Café curtains have been hanging in traditional kitchens and breakfast nooks for generations. Recently their popularity has increased and you can now find them in countless contemporary homes, too.
The kitchen above, designed by Jessica Helgerson, is the perfect example of why they are once again en vogue. They are chic and give windows a classic, yet feminine touch that rounds out the rest of the hard surfaces that are so prominent in kitchens.
Not only do café curtains look great, they are also very functional. The cloth window coverings are hung on a rod across the middle of the glass rather than at the top. You will also see some café curtain types with a top header section, or valance.
The upper middle part of the window remains uncovered, offering semi-privacy even when closed. One of the best elements of café curtains is that you have the ability to control light and privacy without sacrificing style.
In addition to their aesthetics and function, they are also a simple design that can easily be installed in an afternoon. You can find the rods and rings in a range of finishes and lengths to perfectly fit into your setting.
Tension rods don’t require screws and therefor provide an easy installation. If you are at all handy or into diy projects, café curtains are simple and can easy be tackled in an afternoon. Check out tutorials and Woman’s Day and Martha Stewart.
If you choose to install café windows, one of the most prominent and important elements is the fabric. Lightweight sheers, lace, modern graphic patterns and repurposed vintage dishtowels are all popular fabric selections.
Keep in mind that each of these materials range in the amount of privacy and thermal insulation they provide.