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The Unexpected Curtain Trend We Didn’t See Coming, But Everyone Is Doing (Including Emily)

Remember when I moved from my beloved, charming 1920s Mediterranean apartment into a more contemporary stark-white walled townhouse, and then wrote an article about how nothing I already owned felt right in there? 

Well, if you don’t remember, you can find that here. And if you do, I’m back with more. While I will say that my “it’s all a disaster!” mania has cooled off and things are starting to feel a bit more like home—the product of taking a deep breath and hanging some art—there are areas I know need work. My cool-toned blue sofa, for one, would be so much better in a warm tone like ochre, for instance. But pish-posh, that’s a different fish to fry for another day.

 i considered going for a bold, patterned curtain in this room but between the ceiling slope, the intense plaster texture on the walls and the view of the city out the large picture window (which you can’t really see here), i opted for the simple route and was so happy with the result. | photo by sara ligorria-tramp

Today’s design discussion-slash-challenge happens to be what’s beyond my sofa: the curtains. The white, IKEA curtains that felt so pristine in my last home are suddenly as boring as a sack of all-purpose flour in their new spot. They framed my old second-floor picture window beautifully and added just the right amount of necessary softness to my plaster walls and White Dove walls (the perfect warm white, in my opinion). But these walls aren’t a glorious milky hue but rather a completely generic landlord-favorite Swiss Coffee. Suddenly, these curtains look tired. Perhaps they’ve also been waking at 3 am every morning to replace a baby’s pacifier. Such hard-working curtains, they are. And while that’s one totally plausible hypothesis, another is that…this room just needs something else. 

If you were to take one tiny scroll through my saved folder of room images on Instagram or even Pinterest, you’d be correct to assume that I live for pattern and color. Except when you look at the first floor of my house, NOTHING IS PATTERNED and apart from my blue sofa, THERE IS NO COLOR. How did I get here? 

In my hunt for a panacea or, at the very least, a design palette cleanse, I unearthed a bit of a trend I wanted to share that just might save my living room in its current state: the patterned curtain. I’m sure I don’t have to explain to you the absolute death grip the neutral window covering has had on the design world over the last decade (or…always?). Heck, most of the projects you see revealed around here play it safe with the ubiquitous white or flax linen panel and Roman shade. 

There are, of course, a few reasons for this: they add just enough texture in a functional form (read: privacy) without fighting against or adding too much visual weight to a room’s design; they’re very easy to find at numerous price points; they’re classic; and, as mentioned, they’re a very safe choice for a usually very pricey item. Who wants to spend hundreds or even thousands on draperies in a floral pattern you might tire of before the spend seems worth it? I won’t even dignify that question with a response (no one, okay, that’s the answer). 

But back to the “trend.” Interior design, in general, has really spread its wings in recent years on a mainstream level. People are wallpapering ceilings and painting everything in sight…I LOVE IT, so it’s no wonder I’ve been noticing far more designers and design content creators sidestep the white curtain for something in a rich solid hue, or, even better yet, a bold pattern. 

The patterned window covering is everywhere right now, whether via just a subtle windowpane grid or a full-blown sprawling floral moment. And I can use several hundred words to tell you what that detail adds to a room scheme, but instead, let me show you.

First Up: The Solid Color Curtain

I know this is a post about patterned window textiles, but I kind of want to build up to it. Because, you know, drama and all. First, let’s start with some EHD baddies:

from: the reveal we’ve all been waiting for! caitlin’s mostly thrifted, postmodern regency deco living room | photo by sara ligorria tramp

In Caitlin’s (long awaited) living room, the grass green panels are a key part of her color palette. Without them, the room would have been predominantly blushy peach and neutrals. Plus, they draw the eye to and from all her amazing vintage finds so perfectly. 

from: moto reveal! how jess made her wfh office/living room totally multifunctional (with big help from the world’s most beautiful smart monitor) | photo by sara ligorria-tramp

Isn’t this just so pretty?? I hope you all remember Jess’ office spruce up in her beautiful Old World apartment. The blush linen just glows against the turret window, a feat likely not able to be accomplished if she had gone for the subtly of white. 

design by martha mulholland | photo by laure joliet

Moving on from our in-house friends is this vignette from Martha Mulholland. That whole home, actually, is so lovely and a testament to bold drapery. I personally think had she gone with beige or white panels in this room, it would have stolen the warmth of the window casing and woodwork. The rust makes them pop a bit more and leans into the character of the architecture. 

