Recently we had a customer ask us this:
Hi, I just received some swatches and a new beaded valance for my bathroom and I love the valance (Chasing Butterflies). I noticed on the packaging that you offer or offered cafe curtains because there are various sizes. Do you still do those sizes? I eleven windows in my house that I want to put cafe curtains in for privacy. I live in a bungalow where my sunroom, living room and dining room are divided but visible from each other. I was thinking of the tulip mist curtains for my sunroom because I have bamboo shades for complete privacy if I need it. But the living room and dining room, I am not sure about. The living room has turquoise walls and I have Kantha pillows on the couch. And the dining room has a straw color on the walls and has three vibrant red bookcases with an eclectic dining set of indian metal chairs with an old oak pedestal table. I am thinking of the roses in snow, tropical garden or indian summer for the dining room. And in the living room, I was thinking of the tulip mist or moonlit taj. But I want to make sure that everything will go together since they are so visible to each other. Thanks for you help, Lisa Kuffner
Lisa placed an order for the Moonlit Taj, Tropical Garden and Tulip Mist Café Curtains.
Lisa – how fabulous that you want to add café curtains to your rooms. They disappeared for a while and one didn’t see many used in interiors, but fortunately they are back on the radar. Most people assume they are meant for kitchen windows, but they are so great for any room in the house. They provide a touch of softness without the volume of draperies, and because they cover only part of the panes, they allow light in without sacrificing privacy.
Lisa, from your description of your rooms I think we can safely assume your home has a definite global vibe to it. Kantha cushions, Indian metal chairs, red bookshelves and bamboo shades clearly say your style, as you so rightly put it, is eclectic.
I love that each room of yours has a distinct color scheme. Your suggestions will work beautifully. Tulip Mist is sheer and creamy and will look gorgeous with the bamboo shades in the sunroom. Tropical Garden café curtains in the dining room will not only continue that breezy island feel, but coordinate so well with the straw colored walls and the red bookcases.
As for the living room, I think you can go with either Tulip Mist or Moonlit Taj. Tulip Mist has the advantage of being a neutral print and should you decide to repaint or re-decorate, it will still look lovely. On the other hand, Moonlit Taj, a print inspired by the Taj Mahal, will be stunning with the turquoise walls, and be a prefect foil for the Kantha cushions, enhancing the Indian vibe.
Luckily our block printed linens work beautifully with each other and I have created a moodboard which I hope will help you visualize this. If you want to pull off global eclecticism with classy appeal, complement the linens with natural, organic, ethnic accessories. I have picked a few just as examples – chunky woven storage baskets, wrought iron lanterns, green and blue wine decanters and metal vases. Not only will these add to that “world travelled” feel, they will also help to tie together the various elements into one harmonious theme!
Having an eclectic style is a great advantage because it doesn’t limit your design choices to one style, but the main think to keep in mind is that all accessories should relate well to one another to avoid the global bazaar look.
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