40s Retro Curtains

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40s Retro Curtains
Hollywood glamour is one design choice for a 1940s home decor. (George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images)

Decorating a room or home with a 1940s room decor creates the nostalgic look of a simpler time or Hollywood glamour. The curtains and drapes in an interior style accent the room and add detail to the design choices. Selecting the right fabrics, colours and styles provide the detail in the room that enhances the 1940s flavour. The curtains add a bright and sunny look in a home's interior.

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Colours and Designs

White curtains give rooms a bright and sunny appearance in the kitchen, living room or bedroom. Delicate floral designs or fruit patterns also work well in a 1940s room decor. Tropical patterns or large designs also create a dramatic appearance in the 1940s rooms. Bright and vibrant colours also add to the bright and cheerful decor in the 40s. While the furnishings in the retro style are dark and heavy, the curtains lighten the appearance of the room.


To create an authentic 1940s room decor, choose vintage curtains made of barkcloth with bold tropical designs. Chintz, lace and handkerchief cotton are additional nostalgic fabrics that fit well with a 40s decorating style. Homeowners can create kitchen curtains with nostalgic print dish towels for an authentic look. Oiled silk and cellophane curtains are additional materials to use in a retro room.


Tasselled tiebacks or modern curtain accessories designed in the shape of plaster hands create an interesting decor in the 1940s room. Tiebacks designed in the shape of birds or made of glass are retro choices for the curtain styles in the room. Glass tiebacks coordinate well with glass knobs in a 1940s kitchen decor. Cording adds colour and texture to the curtain styles as well. Gold tassels and cord give the 1940s a touch of glamour in a room's interior design.

Hollywood Glamor

Hollywood glamour is an interior design style that became popular in the 1940s and 1950s. Modern designs, bright shades of pink and sumptuous fabrics add to the lavish style of 1940s Hollywood decor. Choose velvet curtains for an elegant and extravagant appearance in the curtain decor. Homeowners can also choose sheer fabrics to create a sensual Hollywood look with the window treatments in a bedroom or living room.

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