Let’s Get Charmed By Some Prints

design by rosa beltran | photo by sara ligorria-tramp

Behold, the photo I’ve had saved on my desktop for months that is possibly the most direct inspiration for what I want to do in my own living room. Shot for Emily’s second book, Rosa Beltran’s block print curtains hit that perfect harmony between sweet, chic, interesting, and not overdone. I tried to hunt down this fabric but haven’t had much luck. Does anyone by chance know what it is?

design by rosa beltran | photo by sara ligorria-tramp

Here’s another room in that same home. Both have a modern yet cottage-y vibe, but I just think the plaid Romans here bring the fun and youthful design of the space up to balance everything else that’s low-slung (or the ceilings are really high, and even so, the point still stands). The patterned window covering is not just a design choice but also a tool.

design and photo by ashley goldman/the gold hive

Many years ago, when I was a full-time EHD staffer, I ran a house tour of Ashley Goldman’s lovely craftsman in San Diego, and since then, I’ve enjoyed watching her update spaces like the kitchen while keeping to and respecting the era of the home. And man I love these little café curtains she did here. I like to play a game where I cover them up with my fingers and then reveal them back to myself to drive home my crush on all things print right now. The peppering of blue in the fabric is a great counterbalance to the oxblood in the rug, wallpaper, and cookware.

design and photo by jenni yolo/i spy diy

Hello striped bamboo shade! You see, not all pattern has to be like PATTERN!!! Even something like what Jenni Yolo picked for her dining nook with a simple black and white stripe is enough to add that touch of whimsy and cool. 

It took me this many words to decide that the best way to describe going for a print on your curtains is like ordering the hot fudge sundae that comes with whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry, and then asking for the add-on of rainbow sprinkles, even though they’re not on the menu. The “rainbow sprinkle” is figurative here, of course, because only an animal would alter the perfect creation that is the HFS, but the attitude behind my analogy is what’s important. 

design by dee murphy | photo by zeke ruelas

Rainbow. Freaking. Sprinkles. Dee Murphy could have easily gone the route of simple, neutral curtains. In fact, had I designed this room with all the same pieces, it’s probably what I would have done. Maaaybe I would have been bold enough to go for a tone-on-tone solid drapery but I would have never thought to pair that floral print with the vintage rug, but it works and it’s kind of a little design surprise. Some of my favorite rooms always have a moment of an unexpected choice. Something that doesn’t *super* match but works unexpectedly, and I think that’s what’s happening with these window treatments.

design by heidi caillier | photo by haris kenjar

One of my favorite ways to introduce pattern in your curtains without it feeling scary is to stick to a very tight color palette like Heidi Caillier did in this bedroom. The gorgeous Zak+Fox fabric on the panels lives in the neutral, warm neutrals space as the bedding, wallpaper, and even furniture. That way, it’s pattern, but it’s more visual texture than a full-blown eye-catching graphic. 

before cafe curtains from: our custom farmhouse dining nook reveal (and what makes it so incredibly durable…and pretty:)) | after cafe curtains from: the dining nook restyled – an accidental style move back to being eclectic | photos by kaitlin green

Now, let’s study Emily’s dining nook before and after she brought in her vintage Japanese Boro fabric cafe curtain. It’s obviously so lovely, but it takes on a whole new life with the magic of the textile, in my opinion. And yes, I know the “before” photo didn’t have any covering on the window, but I still think it’s a fair comparison for the point I’m writing about: pattern adds zest, life, and charm. Not every room or vignette calls for that, of course, but in the instance of what I’m working with in my space, it certainly does.

