Kitchen Curtain Tips
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Your kitchen is more than just a cooking area; it’s a family gathering place that deserves the same design attention as any other room in the home.

When updating or renovating the kitchen, don’t forget to pay special attention to the window treatments.

Adding window curtains is a wonderful way to add design interest to the room at a minimal cost.

They also have the advantage of being one of the easiest window treatment ideas to implement; if you can use a screwdriver, you can hang a curtain rod.

Spice up your kitchen decor with some custom curtains. These simple plaid curtains offer privacy but still allow for a bright, airy kitchen.

Special Considerations for Kitchen Curtains

When it comes to kitchens, you can’t use just any old curtain. Kitchen curtains are exposed to a range of heat and humidity that isn’t found in the rest of the home, so fragile or dry-clean only fabrics are best left to the dining and living areas.

Heavy fabrics like velvet can soak up the moisture and take on a musty odor, so lighter weights are more practical.

It’s also better to steer towards smaller-volume curtains. Curtains with frills or flounces or styles that puddle on the floor are not only impractical for a high-traffic room like the kitchen, but they can also be dangerous if located too close to your cooktop.

For safety’s sake, whatever the style or fabric you select, make sure that it is both fire- and mold-resistant.

A romantic kitchen dining area with neutral window curtains.Selecting the Right Kitchen Curtain

The first step to selecting the right window treatment for you is to determine what your goals are. Certainly, you want a safe, affordable, and attractive look, but thinking about how your family uses the kitchen can help to set priorities.

If you have a kitchen with a lot of daytime traffic, you may want to focus on window treatment ideas that do not interfere with the flow of natural light into the room. If your windows open to the street, privacy may be a priority. Or perhaps you’re trying to camouflage an unsightly window pane.

By carefully thinking through what your preferences and needs are, you can better select the right window curtain for you.

Next, it’s time to select the actual curtains, along with the assorted hardware that can make every difference between an interesting design element and a boring one.

Not only do you have a variety of curtain styles to select from, but you also can choose to accessorize them with valances, tie-backs, decorative finials, and border embellishments like dangling beads or ribbon borders.

All of this may seem overwhelming, but the key is to start with the curtain and add one or two accessories to finish the look. Be careful of over-accessorizing: a window that is festooned with every accessory known to man will only look gaudy.

Consider these kitchen window treatment possibilities for your own home:

  • For a country kitchen – Country curtains come in a variety of styles, including gingham checks, rooster prints, and bandanna prints. You could hang tab-style curtains in a check print and tie them back with coordinating lengths of ribbon. Or use a rooster-print valance with solid panels and wrought iron rooster tiebacks.
  • For a Tuscan-style kitchen – Many home stores have Tuscan collections featuring patterns like stripes and grape vines that would look terrific in most Tuscan-style kitchens. Consider using a printed curtain with a terra cotta colored valance. Or hang plain panels and set them off with an ornate wrought iron curtain rod and matching tiebacks.
  • For an elegant kitchen – For a more elegant look, consider toile prints or lace curtains. You can find these new, or consider purchasing a set of vintage curtains in an elegant pattern. Because the curtains themselves hold a lot of design interest, keep the accessories to a minimum.
  • For a modern kitchen – Consider a minimalist approach with some geometric flair. Try two-toned geometric print curtains with sleek silver tiebacks or sheer panels hung on a curtain rod with angular finials.


  1. Billie Helmsley
    May 1, 2008

    Curtains are cute in a kitchen window I think. I like those checkered ones in the picture. Thanks for posting this story. -Billie

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  2. Brooke Langley
    November 12, 2008


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  3. Gian Phoi
    June 11, 2010

    Oh, a good information I have read. I like window curtain. I will buy some for my house.

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  4. cua luoi chong muoi
    December 30, 2010

    Can you hang curtains higher above window frame and sheers right at the window frame on the same window?

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