How to replace impractical tulle in the kitchen: 5 ideas

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Surely, every housewife knows that curtains are clothes for the window, and the general appearance of the room depends on how elegant and suitable these clothes will be. Finding the right curtains for the kitchen is always a star task. It is important to consider not only appearance, but also practicality. Alas, knowledge comes with experience. With such difficulty, the chosen tulle becomes unattractive in a few months, and after a year it turns not into decoration, but ugliness. Do not worry! The one who does nothing is not mistaken. If the last time you made a mistake when choosing decoration for windows, now is the time to correct it and replace the impractical tulle. Here are some ideas.

Signs of impractical tulle

First, you need to declare variables. How else in the store to distinguish impractical tulle from the most suitable? We note right away that tulle is a mesh fabric that is capable of transmitting sunlight. This is its fundamental difference from the curtain. Even the densest tulle will let light through, and the curtains are thick curtains, which are designed just to keep out the light.

It would seem that tulle is what you need for a kitchen space. In principle, it is, only tulle tulle strife. Signs of an unsuitable and impractical product:

  • made of fabric that has not been treated with special dust-repellent and antistatic substances. The kitchen is a specific room, there is often soot, droplets of fat fly, and there are many smells. The curtains absorb all this, so you have to wash them more often. If the fabric has not been processed, then soon it will lose its original appearance, and washing will not always be able to return it back;

  • too tight or transparent tulle. If the kitchen faces south, then you need to take the tulle more tightly so that you can hide from the sun at lunchtime. For kitchens facing north, the situation is reversed. Too dense tulle in this case can make the kitchen very dark and small;

  • too long tulle. The curtains that almost reach the floor look the most beautiful, but in the kitchen this option is in most cases inappropriate. Long tulle blocks normal access to the windowsill, can get tangled underfoot during cooking, gets dirty faster, and in a small kitchen such a solution will rarely be appropriate. If the kitchen is of decent size, and there is a dining area near the window, then a long tulle will come in handy;

  • tulle of an inappropriate design can hardly be called impractical, but it certainly will not become a decoration. A curtain with a large bright pattern will not look very good in a small kitchen – it will distract attention and hide the space.

Based on these rules, it will not be difficult to choose the right product. It is convenient when the store sorts the curtains by itself depending on the type of room. Thanks to convenient navigation on the site of the Tomdom store, you can quickly find suitable curtains for the kitchen by choosing the required color, price range, size and type of curtains.

Next, we will consider several interesting options for curtains that will be an excellent replacement for the old and impractical tulle.

Tulle threads

Kiseya or tulle threads are a non-standard, lightweight solution. They are perfect for a spacious, romantic-style kitchen. They are much easier to drape than classic tulle and can even be braided to keep them safe from fire. Due to their unusual texture, such curtains are less easily soiled: it is difficult for stains to stay on scattered threads. In addition, muslin does not need to be ironed, and it can be easily combined with other materials.

Kisei design options:

  • gradient – choose several shades of threads so that together they create an ombre effect;
  • two-tone – sometimes only two shades superimposed on each other are enough to create an interesting effect;
  • decorative – if space and space allow, you can decorate your window with decorative threads with beads.

Horizontal blinds

Many may consider this option too “office”, but it has many undeniable advantages:

  • blinds take up a minimum of space;

  • with their help, it is easy to regulate the amount of light entering the room;
  • if desired, they can be lowered down to the windowsill, or you can fully open the window;
  • blinds are easy to clean, you can wash off any stain from them, they do not need to be ironed.

The “office” image of blinds can be easily leveled by hanging short soft curtains on top. In addition, the sale is full of blinds in unusual shades.

However, blinds also have disadvantages. For example, in the kitchen, where small splashes of fat are constantly flying in all directions, it can be difficult to care for the blinds: you will often have to wipe each slat separately.

Note also the bamboo blinds. They are not afraid of moisture, durable, lightweight, look great in a country or eco style interior. The choice of colors is small, but the material is completely natural. True, bamboo blinds are not suitable for large window openings, as the slats can sag under their own weight.

Another interesting option is aluminum blinds. They are lightweight, resistant to fire and ultraviolet light, easy to clean, i.e. for the kitchen, this is ideal. Some manufacturers perforate the panels to achieve a whimsical play of light and shadow. The disadvantage of aluminum blinds is quick deformation and an unpleasant sound on the curtain.

Vertical blinds

Vertical blinds are made of fabric, using the most resistant materials to negative influences:

  • fiberglass is highly fire resistant, does not absorb odors, so this is the best option for the kitchen;
  • polyester is easy to care for, resistant to fading.

Please note that the fabric is protected by special impregnations against burnout, dust and odor absorption. Routine care consists of dry cleaning, occasionally wet cleaning. Cloth blinds are a good option for kitchens where the stove is located at a sufficient distance from the window. In addition, vertical curtains are a great option for custom-shaped windows.

Roller blinds

Roller blinds are a good option for the kitchen. The canvas of fabric covers the entire window opening, but if it is necessary to let in light, the curtains are very easy to open – the canvas simply winds on the shaft located at the top of the window opening. You can release the entire window or part of it.

The advantages of this option include:

  • compactness;
  • ease of use;
  • functionality. The window can be fully opened or closed.

Curtains impregnated with special substances are chosen for the kitchen. But, as is the case with fabric blinds, it is better not to place roller blinds directly near the stove.

Roman blinds are a bit like roller blinds, only the canvas in them is not wound on a shaft, but is gathered in folds. The advantages are the same as for roller blinds. They choose options only from fabrics that have undergone special processing, and as they become dirty, the fabric is simply washed in a washing machine.

Cafe curtains

Short curtains that hang in the middle of the window immediately add a more cozy and playful look to the room. Such curtains directly suggest themselves to the kitchen. No wonder they are called “cafes” – earlier this type of curtains decorated windows in public catering. They have undeniable advantages: they let in a lot of light in the upper part of the window, but keep the privacy of the owners. These curtains take up a minimum of space and provide access to the windowsill. They are easy to remove for washing and very easy to iron due to their small size.

These curtains will look great in country, retro, Provence style interiors. As a rule, curtains are sewn from natural fabrics – cotton or linen, decorated with an unassuming pattern. One of the most popular ornaments is a cage; flowers, polka dots, etc. also look great.

If short curtains without additional decorations seem too laconic, cafe curtains can be supplemented with a lambrequin in the form of a ruffle and cute tassel hooks.

It is better to refuse such options as English and French curtains, since their numerous draperies impede the penetration of light, make the kitchen smaller, and the abundance of fabric is an extra odor absorber.

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