Some Quick & Dirty Advice 

I can’t possibly guess the statistics of how many of you reading right now are all like “Yeah, duh, pattern is where it’s at” and how many are more “Sorry, you’re just not going to convince me and I’ll die with my white curtains,” but just in case there is a middle ground between those two stances, I wanted to offer some sure-fire ways to make printed window coverings work in your home if you’re interested in trying out the look. 

First, go for timeless: Things like checks, plaid, stripes, smaller-scale block prints, and even certain florals are likely never going to be “out of style.” They’re classics for a reason and have an enduring quality to them stylistically, even in more daring colors.

Don’t spend a fortune: As much as I love to tell people to invest in quality when and where they can, there are a lot of great ready-made options available for pretty decent price points (when compared to custom drapery). Another tip is not to forget to dig around second-hand markets for printed curtains. I’ve seen some of the people I follow find absolute gems for almost nothing. Take the money you save and get them laundered and hemmed to the size you need. 

Test things out if you’re nervous: Want to know a fun little trick? Flat sheets or even large tablecloths can double as window panels depending on the size. Now, I’m not saying hang your sheets forever, but if you happen to have a patterned sheet you like, clip it up to your curtain rod and live with it for a few weeks and then see how you feel.

Time For A Little DIY Planning

Now that I’ve helped you, it’s time to help myself. Being that I already have 10 of these IKEA panels and would rather not have to buy all new draperies, I had the idea of dying and block printing them myself, because I have excess time on my hands as a new mother, and what else would I do with that then spend hours hand stamping flowers? In all honestly, I love a mindless, repetitive project, and I think I’d feel pretty dang proud of my work once complete every time I looked up from the sofa. 

Here is a snapshot of my living room as it stands. A few things you can go ahead and ignore: the fact that my drapes are all clearly different lengths…I washed them and then only ironed half of them (the long ones) before it got dark and I had to put them all up, and then I just never got back to it. Oh, and the unkept patio behind the sliding glass doors. That’s a project for the future (stay tuned…maybe!). And of course the diaper box and unhung art in the right corner.

Do you see how the curtains feel limp, boring, and like they have the potential to be so much more? If they were the lead in a teen romcom circa 2002, they’d be on the precipice of removing their unsightly glasses, getting a chic bob haircut, and putting on a slinky red dress to inevitably win the guy and become prom queen. But for now, they’re the frumpy sad sack nerd who can’t be bothered to wear mascara. 

As I mentioned, my loose inspiration is the curtains in Rosa Beltran’s living room I showed above and I think that would be “easy” enough to accomplish. And by “easy,” I mean at least somewhat possible. 

Take a gander at some quick Photoshop work to give you an idea of how things can look: 

After digging around the RIT Dye website to find a combination of dyes that will turn the creamy white I have into a buttery tea-stained beige (a formulation they call Aged Ivory), I hunted down Rose Quartz and Lemon Yellow from my local art stores and started the search for a block print stamp and paint. My intention is to first dye all the panels in my washing machine (they actually suggest this, don’t be scared like Charles was when I talked him through the plan), get them all steamed and wrinkle-free, and then map out a grid for the flower print I bought. 

You’ll have to imagine that the pattern isn’t straight on like that obviously, but rather folded into the curtains. I haven’t quite decided on the colors yet as I have some thinking to do with regards to an updated palette but I have ALWAYS loved a block print marigold or Scottish thistle. I mean, for well over a decade, so I just know that these will feel more me once finished. I think once I swap out some of my other soft goods like the pillows to better match the style, I’ll bring down the modern vibes to something more welcoming and charming.

If you’re wondering whether I’ve ever done this or not, the answer is a firm no, but I did one paint Kelly green chevrons on some curtains back in the chevron heyday and that turned out okay, so I think I’ve got it in me to do. 

Thoughts? Prayers?

