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Room Therapy: Curtains, Please!

Sugar staffer and design enthusiast Nancita wrote in saying,

I could use some advice/bookmarks of ideas. I am looking for some curtain panels in my kitchen. I just need to cover one really big window above the sink; it is at least six feet tall, if not taller. I just want two very simple panels (like the ones they sell at Urban Outfitters) with a pattern that will pick up the colors in the room: a butter yellow vintage table, and a rug with sage green trim. The kitchen has a definite retro vibe, so the curtains should go with that even if they aren't explicitly retro.

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To help Nancita find the perfect curtains, either leave a comment below with a link to appropriate window treatments, or by creating Casa Cravings and tagging your Cravings with the phrase Nancita Therapy. Let's help a Casa reader out!

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Zasu Zasu 9 years
The walls are so stark, I do like the idea of paint (my kitchen is tomato red, my study is sunshine yellow - so I'm not color averse) You could use beaded curtains - here's a retro look in chrome (and the beads are actually a variety of shapes, not beads): No "color", but it would certainly pick up the chrome in the table and reflect lots of light! Added benefit of being able to easily trim to fit (snip snip done!). Another suggestion - use shower curtains. They're 72" standard height and the fabrics come in an amazing variety, like this Marimekko: Since it's above the sink, you could even use a heavy clear vinyl to let the light in. or something whimsical: or even architectural to go with your print hanging on the opposite wall. :) Very easy to deal with without a huge investment.
Fab_Kitty Fab_Kitty 9 years
Hi, Nancita! I can't post a CasaCraving, as I'm not on one of my computers, but I think an adorable fabric for you to consider is Freespirit Fabrics' Chocolate Lollipop in Ice Blue Icing. You can check it out at Purl. The address is The product number is 1654-0210. Good luck!
vinnie vinnie 9 years
OMG! I had that same dinette set in my loft space 18 years ago! (Gawd I'm old)
davisdavis davisdavis 9 years
PSA: if you tag your selection "Nancita Therapy," it doesn't sort into this group. It needs to be "nancita therapy."
nancita nancita 9 years
These are all great ideas, you guys! I can't wait to go look at the Casa Cravings you posted. I like the painting idea, but I actually don't really have permission to paint. Hence, the need for interesting curtains.
toby321 toby321 9 years
Just posted two fabric choices for you--you can find a zillion easy make-your-own curtain patterns/instructions online or in a fabric shop. You don't need a sewing machine. But in that room, and if you really want a colorful treatment, I would do the simplest of treatments. BTW I would be afraid to paint those walls yellow. I agree with the person who suggested a green as an alternative. Maybe a very pale apple green. But I sort of like the starkness of them, plus I know you could find some inexpensive kitschy art to hang. Good luck and let us know what you do!
4BYRDS 4BYRDS 9 years
I agree with using vintage table cloths to make a curtain but I would change it to more of a traditional print. Or you could also buy a lot of vintage hankies and have someone sew all the corners together to make a really funky curtain to go over your sink. Then get some color cordinating plain colored panels for the rest of your kitchen.
klh23 klh23 9 years
My idea would be to look for vintage table linens and repurpose a tablecloth as a curtain. Maybe something not matchy matchy with your beautiful yellow, but complimentary in color scheme and vintage feel. For example, this one is pricey, but there are plenty of things like this at flea markets and antiques stores (hope the link works): Your kitchen is beautiful--good luck finding what you want for the window.
chipjimi chipjimi 9 years
I love that table!! What kind of table would you call that?
davisdavis davisdavis 9 years
I like that sage green border on the rug, I'll see what I can find to play off of that. I fear matching yellow walls with yellow table- the wrong shade will make the table look grungy. I think maybe some more sage green and blues would make the table pop out.
emalove emalove 9 years
I like simple panel curtains too...nothing too ornate and fancy. I'll have to see what I can find for her!
casjen54 casjen54 9 years
I have a gray table just like yours, wish I had the matching chairs! Kind of agree with chancleta, a soft pastel yellow would be cool.. and maybe dotted swiss curtains? Talk about a vintage look! Maybe dye them in tea for an almond beige color. JMO
chancleta chancleta 9 years
1. i love your table 2. i think your kitchen is adorable 3. i like the simple white curtains you have and think you should instead paint the walls a soft light yellow
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