French Cafe Curtains

If you love nothing more than whiling away an afternoon people watching outside a Left Bank Parisian café, this interiors trend is for you. The French café curtain trend has been spotted all over Instagram of late, bringing a pretty, postcard-worthy and je ne sais quoi vibe to your window space. Read on for everything you need to know, from the British brands going it well to how easily it can be achieved.

Everything you need to know about café curtains in the home…

How easy are they to fit?

Super easy. Loads of brands like East London Cloth  and high street stores like Wayfair have easy-to-assemble rods that can be fitted into the middle space of a window, fixed with a bracket and ready to hang. It’s also a great way to add a personal touch to rented properties without spending too much money or investing in something you can’t take elsewhere. 

What’s the cost?

A café curtain is far cheaper to install than full length drapes given that it only covers half of the window. Price points naturally range depending on the quality of the fabric and any finer detailing like embroidery, but H&M do great options for under £20.


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East London Cloth

Where do they work best?

We love them in a kitchen, especially in a window over a sink to let in pools of light when you’re prepping for dinner or washing up. Equally, they are lovely in a bathroom, again, for lots of added light but some well placed privacy too. 

As the trend has grown in the home, we’re also seeing them on wider spaces like beautiful period bay windows, which can add a rustic feel to a sitting room. 

Which brands are doing café curtains well?

Top of the wish list has to be East London Cloth and their collaboration with embroidery artist Cressida Jamieson. The fine linen designs can be hand embroidered with anything from initials, whilst the beautiful, fluid cornsilk options are so chic in their simplicity. 

DeVOL also do great options in soft crumpled linen which works particularly well in a traditional kitchen. Whilst on the high street, you can’t beat H&M for affordability.


For more home inspiration, check out our round-up of 2023’s top interiors trends. 


East London Cloth's collaboration with Cressida Jamieson will add a rustic, personal charm to your windrows. Their café curtains can be hand embroidered with initials or left simple and chic in beautiful, fluid cornsilk.

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DeVOL do great options in soft crumpled linen which works particularly well in a traditional kitchen.

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