QUICK UPDATE: Some readers have commented on the placement of my curtain rod being too low. While you’re not technically wrong, the photo does lie a bit. I took this photo standing in my dining room, which is about four or five feet up from the living space, making the doors here look much shorter than they are in real life. These are ~100″ curtains that I released the hem on a bit to make them even longer. I could definitely gain about 8 or so inches by going up to 108″ panels, or I can add some length to these with another fabric but I don’t love that look. The ceilings in here are TALL so it’s kind of just a crappy setup in terms of ready-made curtain lengths (custom isn’t an option for me at the price point I want to stay at for a rental). ANYWAY, all that to say, it looks short, but it’s in fact very tall and there aren’t a ton of other solutions that won’t cost me a fortune. Sometimes, you kind of just have to break some “rules” and live with it, you know?

Shop the Trend

Before signing off so I can get to work rehabbing my existing curtains, I window-shopped a little for myself in case this plan goes south and I need to indeed buy new panels. Here are some of the ones I’d maybe consider, as well as a few I’ll dream about but likely won’t invest in.

  1. Amber Lewis for Anthropologie Rowena Curtain 50″x96″ | 2. Arnica Bhotah Floral Curtain 50″x96″ | 3. Abeille Curtain 50″x96″ | 4. Holli Zollinger Kalami Floral 1pc Blackout Window Curtain Panel 50″x96″ | 5. Red + Blue Poppy Flower Hand Block Printed Cotton Curtains 46″x98″ | 6. Penelope Moss Custom Curtain 50″x96″

1. Pieced Stripe Curtain 50″x96″ | 2. Blue Buffalo Check Cotton Blackout Window Curtain Panel 44″x96″ | 3. Windowpane Plaid Rod Pocket Curtains | 4. Ticking Stripe Rod Pocket Curtains 100″x96″ | 5. Dash – Block Print Boho Curtain Panel by littlearrowdecor 50″x96″ | 6. Tatum Ivory Curtain Panel 50″x96″

Stay tuned EHD friends for how this all turns out. These curtains are phase 1 of a living room refresh that mostly involves new textiles and styling, but I’ll be sure to keep you posted. 

Until next time…


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62 thoughts on “The Unexpected Curtain Trend We Didn’t See Coming, But Everyone Is Doing (Including Emily)

  1. Aryln, until this article I have never felt my curtain choice reflected back at me in anybody else’s home, either in person or online! Actually, I had given up expecting external validation in this area 😉 When we moved into our home (a new build) I wanted to go with solid-color roman shades in our main living area + kitchen, but my husband insisted they had to be a floral or the whole space would feel flat and cold. There’s not a lot of pattern happening anywhere else, except two Persian-style runners in the entry and kitchen. I was surprised he felt so strongly about this, and very nervous! Pretty quickly, though, a natural linen fabric “spoke to me.” Its base color closely matches our oatmeal wall paint, but it’s embroidered with flowers in shades of blue that tie into our navy kitchen cabinets. They look timelessly beautiful and yet somehow original, because people are terrified to choose this type of fabric anymore (and that is the official opinion of my curtain maker, who was thrilled when we picked this). My husband was 100% right, the floral brings so much warmth and character to the space. BUT I will admit that at first I felt self-conscious around friends my age or younger for having chosen a traditional floral. When I read about design online, I get the impression that nobody chooses patterned window treatments these days UNLESS (a) the colors and prints are super loud, bright, and modern (in a style I call “mandatory fun”) or (b) the overall style is a maximalist, grandmillenial pattern-mixing extravaganza. Neither of those styles are for me. But I would happily live in any one of the rooms you selected for this post. So, thank you for these examples of pretty, warm rooms that use patterned curtains but don’t tip over into overwhelming or quickly-dated extremes.

    1. Embroidered floral window treatments sound LOVELY! Also, I totally hear you that it feels like no one in the design community online opts for pattern but they DO! It’s not as prevalent, but they’re out there and every time I see it, I’m drawn to it. The beauty of home design is that your home can be your own and doesn’t need to look anything like your friends or your neighbors to be special. The Internet has made us feel like whatever is “trending” on all of our feeds is what’s chic or stylish but I think we all know that’s not really true.

