5 steps to choose curtains for the kitchen and 100 photo ideas

  • Step 1. Choose the type of curtains
  • Step 2. Choose the color and pattern of the fabric
  • Step 3. Determine with the size
  • Step 4. We choose the material
  • Step 5. Choose the cornice

Curtains in the kitchen should be super-practical and beautiful at the same time. This article and a selection of 100 photo interiors will help you choose the perfect style of curtains, plan their design, choose the fabric, determine the size, and pick up the cornice.

Step 1. Choose the type of curtains

There are several varieties of the most common types of curtains for the kitchen: Roman, Japanese, roll, curtains, cafes, classic, thread.

Roman curtains

Roman curtains are a canvas which, thanks to the lifting mechanism (similar to the blind system), can be raised and lowered, passing light or shading the room. Rising, the Roman curtain forms uniform folds and folds "accordion" (as a rule, Only the lower half of the canvas rises, but you can find or sew a model that rises completely). Roman blind closes either the entire window opening, or is attached to the sash of the window and leaves an open window sill. As a rule, wide windows are hung not with one but with several canvases.

  • Roman blinds look organic in both classical and modern interiors
  • Roman blinds look organic in both classical and modern interiors

Pros:easy to care for, beautiful, but at the same time laconic, and therefore suitable for a small kitchen. And they are perfectly combined with curtains and classic curtains, look good in traditional as well as in modern interiors.


Minuses:this type of curtain has a lifting mechanism, which, like any mechanical design, can wear out or break. Since the Roman curtains are short and without lush draperies, it is easy to wash and remove them, but the matter is complicated by the slats of the lifting system, which must be cleaned before washing. Another nuance is if the ceiling is too close to the upper edge of the window opening or the window has no transom (see Fig. photo below), and the window sill is narrow, Roman curtains will not allow you to open the windows for plowing (for this you will have to completely remove the curtains from the ledge).

Roman curtains in window design with transom


  • Roman curtains can be made by hand, following our master class;
  • For the manufacture of fit almost any fabric, other than crimped and stretching;
  • Roman curtains are more suitable for decorating narrow windows than square ones.

See more in detail: A guide for choosing Roman curtains for a window in the kitchen.

Roller blinds

Roller curtains are a fabric of fabric that rolls into a roll and unwinds into a smooth web adjacent to the window by attaching the bottom of the curtain to the guide rail. The roll can then hide in the box (cassette model) or remain visible (open model). They are fastened both on a wall above a window aperture, and directly on shutters.

Rolled blinds of open type installed inside the window opening

Pros:thanks to the fixation of the canvas to the guide, the roller blinds do not sway in the wind and do not hang down when the window is tilted at an angle (or if the window is mansard). Roller blinds do not let light through the edges of the window, they are easy to clean and are inexpensive. The design of such curtains is laconic, but because they fit perfectly into any interiors, especially modern ones. Since roller blinds do not hide space, it is good to use them in small kitchens. Another bonus - ready-made roller blinds can be customized to fit the non-standard window size.

Minuses:Roller curtains, which are attached to the doors, do not allow to open the window openly because the roll itself rests against the slope of the window niche or into the wall. The second negative - as a rule, roller blinds can only be cleaned by hand, in a washing machine they can not be washed. The third negative - most often roller blinds are made of artificial materials, sometimes they resemble a simple oilcloth. And in general, roller blinds are so minimalistic that they may seem "office".


  • When choosing roller blinds for the kitchen, make sure that they are impregnated with anti-static and dirt-repellent compounds.
  • Ready-made roller blinds can be customized to fit a non-standard window size. To do this, you only need to prune the canvas and cut off the excess shaft.
  • Use roller blind curtains is appropriate, perhaps, only in a modern kitchen, for example, in Scandinavian style. In the traditional interior, they are better combined with tulle, curtains or curtains.
  • You can sew them yourself from the fabric.
  • Roller blinds of dark color - not a good idea, because they will be very noticeable dust and dirt.

See details in the material: Roller blinds in the kitchen - everything you need to know before buying.


Curtains-cafes are short curtains (not lower than the window-sill), which are attached to the telescopic cornice on the leaf in the middle of the window (rarely - at the top of the opening).

Pros:look very comfortable, thanks to the small size are easy to care for, do not hide the space.

Minuses:not suitable for modern interior, little shade space.


  • Curtains-cafes can be sewn by yourself using our step-by-step instruction (see. see the link below).
  • Particularly cool such curtains are combined with lambrequin.

For more details, see the material: Curtains in the style of a cafe for the kitchen - choose ready or sew yourself ?.

Panel curtains (Japanese)

Japanese curtains for the kitchen are sliding fabric panels - they move along the guides as the doors of the closet.

