The resurgence of mid-century modern home decor is nothing too new, but stores are still catching up, especially when it comes to window treatments. I struggled to find modern drapes, curtains and rods for my 1960s house.
Stores seem to think everyone wants busy fabric patterns and intricate details on curtain rods. It’s not easy finding clean lines, at least not on a limited budget.
After what felt like hundreds of hours of research and online shopping, I eventually tracked down coverings for all of my windows.
The good news is, you don’t have to spend hundreds of hours. Start with this guide to find mid-century modern curtains and hardware for your home.
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Curtain Shopping Tips
Certain search terms work better than others.
You might naturally start your search phrase with mid-century modern, retro, 1950s or modern and then add the item you’re looking for, like mid-century modern drapes. This works for finding ideas on Pinterest, but online stores usually don’t have these phrases attached to their products.
Instead, try to use terms the stores might use to describe mid-century style items. Here are the search terms that have worked better for me.
- Search by Hanging Style: Back-Tab or Pinch Pleat
Mid-century curtains often have tabs on the backs of the drapes, giving them a pleated look, rather than the rod pocket style that gives curtains a more old-fashioned, scrunched-up look. This is probably the top search strategy I used to find modern curtains.
- Search by Fabric: Tweed, Wool, Linen
Not all modern curtains are tweed, but many tweed curtains are modern. When I found curtains in these fabrics, they usually had a modern look and feel.
- Search by Pattern: Starburst, Atomic, Abstract, Geometric, Rounded Squares, Moroccan, Geometric Circles, Overlapping Circles
With the urban industrial look being popular right now, there are curtains available with pretty shapes and patterns that work well in modern homes. I found good options when I searched for geometric curtains. Moroccan pattern curtains are sometimes elaborate but sometimes more modern with simple overlapping circles.
- Search by Color: Turquoise, Orange, Yellow
Some colors just feel retro, and for me those colors are turquoise, orange and yellow. Drapes and curtains in these colors, especially with a tweed material, tend to fit right into a mid-century home. Try searching for a specific color of drapes to find the modern shade that matches your style.
Mid-Century Modern Curtains
Using the above search terms, I tracked down curtains one pair at a time to treat all of my windows. Some of my curtains are no longer available, so I’ve included links to alternatives.
Here are several ideas to get you started on the curtain hunt!
Orange Tweed Curtains
These are thick, high quality curtains, lined with a flat orange fabric facing outside the house and a modern tweed material facing inside. The mod orange color adds warmth to my home office.
More Orange and Colorful Curtains
Turquoise Tweed Curtains
Here are the orange curtains in another color—the turquoise that I use throughout my house. There are two pairs of these curtains hanging in my basement family room. I like the contrast of the turquoise on the wood paneling. The color is called jadite on Overstock.
More Turquoise Curtains
Yellow Mid-Century Modern Curtains
Originally from West Elm
I need more of this cheerful yellow in my house. These curtains are a room highlight in my basement guest room. The material is a smooth cotton, so it is not actually tweed or textured but has a modern grid print.
More Yellow Curtains
Mid-Century Modern Starburst Curtains
Originally from West Elm
These little darlings hang in my cat-themed guest room. The starbursts give a retro mod feeling to the room. If you find anything with starbursts, snatch it up!
The alternative sheer curtains below have a subtle clover petal pattern etched into them. I need to find a window where I can squeeze them in behind my other curtains because I’m in love.
More Starburst and Geometric Curtains
Gray Wool Back-Tab Curtains
Originally from Overstock
I like the sophisticated look of these heavy wool curtains in dark gray. While most of the rooms in my house have bright colors, the master bedroom has a relaxing taupe and gray color scheme, and these drapes are perfect there.
More Modern Gray Curtains
Modern Curtain Rods
Finding your curtains is only half the battle. Next you have to find the hardware to hang them beautifully.
Curtain rods are hard to find for modern homes since most rods have highly elaborate finials rather than clean lines. I used search terms like brushed nickel, modern and industrial when shopping around.
Eventually I found this brushed nickel curtain rod. I like how sturdy it is. I have one holding up my heavy wool drapes over a 70-inch window with no signs of sagging.
Here are some mid-century style rod options, including the Umbra rod I use.
I hope this helps you on your mission to find mid-century modern curtains and drapes. Good luck in your search!
Find more mid-century modern decor ideas:
- Mid-century guest room with modern cat decor
- How I styled my minimalist master bedroom
- The best light fixtures for a mid-century modern home