Cutest Kitchen Towels & Fabric Tips

Kitchens function best when the room is uncluttered!  Kitchen towels are the perfect way to add a punch of color and still keep the space defined for practical use!  The style and season of a kitchen can be transformed by the simple addition of a new tea towel.  Here are some of my favorite kitchen towels this season and some tips for caring for your kitchen towels and finding the most absorbent towels for your kitchen!

Did you know….

  1. you should never use fabric softener with towels.
  2. linen towels are perfect for decoration.
  3. cotton towels are much more functional than linen towels.
  4. old cotton flour sack towels are very absorbent.
  5. cotton towels become softer and more absorbent with each wash.
  6. you should soak towels in vinegar and then wash prior to using the first time.

-removes the coating manufacturers seem to soak everything in.
-prevents the colors from running.

While I’m totally loving all three of these 100% cotton tea towels from
West Elm, the Scandinavian Tree towel on the far left had
 to have been made with my kitchen in mind!  I’m totally loving it!

Also from West Elm, I think this Kitchen Canister Tea Towels in ivory and black is
totally chic.  I love that their eclectic feel of a perfect mix of vintage and modern!

I am in love with the blues, greens, and yellow Houndstooth in this
modern Linen/Cotton blend Tea Towel from Avrilloreti!
Designed and printed directly onto the fabric, they’re a total work of art by Avril!

This set of 100% cotton dish towels in a coral red, golden yellow,
and light aqua blue featuring hand-drawn patterns
from Lean Duncan is perfect!  Simple.Modern.Love.

I love the vintage style of this Chirps and Chats Anthropologie cotton dish towel
with embroidered and appliqued wrens and doves sip from a dainty tea service!
I love the cheerful, bright colors in these Anthropologie.
Stripes with flowers, leaves, butterflies and scrolling patterns make
it perfect for Spring!  These thick cotton kitchen towels are generously sized and
have a burlap band on one corner for easy hanging and are generously sized!
Also from Anthropologie, this Geo Jacquard Dishtowel set is a
thing of beauty! The colorful angles combined with neutral tones on
this high quality cotton fabric is perfect for Summer.

This whimsical glasses and goblets dish towel from
Crate and Barrel is TOO CUTE!   A combination of freehand
black-ink sketching filled in with color and set on a stark
white background offers a playful, sophisticated style.
Blend of Cotton and Linen.

Also from Crate and Barrel, “Artist Maija Louekari was
inspired by the vintage crocheted potholders of her grandmother.”
Can you stand how cute this is!?  Blend of Cotton and Linen.

I always find very cute tea towels at World Market for an unreal low price.

I’m loving this Applique Teapot Tea Towel with a perfect geometric background
mixed with my favorite shades of blues and yellows on the applique!  The
whimsical Graphic Dot Butterfly Tea Towel is one of my favorites, too!

Oh Little Rabbit sells these Organic cotton flour sack towel that are
screen printed with an original hand drawn Mason Jar, tea cup,
and kitchen appliances prints.   This little shop is
cranking it with tons of adorable screen printed tea towels!
Perfect year-round kitchen towels…and the price is crazy reasonable!

If you’re looking for GREAT highly absorbent towels,
these striped, basketweave kitchen towels are made
of Turkish cotton and are found at Williams Sonoma.


These basic 100% Cotton Floursack towels are very
absorbent and a great price from Simply Smart Living.

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  1. Clarissa Morant says:

    You’re posts are the one I am really looking forward to it as I am planning to buy such a pretty kitchen towels listed in your post above as Stripes with flowers, leaves, butterflies etc

  2. Marie says:

    Such cute towels! Most of mine are plain and simple. I’m going to have to get some brighter towels to cheer up my kitchen now that I’ve seen these.

  3. Bonnie says:

    Love this post! Thank you so much for sharing it!

  4. suzyhomemaker says:

    This is a great post. I love all the examples you gave. All my towels seemed to be stained now and I could really use some new ones.

  5. Debt Free Mommy says:

    I did NOT know this information–thank you!! I recently recieved a gift of hand-knitted dish clothes and I don’t think I’ll ever buy a regular one again. Next time I want towels, I’m going to keep all this info in mind–Pinning. Anyway, can you pretty please link this post to my new linky party, Making Space Monday? I know it’s past Monday now, but it’s open all week. I would just love for my readers, few as they may be right now, to find this.

  6. Sophia Stone says:

    They’re all so beautiful I’m having a hard time picking my favorite! This is a wonderful idea to add a “splash” of color to your kitchen and you can change it up whenever you want.

    O.K., O.K. my fav is the Chirps & Chats. Gotta love that vintage style!

  7. Sarah Carletti says:

    I love tea towels. Eye candy for me!

  8. Seaweed and Raine says:

    Thanks for the tips – I didn’t know about the vinegar thing – but it makes total sense! I now have some new ideas for my next tea towel shopping trip! 🙂

  9. Oh my gosh! I wish I’d come across this when I was looking for decorative towels to use as cafe curtains! These are way cuter than anything I came across. I ended up making my own but I don’t think you can have too many tea towels so I’ll be stopping by West Elm on the way home. Thanks for sharing!

  10. What great tips! I found out the one about fabric softeners a few years back. Since I stopped using it our towels absorb so much better now,

  11. Shannon says:

    That is some serious eye candy!! I didn’t know World Market had tea towels, now I need to go check them out!! Beautiful post!!


  12. I'm Busy Procrastinating says:

    I seem to always be on the hunt for cute towels. In the kitchen, The Mr. or The Teen don’t appreciate the beauty of “certain” towels and the lovely towels end up with food stains or whatever. If only everyone understood which towels are meant for “real use” and which ones are supposed to stay pretty!

  13. AndiWinslow says:

    Beautiful colors and prints andi

  14. SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla says:

    … Thanks for all the useful tips. Tea towels are very colourful!
    Visiting from Show and Tell Friday 🙂

    Greetings from Australia

  15. Tam says:

    Love all the color in the towels! They are so cute that I’m not sure if I would want to risk getting them dirty 🙂

  16. Renewed Upon a Dream says:

    Wow there are some really pretty ones here. My own kitchen towels are boring, I should find a way to spice them up some! 🙂

  17. chateau chic says:

    Thanks for the helpful tips. Last summer I found the cutest tea towels from Anthropologie and use them as little curtains in my kitchen window.
    Mary Alice

  18. Shay says:

    Super cute!