Short Café Curtains Are Long on Style

You don't often see café curtains in interiors these days, but they used to be everywhere — or at least that's how it seemed when I was a kid. Fortunately, they appear to be inching back on the radar. Lately I've spotted café curtains in the most unlikely settings, from an industrial loft to a contemporary living space. 

There's a lot to love about these classic cropped window treatments. Originally hung in European cafés to screen diners from passersby, they provide a note of softness without the volume of full draperies, and because they cover only part of the panes, they allow light in without sacrificing privacy. Are they for you? Take a look at the ways they're used in these stylish spaces and decide.

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