February 18, 2016 | Home & Happiness Team | Comments Off on Kitchen and Laundry Room Curtains: A Style Guide
The heart of our home’s operations, the kitchen and laundry room are often viewed as utilitarian – rather than decorative – spaces.
But selecting the right curtains can transform these areas. A laundry room suddenly appears more organized and finished, and a kitchen becomes beautiful and more inviting.
So what types of window treatments are right for these functional spaces? To find the perfect kitchen or laundry room curtains, keep these three tips in mind:
#1: Be strategic with style
Kitchen and laundry room windows are often smaller in size, making tier and café curtains or valances the best options. These styles often cost less than other curtain types, so you can achieve the look you want – and avoid guilt if you decide to switch your window treatments seasonally.
When choosing curtain color, consider that:
- Sheer fabrics provide privacy and filter sunlight.
- Lighter colors make small rooms appear brighter and larger, while darker hues balance larger spaces.
- Patterns and bright pops of color create a focal point.
#2: Find the right fabric
Curtains in a high-traffic room require more frequent washings. Fabrics like cotton, polyester, and easy-to-care for blends are hassle-free and can be tossed right into your washing machine.
#3: Get the right hardware
Requiring no installation, spring tension rods are ideal for hanging smaller curtains in kitchens and laundry rooms. (Tip: if you’re hanging thermal curtains, or panels made of a heavier fabric, check to see if the rod has a weight limit.) Because these rods are easily removed and put back in place, switching out curtain styles is fast and simple.
Spring tension rods can also do double-duty in these spaces:
- You can use spring tension rods to attach a curtain to the front of a laundry room shelf or the space below the kitchen sink, keeping detergents and cleaning supplies out of view.
- If your laundry area is part of another room or hallway, use a spring tension rod to hang a panel curtain and separate the space.
Another option for kitchen and laundry windows? Shades. Learn more about your options, and subscribe so that you don’t miss a future post detailing these versatile window treatments.