Kitchen Curtain Ideas By Color And Style

Saffron Marigold - Updated: February 24, 2020

Hanging a set of café curtains over your kitchen window is one of the best kitchen curtain ideas around.  They also offer an easy way to change your kitchen decor. With our kitchen curtain ideas, you’ll bring style into the kitchen without even taking up any counter space!

Kitchen window treatments breathe new life into your kitchen, adding color and and texture to a functional space. Since kitchen window treatments work overtime in the style department, it’s worth it to find kitchen curtains you love.

Kitchen curtain ideas to beautify your kitchen window 

Bright colors and bold patterns bring joyful zip to a kitchen while neutrals and delicate patterns create a sense of calm. How do you want your kitchen to feel? What kind of style speaks to you? Your personal style should shine throughout your home, so be sure to bring that sense of style into your kitchen, too! 

Favorite kitchen curtain ideas: by style

Our kitchen curtains come in patterns and colors suited to every  decorating style. With over twenty prints, we have the right kitchen curtain window treatment for your style. 

Modern kitchen curtains

The modern kitchen celebrates clean lines, simple palettes, and stainless steel. In a word, this kitchen is spotless, but even an elegant white kitchen benefits from a low-key use of color. For example, you’ll find navy blue on kitchen islands, lower cabinets, and kitchen curtains everywhere.

A white kitchen curtain is the choice for a style that’s both current and classic. For a kitchen curtain idea in this modern space, try placing a café curtain over the kitchen window for a clean, streamlined look.

Country kitchen curtains

If a farmhouse kitchen speaks to your heart, you’re in luck: endless options for kitchen curtains will work for you! Remember that you have choices beyond decorating with sunflowers, apples, and roosters.

Our country kitchen curtain ideas include delicate paisleys, patchwork stars, and colorful florals. An easy kitchen curtain idea for this style: pair cafe curtains with a matching valance for country charm.

Vintage kitchen curtains

It’s no wonder that vintage styling appeals to so many of us in these digital days. After all, retro items remind us of a simpler time. Most vintage kitchen curtain ideas bring a sense of joy and whimsy to the kitchen.

These kitchen curtain designs usually feature bright fruit or floral prints, but for a different vintage kitchen curtains idea, try lace. Float a pair of sheer lace cafe curtains in your kitchen window for a charming vintage vibe.

Bohemian kitchen curtains

If you find joy in traveling, collecting, and nature, then bohemian style is the style for you.  Bohemian kitchens use rich color, flowing fabrics, and metallic accents. Anyone who wants to pull off the bohemian chic look can start by hanging boho kitchen curtains.

We’re happy to share with your some of our most bohemian kitchen curtains ideas inspired by faraway places like Morocco, India, and Turkey. One of our favorite boho kitchen curtains ideas is to mix and layer patterns. More is more here!

French country kitchen curtains

Design a French country kitchen if you enjoy antiques or rustic pieces that have stories to tell, or if you simply love all things French. Now, while roosters, milk cans, and toile are common in French country decor, you certainly don’t have to use them! Why not  create a French country kitchen with kitchen curtains that feature florals, botanicals, and other images from nature?

Kitchen curtains ideas for French country kitchens: For French country appeal, decorate with linens in soft colors.

Coastal kitchen curtains

Whether you live at the shore or just wish that you did, you can use your home decor to inspire that laid-back lifestyle. The easiest, quickest, and most affordable way to do this is with linens. Put up some kitchen curtains in coastal colors that remind you of being out on the water and digging your toes in the sand.

You can use blue, green, and taupe, but there are other coastal kitchen curtains ideas that you can embrace, too.  Don’t be afraid to include punches of coral to your coastal decor as reminders of dreamy sunsets over the ocean.

Transitional style kitchen curtains

The newest kid on the design block, transitional style creates a clean design and blends vintage with modern pieces. In order to achieve that timeless look, you’ll use a neutral palette and hang neutral kitchen curtains with gentle patterns.

To style this kind of kitchen, you’ll want to consider this transitional kitchen curtains idea: interesting fabrics are everything when it comes to textiles in this style. Moral of the story? Embrace patterns!

Kitchen curtain ideas by color

You might not have a name for your design style, but you know what colors you like (and which colors you don’t!).  Kitchen window treatments will help you bring the right colors into your kitchen. 

Did you know that you could purchase 3 Saffron Marigold for less than $10–and the shipping’s on us? We’ll help you get those your kitchen windows covered!

White kitchen curtains

White is a room brightener that offers a spotless look, so it’s great for modern kitchens. It’s also a great option for cottage kitchens. Above all, you can use white in any space and in any design.

With that in mind, if you love pattern but aren’t sure about how to use color, a white-on-white print is a safe, elegant choice.

Blue cafe curtains

Did you know that Pantone named Classic Blue as its color of the year? Blue is all at once classic and cool, and it can work as a focal point, accent color, or neutral. 

Add blue to an all-white kitchen for a crisp, traditional color scheme. Pair it with yellow and you’re headed towards the French countryside. However you style it, you can’t lose with blue kitchen curtains! 

Yellow kitchen curtains

When you want a sunny room, use yellow. This is a secret that interior designers around the world have known for years!  And let’s face it–who wants to cook and dine in a dark, drab kitchen?  Bring in yellow and you’ll bring in the sunshine.

White and yellow is the go-to color scheme for cottage kitchens and vintage kitchens. With blue, yellow says bon jour to the French countryside; with grey, it creates a modern look. 

Orange kitchen curtain ideas

You can also use the color orange to bring some happy energy into a space. Place a pair of orange kitchen curtains over the window and you’ll feel a burst of joy at first glance! A citrus color warms up a white kitchen and looks smart in mid-century modern design.

