I grew up in a home with curtains. We had cafe curtains at the kitchen window and sheer curtains hanging on the living room windows and curtains in fun prints on the bedroom windows. And when we would move to a new home the curtains and curtain rods followed us (my Dad was in the Navy so we moved occasionally) and my mother would hope they would fit the new windows. And somehow they always did!
There is a difference between draperies and curtains. Draperies are usually more formal in appearance and are attached to a rod with pins and closed with a traverse style mechanism. Curtains, on the other hand, are often shirred onto a stationary rod or hugn with tabs or grommets and physically need to be pushed aside to let light in. One of my favorite curtain styles is the tried and true cafe curtain. My Mom always had them hanging at the kitchen window and it just seems so charming. What a refreshing change from today’s window covering choices like woven blinds or shutters. Don’t get me wrong, I love big fat plantation shutters or the texture of woven blinds but if I had a kitchen window it would be dressed with old-fashioned cafe curtains.
Cafe curtains are the perfect choice for utilitarian spaces like laundry or craft rooms. Theyprovide privacy and let the natural light in at the same time.They can designed in any fabric be it a fun pattern to add a bit of whimsy or a beautiful traditional fabric like the one shown below. And what a perfect solution for the lower areas you may want to disguise!