Let's Take a Vote: Dining Room Curtains

It seems I can’t stick with one project long enough to finish it lately, and last night was no exception!   I completely ignored the photo-less white picture frames waiting for a home, and the half-written post on our trip to Eureka Springs and moved on to… DINING ROOM CURTAINS!

This photo was from our DIY faux beam project, but shows very clearly our lack of dining room window treatments.  I’ve actually been looking for fabric to make dining room curtains for awhile – my only issue was that I didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg for it.

Fast forward to last night, when I found myself with this dilemma.

You will have to use your imagination a bit, but check out our two new curtain options!

The curtain on the left is a green and white floral print – actually a flat sheet I found at a bargain store last night – that cost a whopping $10 for the set.  The one on the right is a natural colored painter’s drop cloth that cost $10 at Lowe’s (so $20 for a pair).

If I went with these, I’d probably add some coordinating thick ribbon along the inside edge and bottom to liven them up a bit.  Something like this …

I’m a visual person, so of course I had to tack these babies up and then take a million pictures to analyze!

Needless to say I’m a little bit torn – bright and floral vs neutral and textured (with a bit of colored ribbon edging)?… I think there are pros and cons of each, but I’d love to hear which one you’d choose!

For your info, here’s a look at the prints I have on one wall of the dining room.

The other side is open to our kitchen, which is currently very neutral with white cabinets, tan counters, and mostly stainless appliances (and it’s a mess!).  I’d like to use the same fabric I choose for the dining room curtains to make a roman shade for our kitchen window.

(In case you were wondering, our dining room walls *are* a different color than our kitchen walls.  They are a shade darker brown, which I think keeps the kitchen light and bright and makes the dining room a bit more moody and intimate.)

So, I need your help.  Which would you choose?  If we can make a decision on these babies soon, I may have before and afters for you by the weekend!  (oooh what did I just promise myself into….)

I’m linking up to:

Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest

Remodelaholic’s Anonymous Meeting

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch

The DIY Project Parade

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