  2. Oooh, Arlyn! This is a brave and exciting move. Not so much hanging patterned curtains, but DIY block printing them. 😀
    I taught block printing (back in the day, as an art teacher with hand-carved linoleum designs).
    Less is more with DIY – i.e., leave more white space than you think you need. It gives the pattern space to breathe.
    As with painting, preparation is 80% of ensuring it’s a success…. Some suggestions:
    1. Wash the curtains first – no fabric softener or anything. You want the fibres ‘raw’. (I know you’re dying the curtains first.
    2. Dye them.
    3. Wash them again, on cold, to remove any residual ‘loose’ dye.
    3. Iron/steam them flat… then measure and mark-out lines with a fabric pencil so the pattern will be evenly spaced.
    4. Use a backing pad, like thick newspaper or (preferably) flattened gigantic cardboard boxes (such as a fridge box). You don’t want to ‘stamp’ onto a really hard surface like the floor. The little bit of give helps the stamp ‘get into’ the fabric weave and fibres. Get down on the floor to block print/stamp the pattern, using the cardboard (how you’re going to keep Evelyn clear of this project is beyond my imagination🥴).
    5. Iron/steam them for at least as long as the dye you’re using intructs. (You need to ‘set’ the paint). This goes for the initial dying and the stamping.
    💡Did you know that standard, decent quality poster paint can become fabric paint by adding a fabric paint product?? Well, yes it can. Mix thoroughly.
    Good luck. Verrry excitingggg!
    My favourite curtains from your examples are the Dee Murphy ones. They’d be perfect in my house. 🤗

    1. These are great instructions! Makes me want to hand stamp some drop cloth canvas and starch paste it to my walls… Having hand dyed curtains myself I can say its quite a bit of work. Might be easier to buy block print fabric by the yard and hem simple curtains.

    2. I had so many boxes from the box but now have almost none. I’m sure I can ask around the neighborhood if anyone has any spare cardboard I can borrow!

      1. A flipped over mousepad will provide that bit of give as well, you just might have to move it around a bit more.

    1. I included these in my roundup! I do really like them but the color isn’t quite right for what I want.

  3. I’m on board with patterned curtains! As someone who moves for work every couple of years, I get the frustration of curtains that don’t quite work from home to home. I noticed your curtains are hung too low. Longer curtains mounted higher and wider would be my first change before committing to pattern/color.

  4. We just moved to a new house with a wall of windows in the bedroom and huge, heavy drapes. I appreciate the blackout aspect, but it feels a bit like sleeping at the edge of an opera stage every night. What is a good alternative for a minimalist? I’d prefer sliding panels, but I’m worried they wouldn’t block enough light when it gets super bright in the summertime.

    1. There are really beautiful modern blind options available these days—lots of subtle textures and larger sizes that don’t look busy. Contact a designer or look to your local window covering provider. Good luck!

    2. Sarah – you finally articulated for me what is wrong with our light gray velvet bedroom curtains. They are huge and while they’ve worked the last few years I just knew they needed to change. I have new fabric to make new curtains but have been dragging my feet. Repeating to myself “must replace the opera curtains” will definitely make me move forward!

  5. What a fun project! I’ll be honest, whenever I think about painting fabric my mind immediately just goes back to that crunchy (and usually pearlescent?!) fabric paint we’d use to make customized t-shirts in the 90s haha (or, oh my gosh, did anyone else do that thing where you’d use puff paint to outline an image on a sweatshirt? I have a specific memory of doing that with a graphic of an eagle flying over mountains in the early 90s. WHY?). So I’m excited to get the low-down on actual, quality materials and see how it all turns out. Block printing or even screen printing sounds like so much fun in general! I think maybe you’ve inspired me to try a new hobby…??

  6. I can’t wait to see how your block printing turns out! I have three different prints in my open living area–no regrets! The main living room happened to be sale fabric that I decided to try out, and the rest is history, ha! (I made all of mine, which honestly is easy-peasy with no linings.)

  7. I really want cute floral curtains in my living room (it has a bay window!) but feel like the patterns I like most are so expensive (anthro curtains have the best patterns – but the price is per panel, so for 6 panels – yikes!). Would love more suggestions of lower cost options!