Red kitchen curtains

The right shade of red lipstick can do wonders for your face; likewise, the right red curtains can perk up your home. Sometimes people think red and imagine a bright red fire engine, and that’s not an easy to color to decorate with for most folks.  But just like red lipsticks come in a variety of shades that complement skin tones and coloring, red decor can do wonders for a drab room.

Barn reds lend themselves to every style of country kitchens while cherry red feels at home among vintage items. Any shade of red plays well with bohemian, global, or collected looks.

Green kitchen curtains

Celery, mint, spinach, sage–nope, we’re not talking about a trip to the farmer’s market! The best foods you can eat tend to be green, and so green is a perfect color choice for the kitchen. In the same vein, green looks lovely against black, espresso, or dark cherry cabinets. It’s especially nice to hang a green kitchen curtain over a window with a view of a lush lawn or pretty garden.

Colorful kitchen curtains

Are you having a hard time choosing a color? Maybe you’re looking for kitchen curtains that you can mix and match with other items you already have. Kitchen curtains with varied palettes help you carry color into your space without committing to just one color.


1. Why kitchen curtains?

We spend a lot of time in our kitchens. After all, this is where we cook, eat, do homework, chat with loved ones, and wash the endless pile of daily dishes! We believe that this room truly is the home’s heart. Since we spend so much time in the kitchen, we should style them in a way that brings us joy.

Hang kitchen curtains to add style and privacy without spending a fortune. And since they’re so easy to install, you can consider a variety of kitchen curtain ideas to inspire seasonal decorating.

2. What are kitchen curtains called?

People use the terms kitchen curtains and café curtains interchangeably, so it’s easy to get confused about which curtain is why. Café curtains were named after a French window treatment for cafewindows that overlooked the street. With these curtains, cafe owners had a way of keeping a sense of privacy while still letting in plenty of light.

At Saffron Marigold, our kitchen curtains are the window treatments that cover the lower half of the window. They’re a cafe curtain, but not a cafe curtain set.  However, you could create a cafe curtain set by using a valance over the top half of the window.

As a side note, cafe curtains differ from tier curtains since tiers are usually ruffled (hence the “tiers” in the name!).

3. What is the best fabric for kitchen curtains?

Formal fabrics and shiny fabrics are out of place in the kitchen.  After all, you wouldn’t want to hang satin or silk curtains at a window that was near a sink–can you just imagine the splashes and spills?

Lightweight fabrics that filter light and wash easily make a better choice when it comes to kitchen curtains. We print our curtains on pre-shrunk, superior-grade cotton voile, a soft, light cotton weave with light-filtering qualities. 

4. What are the most popular colors for kitchen curtains?

For years, primary colors topped the list of popular kitchen curtain colors, but you’re not confined to shopping the best-seller list. Today’s design invites you to create a home you love, so that’s exactly what you should do! If you love green, use grassy green window treatments in your kitchen. Maybe you adore lavender and want to use more of that calming hue in your home–why not hang a lilac curtain over the window?

5. What length should cafe curtains be?

Cafe curtains are sold in lengths of 24, 30, and 36 inches. For your convenience, we carry all three lengths. You can find the right size curtain for your kitchen window by measuring correctly. Here’s how to do it: measure from the beginning of the bottom sash and end at the windowsill. Don’t forget to add in an inch or two for the rod!

6. How long should curtains hang below a windowsill?

Curtains that puddle at the floor create a luxe look in a living room or bedroom, but that’s not a practical look for the kitchen.  Let’s follow that train of thought–anything covering the windowsill will look out of place and too long.  For kitchen curtains, the hem should sit just above the windowsill. In other words, it will look like it’s “kissing” the sill. In order to create this classic look, install an inside mount for your curtain rod.

A few things to consider

Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to hanging your curtains:

1. Size/width of rod

How far do you want the curtain rods to extend on the side? While 2-3 inches is the norm (not including finials), you may want more clearance for maximum light allowance. The choice is up to you. For reference, our kitchen curtains come with a 3-inch rod pocket for easy hanging.

2. Width of curtains

Although our kitchen curtains come in three lengths, they all measure 46″ wide.  To figure out how many panels you’ll need, measure the width of the window. You might be able to hang just one panel if it’s a small window.

For example, just one of our kitchen curtain panels will cover a 24″ window.  However, if you’d like to cover 36″ wide of window space, you’ll need to hang two panels.  Of course, you can always hang more–the more panels you hang, the fuller the look.

3. Location of curtains

If your kitchen opens to another room, make sure that your curtains coordinate with those window treatments. This is key in open-concept rooms where the living room and kitchen space form one giant room.  We offer full-length curtains and valances in the same prints as our kitchen curtains, which makes it easy to coordinate your window treatments.

Why stop at the kitchen?

It’s not only cafe owners who use cafe curtains these days! Use this kind of window treatment is great for any space where you want to bring in natural light while keeping things private.  Remember, just because it’s called a ‘kitchen curtain’ doesn’t limit its use to that room!

Here are a few ideas on how to use kitchen curtain and other kitchen curtain ideas for your home:

  • Hang cafe curtains to cover the bottom half of windows in a breakfast nook or casual dining space
  • Use a kitchen curtain to provide natural light and privacy in the bathroom
  • Cover the bottom portion of a row of windows in the family room
  • Bring softness into your home office with a cafe curtain at the window
  • Try cafe curtains as a clever way to hide stored items on open shelves
  • Do you have an arched, wide window?  Those can be a challenge to dress, but a cafe curtain might just do the trick!