When I posted pictures of our kitchen - where we painted the walls and cabinets grey and white, respectively - I don't think I gave the details on one of the most transformative elements in the room: our new window panels. Let me tell you a little about them, as they were super duper cheap and took almost no time - two awesome qualities in a home design project.
Let's backtrack for a moment. Before scooping up our current curtains, I visited several fabric shops on Queen Street in Toronto. After finding fabric that I loved, I was quoted $650 for four panels and a roman shade for my little kitchen. Crushing. I tried a fabric that I loved less, but the price hardly budged. Bummer. Clearly, there is a mega downside to having big windows and an inability to sew.
We thus decided that we'd find some simple curtains for the room and aimed to spend as little as possible. I knew I wanted something to soften the space, something that would keep it feeling light and airy (so something more sheer) and that I wanted them to go all the way down to the floor (about 97").
Then something highly unusual happened -- while picking up some frames at Ikea, Matt chose the curtains. He even said he liked their texture. Apparently, all of my jabbering away about design ideas sunk in a little. So, obviously - since Matt rarely picks out home things - I jumped to buy the curtains. I was all the more eager when I saw that they were $19.99 for two and plenty long enough to go from ceiling to floor and machine washable. If you're interested, they are the Matilda curtains, available here. We used a wire hanging system from Ikea to hang them (since our windows are too close to the walls for traditional rods) and are digging the industrial-ish look of them.
Lastly, since I didn't want the look of tab pockets, we used a pack of these. We didn't even cut off the tabs, just folded 'em and clipped 'em. Easy as pie (is that even a saying?).
So, here's the before of our curtainless, orangey-wood kitchen.
And here's the curtains after.