The simplicity and simplicity of Provence, also called French country, has won the hearts of housewives all over the world. Light colors, a lot of nice little knickknacks, ruffles, flowers - all this is associated with comfort, beauty and comfort for most women. It's no wonder that you want to bring Mediterranean calm and dimensionality to your apartment, especially in the kitchen, where these feelings are most needed.
But for full compliance with the style you need to pay due attention to the design of windows. In our review, you'll find out what the Provence style curtains are, and surely look after a couple of options for your kitchen on the proposed photos.
In addition to examples of beautiful curtains, you are expected:
- advice on choosing a model, colors, designs and fabrics for window decoration;
- important for the creation of the South-French atmosphere of accessories and trivia.
Provence's country houses do not have large dimensions, so the style of the same name is perfect for decorating small kitchens. So, if you have not decided on the interior design yet, consider this style in more detail.
By combining the common features of the chosen direction, modern ideas and design techniques, you will fill the kitchen with harmony, comfort and spaciousness. Let's consider how to achieve this with curtains. And we begin with the classics.
Curtains before or just above the floor refer to the traditional design of the window and are characteristic of many styles. But the Provence, like the specifics of the cuisine, imposes some restrictions, which, however, does not narrow the choice of curtains.
For example, heavy and dense drapes in this style are inappropriate. Curtains should be as light as possible, and fabrics should be thin and natural. On the other hand, not every material can withstand the pressure of all that is happening in the kitchen and for a long time will preserve its original appearance.
The best fabric for curtains or cotton with special impregnations, which increase their wear resistance. If you intend to limit yourself to tulle, then for the kitchen is more suitable organza. The combination of curtains and tulle is acceptable, but such window decoration is suitable for spacious rooms where multi-layered and wide cornice will not eat up space.
Long curtains for the kitchen in the style of Provence are:
- White, blue, beige or pastel curtains with tulle or solo;
- curtains with floral, checkered or striped prints;
- Double curtains - combinations of monochrome and colored fabrics;
- monotonous curtains with colored lambrequins, picks or frills.
Examples are waiting for you in the photo below.
Fused with the color of the walls with monochrome curtains will make the decoration of the windows unobtrusive and inconspicuous. This will give an opportunity to focus on other elements. By color, curtains will be in harmony with the sofa, kitchen set or apron, tablecloth, bedding for chairs. But what additions are used for curtains with a pattern.
Uncomplicated fabrics will be complemented by a variety of accessories - ruffles, laces, bows, embroideries, appliques, frills. And although the amount of decor for curtains, according to the advice of designers, is directly proportional to the volume of the room, the Provence is just the style where the abundance of such elements is only welcomed. Perhaps, it really will not be appropriate for small kitchens. But why not, if you like it so much?
When choosing the color scheme, you should not forget about the functionality, without which in the apartment, and even more so - in the kitchen can not do. For example, white and other bright monochrome curtains are beautiful and tend to increase the volume of the room. But before decorating them with kitchen windows, think carefully about whether you are ready for frequent curtains. And if they are regularly pushed and moved, will not you be upset by contemplating your own fingerprints on the fabric?
More practical are the curtains in a cage or with a print, on which any spots will not be so noticeable. Rescue will be checkered ruches around the perimeter of a monophonic canvas (for grasping) or fixing curtains in a stationary position.
For all the beauty of long curtains are inappropriate in the tiny, especially - narrow kitchens, where every centimeter on the account.
The shortened models are universal, fit rooms of all sizes, and look more than cozy. We would even call them the most popular today.
If the window is furniture or you need regular access to the lockers under the windowsill - the best option is not found. Plus, short curtains will not interfere with cleaning and will not be at breakfast from an awkward traffic or draft.
As you understand, the provence is characterized by a simple cut of curtains and design of curtains, which are compensated by a colorful floral ornament. The canvases are decorated with red, blue, lilac, blue, peach blossoms with green foliage or without it.
One nuance - the smaller the kitchen, the less bright and large the drawing should be. If the floral print is already present on another kitchen textiles, giving him much of the window may be a brute force.
A composition of short monochrome curtains with a lambrequin and pickings of the desired color is harmonious. Cloths, bows, "vichy" cage, angels, butterflies or stripes can be displayed on the fabric.
The shape of the curtains is square, rectangular or arched, and the density of the material depends on the desired level of darkening and other home textiles.
The described long and short models refer to sliding curtains, which are attached to an ordinary curtain rod or to a sliding version. The latter will be appropriate if there are non-functional sections of the wall around the window.
The cornice can end with elaborate spirals, arrows, cones and other intricate knobs, pretending to be a "retro". This is not necessary, but it is desirable. Those who are not ready to part with their old and reliable cornice, can not do without the lambrequin, which will hide it.