    1. Ugh I know! It’s a lot easier to justify the cost if it’s one small window but I also need 6+ (really I need 8) panels and that’s just not an expense I want or need right now.

  8. Colored or patterned drapes are my solution to every room. Somehow, they’re my safe zone when it comes to decorating. I fully support this project and can’t wait for updates.

  9. So excited to see this project revealed! One of my favorite fabric brands to work with for drapery is Susan Connor.
    Just a tip from a designer—if you’re interested in drapery, an interior designer can source your ideal fabric and custom-design what you need with their workroom for probably 25% less than what it costs to work with the Shade Store etc . . . my clients are always surprised : ). It’s certainly an investment, never cheap, but if you’re going the custom route, designers can give you more for less.

  10. Good luck with the curtain dyeing and printing! I love a good unique solution. The reason I would consider new curtains in your space is due to what looks like much higher walls as it appears that your gallery wall goes up fairly high. It would be nice to mirror that height by hanging your curtain rod higher. I still think your couch looks great! Oh, and Rosa Beltran spells her name with an “A”.

    1. Fixed!

      And yes, totally hear you on the height thing, and I don’t totally disagree but the photo I took was taken from the dining room which is half a floor up (split level) so it kind of makes it all look very short. That window is TALL and those are 100″ curtains with the hem released to add some more inches. Outside of getting custom curtains made (not an expense that’s anywhere near worth it in my rental), my only other solution is sewing length onto the curtains and I don’t love that look. It’s a buzzkill but it’s kind of just what I have to deal with.

      1. Oh – I think it could look really pretty to sew on some length – if you dye it after you sew it will be subtle. Or you could gather it a bit to make a flounce. Alternatively, you could add a border on both top and bottom – or even include the sides for an all around border. Again, it could be something very tone on tone – a lightweight velvet border attached before dying could be really nice. Linen and velvet are quite nice together.

  11. I like white and I like pattern and color. I often opted for white because I didn’t like patterns and colors available. White also feels classic and fitting, and it works everywhere. In the past lots of people had sheers and some curtain in color. Now you can use sheers as curtain when you don’t want too much weight. You can also find patterned sheers. Anyway, white almost always works as curtains.

    You can make a project and change your curtains or keep the ones you have and change them seasonably. For example you can have one set for the summer and one for winter. You don’t have to. I’m suggesting that because it’s true that you can change a color or pattern of your current curtains but you can’t change the texture, shape, or length. If you don’t have the space to store them, them maybe sell them on fb marketplace. If there’s something somewhere you like, I’d just buy it.
    So I would buy new panels in a pattern I like as opposed to making a diy project, unless you already have an idea and know precisely what you want to do.

  12. I love this, Arlyn! Those room photos are stunning. I’m so happy that people seem to be embracing pattern and color more in interiors in general 🙂 Good luck with the DIY!
    (Just an FYI, its Rosa Beltran, not Rose)

  13. Really like the color and printed curtains.

    Arlyn, I am curious about the rod placement on your patio doors. It is low. Have you considered raising the rod to a few inches from the ceiling and then adding length to the curtains with a solid color hemmed to the bottom? Maybe an embroidered 3 inch wide trim tape to the inside edges? Could still dye them to the color you have in mind but I think raising the rod and lengthening the curtains would do more for the room.

    1. Hi there Sunny! I answered this in another comment but you’re not wrong! The rod placement does seem low but it’s actually VERY high. The sliding doors are massive and the curtains there are over 100″ tall already (with the hem let out a bit to make them even longer) and STILL they look short. It’s wild. Whoever picked these didn’t really think about the kind of window coverings someone might need ha!

