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Trend Alert: Cafe Curtains Get a Glow-Up

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Trend Alert: Cafe Curtains Get a Glow-Up

April 12, 2023

Reappearing of late: cafe curtains all over the house. But this time around, they’re fresh and simple, sometimes quirky, but never ever fussy.

Take a look:

gauzy, casually draped cafe curtains sweeten a dining nook in kitchen of the we 17
Above: Gauzy, casually draped cafe curtains sweeten a dining nook in Kitchen of the Week: Burgundy Meets Blush in the English Countryside. Photography courtesy of deVOL Kitchens.
above; and in kitchen of the week: a colori kitchen by artilleriet in sweden, c 18
Above; And in Kitchen of the Week: A Colori Kitchen by Artilleriet in Sweden, cafe curtains make an appearance in a recessed window behind the kitchen counter.
the example that first had us smitten? embroidered cafe curtains by east london 19
Above: The example that first had us smitten? Embroidered cafe curtains by East London Cloth (see: East London Cloth: Purveyors of Household Linens, Made to Last).
and a simple version, from our first post on east london cloth: heirloom curtai 20
Above: And a simple version, from our first post on East London Cloth: Heirloom Curtains and Soft Goods, Launched During Lockdowns.
designer of the moment beata heuman employed some star patched cafe curtains fo 21
Above: Designer of the moment Beata Heuman employed some star-patched cafe curtains for privacy in the bath. Photograph by Simon Brown from A Masterful Mix-and-Match Apartment in London by Beata Heuman.
there are cafe curtains in nearly every room of the house in this nyc flat by n 22
Above: There are cafe curtains in nearly every room of the house in this NYC flat by Nickey Kehoe, like the split linen ones here. Photography by Haris Kenjar, courtesy of Nickey Kehoe, from The Height of Downtown: LA Designers Nickey Kehoe Apply Their Signature Glam to an NYC Loft.
and soft, translusent curtains provide just enough privacy from the street in a 23
Above: And soft, translusent curtains provide just enough privacy from the street in A Collector’s Vintage-Filled Home in a Former Tavern in Amsterdam. Photograph by Helma Bongenaar (@helmabongenaar).
cafe curtains in afternoon light. photograph from east london cloth: purveyors  24
Above: Cafe curtains in afternoon light. Photograph from East London Cloth: Purveyors of Household Linens, Made to Last.
apt for the boudoir, too. photograph by haris kenjar, courtesy of nickey kehoe, 25
Above: Apt for the boudoir, too. Photograph by Haris Kenjar, courtesy of Nickey Kehoe, from The Height of Downtown: LA Designers Nickey Kehoe Apply Their Signature Glam to an NYC Loft.

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Frequently asked questions

What are cafe curtains?

Cafe curtains are short curtains or window treatments that only cover the lower half or two-thirds of a window, providing privacy while still letting plenty of light into a room.

What type of fabric is typically used for cafe curtains?

Lightweight materials such as cotton, linen, or sheer fabrics are commonly used for cafe curtains to allow natural light to come through while still offering privacy.

What types of windows are cafe curtains suitable for?

Cafe curtains are ideal for windows in kitchens, bathrooms, or any room where you want to let in natural light while still having some privacy. They are also a great option for windows with a view that you don't want to obstruct.

How do you choose the right length for cafe curtains?

The length of cafe curtains should be determined by the height of your window sill. Typically, they hang just above or just below the sill, but can also hang mid-way up the window for a different look.

Are cafe curtains a trendy choice?

Yes, cafe curtains are definitely a hot trend at the moment. They add a touch of casual elegance and provide a great way to add texture and color to a space. However, they have also been a classic favorite for years.

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