Curtains will make your kitchen feel cosier, and maybe a little bit more traditional (depending on the style of your cabinetry and interior design choices). They’re also ideal if you want a more formal look as they’re just that bit more polished than bare windows or blinds.
They’re often more practical for larger or open-plan kitchens than for small spaces, because you can keep them well away from the cooker. It’s a good idea if you can do this, as fabric’s more vulnerable to things like changing temperatures, build-ups of steam and oil, and absorbing cooking smells – you don’t want to be constantly taking them down to wash.
If your windows are close to your worktop or sink, curtains might not be the best choice either, as they’re more likely to get splashed and stained, or even damp over time. And the option of shorter length curtains is something we’d always suggest you steer clear of – they can look quite passé and take away from the elegance that full-length curtains will give you.
Curtains are great for softening a room and making it feel more elegant if you’re using it for dining and entertaining as well as cooking. In the open-plan kitchen pictured, our made-to-measure curtains with a cartridge heading and horizontal border give a tailored look to the dining area, without getting in the way of all the prep going on next door.
As a rule, if you’re having curtains anywhere in the kitchen, it makes sense to choose fabrics you can easily put in the washing machine, like linen or cotton. Keep them lightweight too (they can still be fully-lined, but choose a lighter lining fabric), so the room stays ventilated and you can easily sweep them out of the way to open windows when you need to.