Cafe Curtains: Elegant Curtains For Every Window

Saffron Marigold - Updated: April 4, 2020

Hanging a set of cafe curtains over your kitchen window is one of the best and most affordable ways to breathe new life into your kitchen.  Sometimes known as kitchen curtains, these elegant window treatments make it easy to dress your windows. Cafe curtains let you 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. With our cafe curtains, you’ll bring style into the kitchen without even taking up any counter space!

Cafe curtains by decor style

With over 60 kinds of cafe curtains, you’re sure to find kitchen window ideas and the right window treatment here at our fair trade, online boutique.  Here is just a sampling for your inspiration. Find something you like? Simply click and add it to your cart! 

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: you have plenty of  choices beyond decorating with sunflowers, apples, and roosters. 

Our farmhouse kitchen curtains 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.

Moroccan curtains

If you love a collected, global look and all things bohemian style, then you can use Moroccan curtains to bring more of that aesthetic into your home.  Our cafe curtains are block printed by hand six inches at a time and feature motifs inspired by some of the great landmarks in Morocco.  Our Indian curtains, with their golden adornments, also look great in this kind of look.

Modern window treatments

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 modern kitchen curtains that are current and classic. For modern cafe curtains in any space, place a set of elegant cafe curtains over the window. You’ll love the clean, streamlined look.

Retro kitchen curtains

It’s no wonder that vintage styling appeals to so many of us in these digital days. Vintage kitchen curtains just bring a sense of joy and whimsy to the kitchen window (or any window!) in which they hang. These kitchen curtain designs usually feature floral patterns, but they don’t have to.  For a simpler look for your retro kitchen curtains, try lace. 

French country kitchen curtains

What window treatment suits a French country kitchen better than cafe curtains? After all, this kind of elegant window treatment originated in France! If you have French country kitchen, know that you aren’t limited to the the roosters and toile that abound in French country decor.  Use cafe curtains with florals, botanicals, and other images from nature for true French country appeal.

Floral kitchen curtains

Dress your windows in floral patterns to bring timeless charm to your home. A pair of cafe curtains in a flower print is a classic window treatment, after all! You can use a large floral print to remind you of the tropical locales or a smaller flower pattern as a nod to your elegant style.  

Coastal window treatments

Whether you live at the shore or just wish that you did, you can use your cafe curtains and other pieces of home decor to inspire that laid-back lifestyle. The easiest, quickest, and most affordable way to do this is with linens. Decorate with coastal window treatments in 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 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.

Cafe curtains: shop 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 your kitchen windows (and bathroom windows, and all of your windows) covered!

Red kitchen curtains

The right shade of red lipstick can do wonders for your face; likewise, the right red kitchen curtains can perk up your home. 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.

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

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 set of white kitchen curtains 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, classic 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! 

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.

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. Cafe curtains with varied palettes help you carry color into your space without committing to just one color. O

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1. 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 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!

Anything covering the windowsill will look out of place and too long.  For kitchen curtains, the hem should sit just above the windowsill.  In order to create this classic look, install an inside mount for your curtain rod. Our cafe curtains come with a 3-inch rod pocket for easy hanging.

2. How wide should cafe curtains be?

Our kitchen curtains 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.


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.  

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!

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