I struggled to find mid-century modern curtains, drapes and rods for my 1960s house. Stores seems to think everyone wants busy (or boring) patterns instead of clean lines.
Finally, after many hours of research and online shopping, I tracked down coverings for all of my windows.
And now I hope you don’t have to spend so much time. 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. But online stores don’t often use these phrases.
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 back. This gives them a pleated look, rather than the rod pocket style that gives curtains a more old-fashioned, scrunched-up look.
- Search by Fabric: Tweed, Wool, Linen
Curtains in these fabrics usually have a modern look and feel.
- Search by Pattern: Starburst, Atomic, Abstract, Geometric, Rounded Squares, Moroccan, Overlapping Circles
Curtains with pretty shapes and geometric patterns work well in modern homes. 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 tend to fit right into a mid-century home.
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 Curtains
Faux Linen Panel Available Here
Blackout Panels Available Here
Turquoise Tweed Curtains
Here are the orange curtains in another color—the turquoise that I use throughout my house. I like the contrast of the turquoise against the wood paneling in my family room.
More Turquoise Curtains
Thermal Insulated Set Available Here
Retro Turquoise Set Available Here
Blackout Panel Available Here
Yellow Mid-Century Modern Curtains
Originally from West Elm
I need more of this cheerful yellow in my house. These etched grid curtains are a room highlight in my basement guest room. The material is smooth cotton with a modern grid print.
More Yellow Curtains
Geometric Set Available Here
Velvet Set Available Here
Retro Yellow Set Available Here
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!
More Starburst and Geometric Curtains
Starburst Curtains Available Here
Starburst Clock Curtains Available Here
Honeycomb Set Available Here
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
Velvet Set Available Here
Geometric Set Available Here
Linen Look Set Available Here
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.
Nickel Rod Available Here
Nickel Curtain Clips Available Here
Warm Gold Rod Available Here
Warm Gold Curtain Clips Available Here
Black Curtain Rod Available Here
Double Curtain Rods Available Here
Finding Mid-Century Modern Curtains and Drapes
I hope this guide helps you find the right curtains for your mid-mod home.
You might also want to try the DIY route with a special fabric like this simple window valance.
Good luck in your curtain search!
15 thoughts on “How to Find Mid-Century Modern Curtains”
You did a fantastic job on finding “just the right” drapes/curtains for all your windows. They all look like they “belong” in your 1960’s home! Reading this brought back the memories of when we were doing the window treatments for our modern home in Aoha. We had the tweed drapes in our living room/dining room in the olive green/gold colors that were so popular at that time..(this is the same house with the grass cloth wall covering and louvered doors.) We had blue tweed drapes in the master bedroom. I also remember some brown tweeds and orange tweed I believe were in the boys rooms.
Thanks, Judy! I bet it looked great! I love orange curtains. 🙂
Where did you get the yellow ones from?
Hi Cera, the yellow curtains came from West Elm. It looks like they are no longer available, but maybe you can find them on eBay. They were called “Mid-Century Cotton Canvas Etched Grid Curtains” in Horseradish color.
Where were your orange ones purchased? thx!
Hi Abbie! They are from Overstock. It looks like the orange ones might be out of stock right now but Overstock has an off white “ginger” version available at the moment. Hopefully the orange will come back soon. 🙂
Update: It looks like the orange is back in stock if you click the “get them here” link in the orange tweed curtains section above. 🙂
Tara I’mlooking for orange living room drapes with a matching valance…rod pcket…
There might be some good options on Etsy like these ones: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1157089483/solid-gold-valances-panels-cafe-curtains
I love these orange tweed curtains, but I worry about them being so short. These days you see the longer the better. Are short curtains still in??
I like them for a mid-century or ranch house because we have these short, wide windows. Short curtains look great with the wider windows. 😊
Would you be able to send me more pictures of the orange and jadeite curtains you have in your home? I’m trying to redecorate my living room, but am not one to choose bold colors like those. I’m considering taking the risk, but would like to see what they look like in an actual home before choosing a color.
I have a few more pics of the orange curtains in my office here:
They are a strong retro color. So I pair them with more neutral/taupe walls, and lots of white accessories for a modern look.
There are a few pics of my jadite curtains at the bottom of the article here:
I have them in my wood-panelled basement and it’s hard to get the lighting right. I think the pic I took of the jadite curtains above (with the wood wall) is a better match of the actual color. They are somewhat dark, faded turquoise. Definitely less loud than the orange! But I love both colors. I have orange and turquoise all over my house.
If you are nervous about using bold colors, the turquoise is probably a better choice. 😊
Don’t normally comment, but thank you so much for this. It helped SO much when picking out curtains for my apartment. I even ordered those persimmons tweed curtains you linked on Overstock. Thank you again! Def bookmarking your blog. 🙂
Thanks, Stephanie! That’s so nice to hear. I’m glad you found the perfect curtains for your home. I’ve had my persimmon curtains for several years now and still love them!