Come to my [kitchen] window

My kitchen, like the rest of my home, is very charming.  If you aren't already aware, "charming"  is real estate code for "super cute, lots of character, but a smidge small."  When we put our house on the market this summer, I decided to make the kitchen as open and bright as I could, so that meant removing the white linen drape shade that I previously had hanging in the window. It looked like this:

I kinda like the clean, unfussy look that the bare window offers.  It really does brighten up the space and lets in much more light, even though the drape shade was pretty sheer.  Still ... I am once again on the fence about whether to add some kind of window treatment.  Here are a few options I'm considering for my space, which looks like this:

I love ticking stripe fabric. It's so cottage style and would fit in perfectly with the rest of my home.  I love this number in this kitchen.

Then again, what about this sweet little check?  The fabric choice may be a bit too country, but I like how there is some fabric to add interest to the window without blocking the light at all.

I'm also loving this patterned roman shade.  I love how it keeps the window trim visible but adds some pattern to the space.

This burlap number had me at hello.  It would be so easy to make and I really like the little pop of black.

But then again, do I really need a curtain? I love how the kitchens in Young House Love and Bower Power have completely bare kitchen windows - it looks so clean and uncluttered and fresh.

So ... help me!  Which would you choose?  Back to a drape shade? A roman shade? Burlap?  Little cafe panels? Or nada? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

See you swoon,

{images courtesy of (from top) Pottery Barn;;;;; young house love; bower power blog}


  1. I'm a no curtain girl...I like the windows (especially in the kitchen) bare...

  2. Me too! Bare windows are the best (well, at least for me) because you can see everything outside and you're letting all the natural light in. Although, I love that your whole kitchen is colored white. A white kitchen looks so clean and fresh and it makes cooking more enticing.