Pros:Japanese curtains are well suited for a kitchen with a balcony door and / or with large windows. They are easy to manage, can be controlled remotely (this is especially true for very high windows). Care for them is easy thanks to antistatic impregnation: all you need to do is to wipe the cloths with a cloth from time to time. Due to their length in the floor, the panel curtains visually lift the ceiling, and due to the lack of folds - do not overload the interior, hence, suitable for small kitchens.

Minuses:panel blinds are good in the modern interior, and in the classical - hardly.


  • Japanese curtains can be used as a screen if you need to divide the combined space into zones, for example, a kitchen-living room or kitchen in the studio apartment.

Curtains of threads (muslin)

Curtains-muslin are a curtain made of threads (fabric or beaded).

Pros:the muslin looks unusual and easy, suitable for ethnic interiors and cuisine in the Art Deco style.

Minuses:if you have pets or small children, thread curtains will not work for you, as they are easily broken, and the beads can be scattered and swallowed.

For more details, see the material: Curtains-threads in the kitchen - choice, care, making by yourself.


Blinds consist of woven or non-woven (from aluminum, bamboo, plastic or wood) slats, which thanks to their mechanism can not only assemble and open, but also rotate around its axis. Thus, they allow you to adjust the shading from strong to weak. Blinds are vertical and horizontal. Horizontal blinds are made of plastic, bamboo or wood (less often). The lamellae of vertical blinds are usually made of synthetic material and impregnated with dirt-repellent compounds.

  • Horizontal blinds made of bamboo in the interior of modern kitchen
  • Horizontal blinds made of bamboo in the interior of modern kitchen

Horizontal blinds in the attic windows


Vertical blinds in the interior of the kitchen

Aluminum blinds

Pros:good shading and the possibility of its regulation, as well as ease of care.

Minuses:somewhat "office" look.

For more details, see the material: Blinds in the kitchen - a step-by-step guide for choice and 45 photos.

Classic curtains (curtains, tulle)

Classic curtains do not need a presentation, because this particular style is the most popular and familiar. Assemblage of curtains is most often formed by curtain tape (there are different types), and they are attached to the cornice on eyelets, hinges, hooks or rings with "crocodiles".

Curtains with eyelets


Pros:curtains of one or two paintings are universal and suitable for both classical and modern kitchens. Unlike roller and panel curtains, as well as blinds, classic curtains have folds, so they guarantee to bring comfort to the interior. Due to the abundance of fabrics, curtain accessories, the choice of the length of the fabric and the density of assembly, you can not only create a unique window design, but also correct some shortcomings premises. So, for example, with the help of long curtains you can hide pipes, a balcony door or a radiator.

Minuses:classic curtains somewhat tedious to remove and hang, wash and iron. Since they are sewn from ordinary fabrics, they tend to quickly get dirty, soaked with fat and the smell of food. Manage them is not always convenient - fasteners often do not slide well on the ledge.


  • Classic curtains can not be hung close to the stove, because they can fly to the fire from the wind and burn. In addition, it's just not practical - a spray of grease zasalyat tissue.
  • For a small kitchen is to choose short curtains with easy assembly. It is desirable that the fabric is soft, then the folds will be even and neat.
  • Length in the floor is recommended for large kitchens, as well as for kitchens with balcony doors.

See also: How to choose curtains for a kitchen with a balcony door - 4 solutions

Step 2. Choose the color and pattern of the fabric

Here are a few tips to help you choose curtains in the kitchen of the right color:

  • Most curtains are selected in the tone of the walls, in the tone of the facades of the kitchen, apron, or in the tone of the rest of the kitchen textiles, for example, under the upholstery of chairs, under pillows, napkins and so on.

Purple curtains are in harmony with kitchen accessories

Red curtains in the tone of the apron kitchen

  • The most versatile color of curtains is white (and its shades);
  • If the kitchen does not have enough sunlight, choose curtains of warm color, for example, creamy or yellow as in the photo below.

And here are tips for choosing a print fabric:

  • The pattern on the curtain fabric may correspond with the wallpaper, apron, floor covering, carpet, wall decor and other textiles in the room.
  • Keep in mind that a large picture visually reduces the space, so for small kitchens it is better to choose curtains with unobtrusive and small pattern / patterns.

  • If the ceiling is low, choose the curtains in a vertical strip or with a diamond pattern as in the photo below. Also suitable are vertical blinds, panel curtains and classic canvases in the floor, assembled into even and clear folds.

Curtains in rhombus in the kitchen with a balcony door

  • If the kitchen is small and narrow, then visually expand it will help the Roman, roll and panel curtains in a horizontal strip (see. photo below) or horizontal blinds.

  • For classic kitchens, curtains with a traditional print, for example, in a cage, with floral, floral or heraldic patterns / patterns, are suitable.

