Decorate With Retro Kitchen Curtains

So what would you need to make some cheerful retro kitchen curtains? The typical kitchen was dressed with nice bright colors and large prints and perhaps a nice treatment at the top as something different and fun to tie them to the curtain rod with. The retro era was all about experimentation and the result was some design styles that were very questionable as far as taste is concerned. As long as you have fun there is little you can do wrong when hanging retro curtains.

Here is a selection of bright retro kitchen curtains for sale.



Gray Big Polka Dots Retro kitchen topper curtain fabric Valance
Gray Big Polka Dots Retro kitchen topper curtain fabric Valance
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LINED VALANCE 42X12 RETRO 50S KITCHEN APPLIANCES MIXER UTENSILS BAKING BLENDER
LINED VALANCE 42X12 RETRO 50S KITCHEN APPLIANCES MIXER UTENSILS BAKING BLENDER
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Retro Vintage Kitchen Appliances Handmade Cotton Multi color Curtain Valance Top
Retro Vintage Kitchen Appliances Handmade Cotton Multi color Curtain Valance Top
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Vintage 1960s Mod Mushroom Curtain Panel Fabric Retro Cooking Food Kitchen
Vintage 1960s Mod Mushroom Curtain Panel Fabric Retro Cooking Food Kitchen
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Monica Retro Funky c1960s design cotton lace panel curtaining 48 wide per metre
Monica Retro Funky c1960s design cotton lace panel curtaining 48 wide per metre
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2 1 3 YARDS VINTAGE COTTON RETRO ROSES KITCHEN FABRIC CURTAINS COTTAGE CHIC
2 1 3 YARDS VINTAGE COTTON RETRO ROSES KITCHEN FABRIC CURTAINS COTTAGE CHIC
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Cotttage Ivy Country Curtain Tier Swag Set Retro Design Multi 56 Inch X 24 Inch
Cotttage Ivy Country Curtain Tier Swag Set Retro Design Multi 56 Inch X 24 Inch
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Vintage 1950s Floral Vegetable Retro Print Kitchen Curtain Matching Set Lot of 2
Vintage 1950s Floral Vegetable Retro Print Kitchen Curtain Matching Set Lot of 2
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NOS NIP Vtg 1950s 60s Amish Ruffled 5 PC PLASTIC COTTAGE CURTAINS Retro Kitchen
NOS NIP Vtg 1950s 60s Amish Ruffled 5 PC PLASTIC COTTAGE CURTAINS Retro Kitchen
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GRAY YELLOW retro KITCHEN VALANCE TOPPER Waverly Fabric Original Designer
GRAY YELLOW retro KITCHEN VALANCE TOPPER Waverly Fabric Original Designer
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Retro Kitchen Window Valance Black Gingham with Cherries 100 Cotton Custom Sewn
Retro Kitchen Window Valance Black Gingham with Cherries 100 Cotton Custom Sewn
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Retro Kitchen Appliance Kitchen Valance With Red Border
Retro Kitchen Appliance Kitchen Valance With Red Border
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A great way to get the retro theme happening is with the right colors and red and white would be the perfect way to go. A very typical red and white curtain would be some kind of checked curtain the type that would be also known widely as gingham. Alternatively you might choose to go with a pattern that consists of solid colors at the top and bottom with a printed design featuring in between on a white background. The type of print doesn’t really matter although generally speaking if it is nice and bold then it is going to provide you with the effect that you will be after.

When you imagine your retro kitchen curtains you should also try to imagine the type of kitchen that it would have been featuring in. Back in the fifties and sixties the decor of a retro kitchen would have featured a lot of Formica, particularly the bench tops and perhaps also the kitchen table. Burnt orange seemed to have become a preferred choice when going through the palette of way-out and wacky colors. The kitchen cabinets were usually painted and once again the colors were often bold and brutal.

The seating in a retro kitchen would have most likely have featured some kind of vinyl covering over chrome tubing, possibly tending toward the space ace in design and promise.

There is no way known that among all of this garish melange of color and experimentation with materials that the curtains hanging in front of the kitchen windows were going to be anything less that bold and loud.

If you are going to decorate your kitchen following a retro style then the one thing that you simply must do when you get to the curtains is have fun with them. Rather than design them with simple tab tops, use bows, make sure they stand out but also make sure that they are breezy and they can be drawn back to let in the maximum amount of light possible.

Ring the Changes with Your Kitchen Curtains

Most of us rarely change things in our homes without having a whole new room scheme. So we might change our kitchen curtains when we remodel the kitchen but not just because we feel like a change.

If you have a colored kitchen with, for example, blue painted doors, then ringing the changes is a bit difficult anyway but now that the fashion is for more neutral kitchens with lots of white or wooden cabinets and stainless steel appliances then we can have a change whenever we feel like it. In fact changing the curtains along with a few other accessories is a great way to give our kitchen a new look without having to completely redecorate.

If you are updating your kitchen bear this in mind because if you choose a colored kitchen you will not be able to change your color scheme very easily. You may love that shade of green or blue at the moment while it is so fashionable but how will you feel about it in five years time when the interior magazines have long ago moved onto something else?

To make changing your kitchen curtains even easier you can always hang neutral blinds up at your windows and then buy dress curtains for your windows. These are very inexpensive as the fabric does does not have to be wide enough to be able to be drawn across the window (while still being gathered at the top). Instead of one and a half times the width of the window you can probably get by with two thirds or one times. As long as the fabric looks as if it could stretch across the window that is fine.

If you can make your own curtains, you can create new window coverings for your kitchen very cheaply indeed and ring the changes whenever you like. If blue is the latest color add blue curtains, a couple of tea towels and a few pieces of new china an you have a new color scheme. If next year, green is in vogue, change everything to green without too much expense!

Cafe Curtains For the Kitchen

Café curtains are a compromise of sorts between letting the light in while maintaining a level of privacy from the outside world. They cover the bottom half of a window while the top half remains uncovered. They are fashioned from the look that was common in cafes and eateries, thus where the name originated.

Because of the desire with café curtains to let in as much of the sunlight as possible, it is common to find café curtains made of thin or sheer materials. Sheer café curtains are the perfect example of a kind of curtain that will allow a certain amount of light into the room while giving you a little bit of privacy. These types of curtains, such as voile curtains, are also particularly attractive and give the room a cozy charm and elegance while still remaining casual.

For full privacy it is not uncommon to find café curtains hung in front of a full set of curtains giving you the best of both worlds. When you want the light and privacy balance you would draw back the full curtains and then, at night you can give yourself full privacy by drawing them closed again.

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Another common name for these types of curtains is kitchen café curtains because they are ideal for dressing a kitchen window. The kitchen is one of the rooms in the house where it is important to get as much natural light as you possibly can. Café curtains fulfill this need by covering up the bottom half of your window while still getting access to the sun up the top.

A breakfast room is also the ideal setting for café curtains. This type of room usually faces the east so that the morning sun hits the room casting natural light upon those having their morning meal. Creating the perfect mood for this type of setting is a set of linen café curtains.

There is no set rule as to what material café curtains are made from, although the usual type of fabric is a light material that lets a measure of the light through. I think we would all have seen a set of lace café curtain at some point and would agree that they create a definite charm while blowing in a gentle breeze.

Giving a more country style feeling is toile, a type of pattern that is very popular in this setting and makes a definite statement. Café curtains with matching or even offsetting toile valance above will certainly enhance the appearance of any kitchen.

Café curtains really give a sunny room a comfortable and breezy feeling, inviting guests in to sit down and enjoy a quiet cup of tea or coffee.

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