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Currently Coveting: The Simplest of Curtains for Summer Days

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Currently Coveting: The Simplest of Curtains for Summer Days

July 17, 2023

The first item on the agenda when my partner and I moved into our new house? Take down the bulky shades that covered a third of each window even when they weren’t pulled down. Realistically, though, we do need some kind of covering (our neighbors are close by).

In search of unfussy, unobtrusive options, I stumbled on these simple cloths on Pinterest—an elegant, airy riff on the tea-towel-as-window-cover idea.

Have a look.

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Above: These handwoven organic cotton cafe curtains are made by the weaving co. Kutch Ji Chhap in Gujarat, India. The Organic Cotton Cafe Curtain with Inlay, shown here, is made from “natural unbleached white colored fabric with a indigo blue woven inlay design.” Kutch Ji Chhap’s curtains are available for $44.50 each via Cultural Cloth in Wisconsin.
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Above: The Organic Cotton Golden Cafe Curtain with Inlay is “a golden wheat-colored fabric with a white woven inlay design. This gauzy fabric allows just the right amount of light through,” according to Cultural Cloth.
and the organic cotton blue cafe curtain with inlay has an indigo hue. 19
Above: And the Organic Cotton Blue Cafe Curtain with Inlay has an indigo hue.

For more simple window coverings, might we suggest:

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Frequently asked questions

What are the simplest curtains for summer days?

According to Remodelista, the simplest curtains for summer days are lightweight, gauzy curtians made from natural materials like linen or cotton. These curtains allow for privacy and light filtering while still allowing a breeze to flow through.

Where can I find these simple and lightweight curtains?

Remodelista suggests checking out their curated list of sources for summer curtains on their website. They provide links to various online retailers and stores where you can find the desired curtains.

Are there any specific colors or patterns recommended for these curtains?

When it comes to colors and patterns, it is largely a matter of personal preference. However, Remodelista recommends opting for light, neutral tones or subtle patterns to maintain a fresh and airy feel in your space.

How should I care for these delicate curtains?

For delicate curtains, it is important to follow the care instructions provided by the manufacturer. Generally, lightweight curtains made from natural materials can usually be machine-washed on a gentle cycle using mild detergent and hung to dry or tumble dried on low heat.

Can these curtains be used in other seasons?

Certainly! While they are ideal for summer days due to their lightweight and breathable nature, these curtains can also be used in other seasons. They can be layered with thicker curtains or paired with blinds for added insulation during colder months.

Are there any alternatives to gauzy curtains for summer?

If gauzy curtains aren't your style or you prefer a different material, there are alternative options available. Remodelista suggests considering curtains made from sheer silk, muslin, or even bamboo for a unique and sustainable choice.

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