  14. I wonder if one of those rolling pattern wallpaper things might come in handy here…

  15. Looking forward to seeing how these turn out, Arlyn! Thanks for the all the inspiration in this post.
    Seeing Caitlin’s living room again reminded me we haven’t hear from her in a while! I bet I’m not the only one who would love a Caitlin update post! Still perusing European real estate? Any new home projects or fun trips or vintage finds to report?
    Have a great weekend EHD team. xox

  16. This is going to be amazing! Can you share the source for where you ordered your “block” from?? I’ve thought about DIY’ing this too, but always got stuck on the effort it would take to carve my own block or do my own linocut. Didn’t even think about having this part done by a pro (insert face palm emoji here).

    1. Etsy has a TON of great options, and it’s where I sourced mine! You can also try to carve your own or even use something like a Cricut to make one, I’m just not quite so crafty or have a Cricut machine.

  17. Just fwiw, RIT dye is not a great choice. I’m not a fiber artist but was raised by one so while I can’t offer specific suggestions for alternatives I know there are better, safer, more reliable dye products available. Maybe that would be a good post in and of itself!

    1. im not an expert either but have dyed a few things and my lesson learned is that you have to really make sure the material you’re using works with the dye type. I once dyed a 100% cotton shirt but it turns out the thread used was probably some polyester mix and didn’t take the dye! So do a sample (including the thread used in the seams!)

  18. I would love to know the source for the black/white stripe bamboo shades in Jenni Yolo’s dining nook. Thank you!

  19. You read my mind because I’m hoping to do the very same thing with my white ikea curtains. Please do it and teach me the steps! I’ll do it right behind you!

  20. Oh no, is Swiss coffee a bad wall color? I am a few days away from having my painters paint my kitchen cabinets and walls in this. I love bright white but this house doesn’t get much natural sunlight and I worry that true white will look sad without the light?! Help!
    love the patterned curtains!

    1. Shea McGee painted all her walls BM Swiss Coffee (at 75% strength) in the McGee house. Her kitchen cabinets are BM Creamy White in Matte.

      1. Thank you for replying! I was thinking it would be pretty and feel better here than a true white, but then got worried, lol!

    2. Colors look SO different depending on the home. In MY house, it’s bright white but just feels a little lifeless. I prefer a slightly warmer white (my favorite is Benjamin Moore’s White Dove) but it all depends on the kind of light you get, what colors reflect in from outside, etc. If you tested it and like it, go for it!

      1. Thank you for sharing! That’s what I was thinking about bright white in this house that doesn’t really have enough natural light. Fingers crossed!

  21. That inspo image is a Penny Morrison fabric (Kalindi) Arlyn. I have it in a cafe curtain and LOVE it!

  22. As I read this, I’m looking at three diaper boxes and piles of unhung art. I’m glad it’s universal.

  23. Dear Arlyn,
    I think you will regret trying to print these curtains. You do not have the huge table space to accommodate the large panels or a way to adhere them to the table so that the fabric does not shift. There is not an easy way to keep the patterns aligned and in registration. Even if you wash the panels first, there may be a residual stain repellent treatment that would make it difficult to dye or print the fabric. In short, after trying to add pattern to one panel, I think you will throw in the towel! Make some pillows or other accessories in a print you love to add pattern to the room. Here’s a link to the new Echo Retreat designs at Calico–some of these that have the look you like:
    Echo – Calico (

    I work for Calico, and a much easier way to add visual interest to your basic white drapery panels is to add a great decorative tape in blue/white to the center leading edge of each panel. Here is a link to some of the tape selections at Calico: Decorative Tapes | Decorative Trim Tape | Calico (
    And here is a link to the Calico Window Treatment e-catalog that will show you close-ups of a drapery panel with decorative tape applied: Calico – Custom Window Treatment (

    You could also have the tape turn 90-degrees at the bottom (miter the tape) and run parallel to the hem, if you wish to see more of the tape. Most customers have us inset the tape about an inch from the edge or the hem–but that decision is up to you. The tape could be machine-stitched or hand-stitched to your drapery panel, which is what a custom workroom would do. I think a decorative tape would be too heavy for an iron-on product like Stitch Witchery. I’m not sure that a fabric glue would work very well. Calico is happy to send swatch samples of tapes to you at no charge–you can order in store or online. Calico has 60+ retail stores across the country. Good luck!

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