Is This the Smartest Way to Hang Kitchen Curtains?

published May 30, 2017
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Red buffalo plaid cafe curtains in a white farmhouse kitchen with an apron sink, a stainless steel stove and range hood, an exposed brick wall, and copper pots and pans
(Image credit: William Strawser)

The windows in your kitchen are probably the ones that get used (read: looked out of) the most. And the kitchen is certainly a room we spend a lot of time in. So what happens when you have a bunch of windows, but not necessarily the best view? You know, like if you have a front-row seat to see a brick wall? Or something even worse?

You could steal this idea from designer Christine Alcalay, the brains behind the Brooklyn boutique KIWI. (She didn’t have a bad view, but it could be a good idea if you do!)

(Image credit: William Strawser)

Instead of draping the cherry-red gingham from the top of the window frame, Christine opted to hang the curtains midway down the window frame, leaving half of the window exposed above and about a quarter exposed below. It’s a perfect solution: You can hide anything that’s eye-level, and you don’t have to worry about sacrificing too much must-needed light. Plus, it adds a dose of design personality.

(Image credit: William Strawser)

The playful red gingham seen here adds color to the otherwise neutral kitchen backdrop of brick, white, and butcher block. Paired with red striped floor mats and a longer window treatment in the same fabric hanging in the dining room, it is the perfect touch for a punchy, kid-friendly home.

Our point? Window treatments are often overlooked in the kitchen, but you might want to consider them — even if you’re worried about blocking light, and especially if you have a less-than-ideal view.

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See the rest of this fashion-forward Brooklyn space: Mid-Century Zen Home in Brooklyn at Apartment Therapy

Thanks for reading Kitchen Hang-Ups! It’s a new column on the site, meant to give you all sorts of ideas for things to hang from your walls—or even the windows.