Cafe curtains are great for adding privacy to a kitchen. These kitchen curtains span across the lower half of the window leaving a gap above the curtain allowing in plenty of light. Plus you can look out without anyone looking in. They add privacy without blocking the view or the light too much.
As cafe curtains are informal in style, they are particularly suitable for kitchens, in fact it is unlikely that they will be suitable for other rooms in your home. These curtains originated in the cafes of Europe, where they allowed patrons to drink their coffee and enjoy the street scene without being viewed from outside. Because of their origins, they are often called French cafe curtains.
For the heading on cafe style curtains, you can use a simple casement heading through which you slot a rod, which must be positioned at the the right height above the window sill or lower edge. You could also use tab tops or simple tie tops for a heading.
As for fabrics for kitchen cafe curtains, you can use anything from very sheer voile or organza to very heavy cotton or linen. Sheer cafe curtains are best with gathered casement or tie top headings whereas the heavier fabrics are better for tab tops.
If you would like to decorate the top of your windows, you can do so with a window valance and often cafe window curtains and matching valances (so-called kitchen curtain tiers) are sold in a set. These tiered curtains are mainly suitable for family kitchens and those with a country look rather than ultra modern kitchens. You will find many examples of lace cafe curtains and valances which you would not dream of putting next to gleaming stainless steel and shiny cabinets. If you have a contemporary kitchen go for a tab top cafe curtain either in a plain fabric or one with a striped or plaid design.
Here are some great examples of cafe and tier kitchen curtains. Of course, there is not space to show many examples so if you do not see anything to your liking take a look at the huge selection of discount cafe curtains for sale.