Kitchen Curtains – a Fast, Easy and Affordable Way to Renovate the Look of Your Kitchen

Curtains, even very ordinary ones, can greatly enhance the look of your kitchen. With kitchen curtains you control how much sunlight is allowed into this special room of your home. Good, natural lighting is a basic requirement for your normal work process in the kitchen.

A variety of kinds of kitchen curtain are available…

  • Different shapes
  • Different colors
  • Different fabrics

Shape of kitchen curtains

You can put curtains on bigger windows; for example, long, sheer curtains on the left and the right side of the window. You can also use such curtains to respect current styles if you have furnished your kitchen fashionably.

Long, sheer curtains on the left and the right side of the window
Long, sheer curtains on the left and the right side of the window

You can put other kitchen curtains on smaller windows; for example, small pleated curtains to cover the upper and lower part of the window. These are wonderful curtains if your kitchen has such windows.

Small pleated curtains covering the upper and lower part of the window
Small pleated curtains covering the upper and lower part of the window

With some curtains you can cover only a small part of your window; for example, by valance on the upper portion. Thus you will allow a greater amount of direct sunlight to penetrate into your kitchen, bringing warmth and life.

Valance on the upper portion of the window
Valance on the upper portion of the window

With other curtains you can cover the greater part of your window, thus creating more privacy in your kitchen, avoiding outside eyes. If your kitchen has a dining table and you wish to have more privacy when all of you are gathered around it, these curtains are a good variant.

The shape of the kitchen curtains is a flexible element. You can experiment to achieve different effects…

  • to add or to remove a valance in the upper portion.
  • to select longer curtains, if you want to lengthen your window visually.
  • to select shorter curtains (to the sill of the window or a little beneath it), if you want to create a more informal feeling.
  • to pull back the curtains with ties or hold-backs in different places on their length: in the upper or lower portions, or in the middle.
Hold-back in the shape of flower
Hold-back in the shape of flower

Also to create different effects you can use different hold-backs…

  • in the shape of flowers.
  • in other decorative shapes.
  • from various materials as well (wood, metal, glass…)…

The curtains must be sufficiently long that, after you pull them back, their inner end continues to hang beautifully.

When selecting your kitchen curtains it’s good to choose ones that are a little bigger than is strictly necessary. Folding them (if necessary) is easier than lengthening them.

Color of kitchen curtains

The colors of the curtains have great importance for the decor of your kitchen. Select them to complement the colors of your kitchen furnishings. For example, if your cabinets or countertops are brown, match your curtains with them by having them contain a brown element, but a different shade of brown.

If you want your windows to be the focus of attention in the kitchen, select brighter or more patterned curtains. If not, select curtains with a more neutral color (white, beige, grey…) or ones with a simpler pattern; they, also, can look wonderful.

You will see some curtains in a solid color and others with different patterns…

  • in stripes
  • in flowers
  • in checks…

All these styles are a good variant for your kitchen, if it has informal decor.

Bear in mind that passing through your curtains, the sunlight will add a certain nuance to your kitchen, based on the color of the curtains. Take care to ensure that this nuance is appealing to you.

Fabric of kitchen curtains

The fabric of your curtains is as important as their color and shape. Its significance is expressed mostly in its functionality. It needs to be strong, durable and fade-resistant, since it will be exposed to the sun’s rays.

Because the specific function of this room means that there may be a great deal of moisture from cooking and washing, you will probably clean kitchen curtains more than those in your other rooms. Hence, choose curtains you can wash in a washing machine.

The natural fabrics listed below are suitable for kitchen curtains…

  • cotton
  • linen

These synthetic ones are also suitable…

  • synthetic silk
  • polyester

You will find also some kitchen curtains in a combination of natural and synthetic fabrics. Usually, you will find the constituents of the fabric stated on the manufacturer’s label.

You will find that some curtains are sheer, with a high degree of transparency, and that others are coarser and correspondingly thicker. The thickness of your curtain will determine how much sunlight will penetrate through it into your kitchen. As a whole, curtains that allow more light to penetrate into your kitchen are a better choice.

Way to hold kitchen curtains

The curtains also vary according to the way you fix them to the rods. Each method of fixing will give a different character to your curtain and a different visual effect.

Curtains with metal loops
Curtains with metal loops

You will fix some by tabs (such curtains have metal loops along their top border). With them, the hanging rod will be visible all along the length of the curtain. So think carefully about what kind of hanging rod you would like…

  • metal or wooden.
  • with a different finish or with different finials at the ends (there are rods with different nice details to them).
  • hidden behind a beautiful frame (wooden, gesso…)…

With other curtains you will wrap the rod, hiding it entirely (such curtains have a sewn pocket in their upper part, where the rod enters). Here, your curtains will be more pleated near the rod.

Curtains with sewn pocket
Curtains with sewn pocket

You can hang a third type of kitchen curtain by rings (there are clips to the rings to hold the curtain with). Such curtains are very easy to open and close.

Curtains held by clips
Curtains held by clips

Conclusion

When selecting your kitchen curtains think about the sunlight penetrating into your kitchen…

  1. What is the amount of light penetrating into the room?
  2. Do you want it to be more direct or more filtered?

The answers to these questions will help you to select the right type of fabric, color and shape for your kitchen curtains.

Here is an interior decorating website that might be useful. The information in it will help you to make your kitchen style flow with the rest of the rooms in your home. See beautiful interior design pictures and get online decorating help.

7 Replies to “Kitchen Curtains – a Fast, Easy and Affordable Way to Renovate the Look of Your Kitchen”

  1. Your site is full of great information regarding kitchen curtains. The kitchen is the heart of the home in many of today’s modern homes, and the window coverings for this room play a very important role in making the kitchen warm and inviting. With the vast array of materials and colors available to dress up your kitchen window, deciding what will work for you and your home is the toughest part!

  2. The curtain is really nice and just beautiful and I think it is a great idea to get to put the curtains in this format; it makes the place look really nice. I am thinking of doing the same to my den as well.

    The last time when I was redecorating my house I was not able to figure out what exactly is required and how should I go about getting the curtains set for my apartment. Then I came across a website http://www.piperclassics.com/ that really helped me in giving my house a country look, which has always been missing from my home. This website is just amazing and has some great decoration tips for home.

  3. Thanks for the info, I’ve been thinking about putting sheers in my kitchen for ambience as it is an eat-in kitchen with sliding doors to the back yard. I think it will give it a nicer look than just the blinds alone.

  4. I am thinking to renovate my kitchen. Thank you so much for sharing this article… it is very helpful and informative.

  5. Thanks for your info, can you clarify me on one thing if we use cotton, linen and silk materials for window curtains in kitchen is it safe?

  6. Yes, Dinu… as described above, these materials are suitable for kitchen curtains.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Regards,

    Ganka

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