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New Old Trend: 10 Fresh Examples of Sink Skirts and Cabinet Curtains

Google “sink skirt” and you’ll likely encounter some pretty unappealing images: lots of floral fabrics and garish patterns and dramatic full flairs. Actually, don’t. Instead, check out our inspiring roundup of tasteful sink skirts and cabinet curtains that feel charming and fresh, not old-fashioned. The key to is to stick to one (or all) of these rules: Choose a neutral shade (or modern print), lose the pleats, and keep the length short enough so that the skirt doesn’t puddle on the floor.

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Above: A DIY under-counter curtain softens the otherwise hard-edged space. See Steal This Look: A Rustic Modern Kitchen in the Netherlands. Photograph by Anna de Leeuw, courtesy of Jan de Jong Interieur.
C.S. Valentin Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Apartment Jonathan Hökklo
Above: Designer C. S. Valentin pinned a piece of graphic fabric to a cork countertop (repurposed from an Ikea Sinnerlig table) in his rental apartment. See At Home with C. S. Valentin: French Eclecticism in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Photograph by Jonathan Hokklo, styling by Alexa Hotz for Remodelista.
Hampstead Kitchen Sink Skirt by Mark Lewis, Photograph by Rory Gardiner
Above: An under-counter curtain made from vintage linen looks perfectly at home in this rustic Mark Lewis–designed kitchen in Hampstead, London. Photograph by Rory Gardiner.
Turkish towels repurposed as curtains hide kitchen essentials in this vintage camper. See The Ultimate Backyard Guest Retreat, Sixties Camper Edition. Photograph by Laura Dart for J. Wes Yoder.
Above: Turkish towels repurposed as curtains hide kitchen essentials in this vintage camper. See The Ultimate Backyard Guest Retreat, Sixties Camper Edition. Photograph by Laura Dart for J. Wes Yoder.
Bar at McKinley Bungalow in Montauk
Above: A white curtain panel blends seamlessly into this dining-room bar. See Vintage Summer: A Seventies-Style Shopable Airbnb in Montauk. Photograph by Nicole Franzen.
Bathroom and hall at Las Encinas, a rental house at Casa del Naval, Spain.
Above: A blue-striped sink skirt balances out the hard lines of the stone counter. See Home on the Hacienda: A Rustic-Luxe Mountain Rental in the Sierra de Gredos of Spain. Photograph courtesy of Casas del Naval.
Sandeep Salter Picture Room Brooklyn Heights House Photo by Jonathan Pilkington Styling Alexa Hotz
Above: In a tiny kitchen, a sink skirt creates another storage area to conceal cooking tools. See A Modern Fairy Tale Told in 800 Square Feet: Sandeep Salter’s Family Apartment. Photograph by Jonathan Pilkington, styling by Alexa Hotz for Remodelista.
1934 Mare Street London Abel Sloane and Ruby Woodhouse
Above: A checkerboard curtain and oversized round wood knobs reference Shaker design without being literal. See A Vintage-Inspired Apartment in Hackney from Abel Sloane and Ruby Woodhouse of 1934. Photograph by Ruby Woodhouse, courtesy of 1934.
Standard Ikea cabinet doors were taken off and replaced with simple tea towels for more character. See Done/Undone with Clarisse Demory in Paris. Photograph by Natalie Weiss for Remodelista.
Above: Standard Ikea cabinet doors were taken off and replaced with simple tea towels for more character. See Done/Undone with Clarisse Demory in Paris. Photograph by Natalie Weiss for Remodelista.
A Remodelista favorite, Elizabeth Roberts had a sink skirt sewn from a vintage Guatemalan textile for her beach house. See Elizabeth Roberts at Home: The Architect’s Own Beach House in Bellport, NY. Photography by Dustin Aksland and Eric Striffler, courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts.
Above: A Remodelista favorite, Elizabeth Roberts had a sink skirt sewn from a vintage Guatemalan textile for her beach house. See Elizabeth Roberts at Home: The Architect’s Own Beach House in Bellport, NY. Photography by Dustin Aksland and Eric Striffler, courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts.

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