick a durable fabric. It's best to choose a material that stains will presumably wash out of, which means that velvet and silk drapes aren't a great idea. Instead, go with something that you will be able to clean in case messes happen. 

Many window treatments are dry clean only because of their shape and stitching, but going with a more durable fabric like cotton or linen drapes will help to ensure that they hold up better over time.