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The Best Cafe Curtains for Every Style

No longer delegated to the kitchen and bathroom, cafe curtains are a quick way to add style to your home without the cost of floor-sweeping draperies. The major benefit of cafe curtains (also called tiers) is they give you the best of both worlds — privacy and plenty of natural light. Typically between 24 and 36 inches in length, you hang the curtains midway up your windows.

The window treatment gets its name from cafes — shocking, I know. Those roadside stops and coffee shops might have you envisioning lots of plaids, frills and lace, but the tier curtains of today are much chicer. From modern florals and crisp whites to contemporary geometrics and classic stripes, you’ll easily find a cafe curtain design you love.

Ticking and striped curtains never go out of style, but certainly have a distinct farmhouse vibe. They feel as at home now as they did 100 years ago and add the just-right amount of pattern, especially above your apron sink. For a more country-inspired look, try a timeless plaid in black or gray.

Don’t let visions of your grandmother’s crochet-and-floral-filled home keep you away from the fresh blooms of today. Whether you’re drawn to tone-on-tone blossoms, watercolor tulips, modern leaves or vintage sunflowers, floral curtains add a soft touch of nature to your home.

Infuse your space with modern geometrics. The pattern-heavy designs are eye-catching without being overpowering, and they leave any thought of being stuffy or traditional in the past.

Cozy and a little bit vintage, cottage style is epitomized by charming patterns, such as toile, plaids and delicate florals. Bring the look into your home with pretty pastels and natural motifs.

Simple white curtains are the most versatile. Choose a tailored design for a minimalist or contemporary aesthetic, pleated for traditional spaces and ruffles and ruched for cottage rooms. Instead of darkening a room, white curtains are a fresh and bright addition to your space.

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