Curtains in classic style

  • Windows of modern kitchen can be designed with curtains with any geometric or abstract pattern.

Curtains in the interior of the modern kitchen-living room

Step 3. Determine with the size

Typically, the cornice is installed at a distance of 20-25 cm from the top edge of the window niche or the ceiling. But the length of kitchen curtains can be different:

  • Very short, when the canvas is missing about 1 cm to the window sill. This length is suitable in case the sill is used as a bar counter or a cutting table, as well as when attaching a curtain inside a window opening.

  • Short, when the cloth hangs about 10 cm below the level of the windowsill. This length is suitable for small kitchens.
  • Long, when the canvas is missing 1 cm to the floor or touches it. Particularly suitable for large kitchens and for windows with balcony doors.
  • Very long, when 5-10 cm of tissue lie on the floor. Such curtains are more suitable for decorating the windows of a classic kitchen-dining room or kitchen-living room.

As for the choice of width of kitchen curtains, here the recommendation is the same - the canvas should go to the walls at 20-26 cm on both sides of the opening.

Step 4. We choose the material

Cotton and linen fabrics, viscose and polyester fabrics, as well as mixed fabrics made of natural and synthetic fibers are suitable for sewing kitchen curtains. But from silk and wool is better to refuse - they are too capricious and fit except for the design of the dining room windows.

  • Linen- an excellent material for kitchen curtains, because it is durable, has a beautiful texture, well tolerates frequent washing and racks to burnout. However, it is expensive, quickly crumbles and strongly sits down after washing. When buying ready-made linen curtains or fabric for sewing, you need to take into account the length margin for shrinkage.

  • Cottonbeautiful, strong enough, but in a pure form, crumbles, shrinks after washing and burns in the sun. Therefore, fabrics of 100% cotton should be preferred polikotton (fabric of polyester and cotton), or complement the cotton curtains with a lining (the same cotton).
  • Viscose (modal, lyocel)- This is a budget and more practical alternative to silk, but it does not tolerate frequent washing because it is afraid of water. Choosing curtains for the kitchen from this material, give preference to models with polyester in the composition and / or combine curtains with a lining.
  • Polyester fabricsinexpensive stand, do not crumple, do not sit down and do not burn out from UV rays. But they attract dust and greatly lose to natural materials in beauty.

Advice: it is good if the kitchen curtains will have a lining that will protect the main fabric from burning out in the sun. In addition, the lining will hide the internal seams, will help to form volumetric folds, if the fabric is light, improve the thermal insulation and acoustics of the kitchen.

Step 5. Choose the cornice

Cornice is as important as the curtains themselves, because they depend on the reliability of the entire structure and the beauty of the window decoration. Cornices are ceiling and wall - in the form of tires with rails, bars or string system.

  • The standard length of the eaves should be 30% larger than the width of the window. But if you need to visually expand the window opening, then you should choose the cornice even longer. Conversely, if the window is too wide, the length of the cornice should be approximately the same as the width of the opening. If you plan to hang short curtains inside the window aperture, then the length of the cornice should be 2-3 cm less.
  • For the cornice to hang securely and not bend under the weight of the curtains, it is necessary to correctly calculate the number of bracket holders. The recommendations of the manufacturers attached to the cornices help you in this.
  • The heavier the curtains, the more rigid the profile cornice and its sliders should be. Or wider than the diameter, if it is a rod. For the construction of medium gravity, a rod with a diameter of 2 cm is suitable, for heavy curtains - a bar with a diameter,
  • Ceiling cornice - the most unobtrusive, but because it is universal. In addition, due to the uniform distribution of the load, it is very reliable and suitable for heavy curtains. True, you can install it only on a concrete foundation and best from wall to wall (otherwise it should be hidden behind a decorative cornice).
  • Curtains hung on the ceiling cornice visually raise the ceiling and enlarge the window opening
  • Curtains hung on the ceiling cornice visually raise the ceiling and enlarge the window opening
  • Forged and wooden bars are good for "rural" kitchens (for example, decorated in the style of Provence, country, cheby chic). Bronze and brass cornices with elegant tips - for classical. For the kitchen, decorated in a modern style, the bar is also suitable, especially in combination with curtains on the eyelets as in the interior on the next photo.
  • Curtains with eyelets in the interior of modern kitchen
  • Curtains with eyelets in the interior of modern kitchen
  • In case the interior of the kitchen is decorated in a modern style, and the curtains are light and not long at the same time, a string cornice is a good fit.
  • Curtains-cafes are hung on special stained-glass cornices or mini-bars, installed in the distance in the sash windows.
  • For registration of non-standard windows (arched, angular and bay windows), it is necessary to choose special profile plastic or aluminum cornices.
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