The same trick we would recommend in case you have time to evaluate the convenience of curtains on the eyelets. This type of fastening is characteristic of modern styles, but it facilitates the separation of curtains in comparison with other methods. But since the provans are more suitable for curtains on rings, ties, kulisks or loops, fashionable eyelets can be hidden, for example, with a rectangular draped lambrequin.
Symmetrical curtains in the style of the cafe will be decorated with double-winged windows, or rather, their lower part. They are attached directly to the window using a string or telescopic cornice. On wooden windows you can hang them yourself using nails and fishing line.
This model of curtains can be seen in the cafe, for which it received its name. Here, its use is fully justified, because it hides those sitting at the table, not interfering with the penetration of light.
Curtains-cafes are combined with lambrequins, curtains or complemented by twins at the top of a large window. Plus, such curtains are that you can open the window open, without even touching them, and they fit the premises of any size.
Beautifully it will look like a fabric with decorative holes (proshva), hemsticks, a picture in a cage, a strip and, of course, a floral print.
Stained-glass curtains are similar to the previous ones, but are fixed on two cornices - upper and lower, and occupy almost the entire plane of the window. And - no, they are not sewn from shreds, as one might think. These are curtains in the form of an hourglass, fixed exactly in the middle by a pick-up or clamp.
Just like the curtains-cafe, they look very comfortable and allow you to open the window unhindered. Such a decor will be ideal for decorating the windows of the bay window and tiny windows wherever.
- small kitchen;
- small or narrow windows;
- an open window sill is needed;
- you just tired of sliding curtain models,
pay attention to the Roman curtains. Rising to one level or another, they form a drape for the width you need. If the lifting mechanism, in your opinion, is not combined with the simplicity of the rustic style, adjust the length manually using ribbons.
Roman curtains can be decorated with contrasting or colorful ribbons, bows, frills, ruffles or boutonniere. You can hang them on a standard or more modernized cornice, which is attached directly to the window, if the purity of style is not important for you.
Tissue roller blinds differ from Roman curtains only in the absence of drapery, which makes them an excellent background for brighter details in the interior. Densely adjoining the window, they will save you from the excess of the sun, so they often decorate the windows of balconies, loggias and bay windows.
As a decor for roller blinds, the same details as for Roman blinds are used. Both models are combined with lambrequins, which will perform an aesthetic role and complement the kitchen set, apron, tablecloth and litter on chairs.
Do you like a lush, semicircular drape falling down? Or do you want to easily convert long curtains into short ones? Then the French curtains - just what you need! Lush festons of translucent fabric will not burden the interior, even in small kitchens.
These curtains look elegant without any additions and contrasts, which does not prohibit you from decorating them with braid, frills, ruffles or combine with other models.
For some reason, we did not mention that you can do without curtains, which is also typical for the Mediterranean style. But, so that the window does not look completely empty, its upper part can be decorated with a rectangular draped lambrequin, which someone calls simply a short curtain.
This way of decorating windows will be appropriate if you are not threatened by the curiosity of neighbors, or when the sill is busy with lush vegetation. By the way, the abundance of indoor flowers and vases in the Provence is very welcome.
Excellent crochet in the mood of style knitted crochet, knitting needles or wicker (macrame) curtains. And it will be wonderful if you make them yourself, which is exactly the case for village housewives. As they say, if you want to do well, do it yourself.
But the purchased models can be no worse and will satisfy even the most demanding tastes. It looks such a decor, you must agree, it is original and at ease. White, blue, cocoa, lilac, with or without a contrast pattern - knitted curtains, like hand-made in general, will never go out of fashion.
It would seem that the blinds are exclusively an office attribute, and if not, it clearly does not fit the Provence. But look at these photos, and you immediately change your mind. Breathable and cozy material will fill the kitchen with warmth, in harmony with furniture and other interior details.
Wooden blinds are represented in many shades, so choosing the right one is not difficult. Plus, they are very functional, which is important for the kitchen - the seats take up a little and the lights will pass just as long as you want.
True, there is a pair of "buts":
- The tree is sensitive to the humidity level, and its indicator in the kitchen is usually higher;
- perhaps, you will be impressed by the price of the product.
A kind of bonus to our list will be combined curtains. For a harmonious color range or distribution of practical and aesthetic functions, curtains-cafes, Roman curtains and curtains, roll and French models, hang short curtains over long ones ... Perhaps we will stop, since this list seems endless.
And the last thing we would like to say. Choosing curtains in the kitchen in the style of Provence, try to find a balance between beauty and practicality. After all, an elegant, but uncomfortable thing in the kitchen will be simply useless. We wish you the pristine beauty and freshness of the Mediterranean!