Style and Color:
Art Deco curtains are distinctive and will always stand out. However, there are lots of Art Deco colors and styles, each of which will lend a different type of flair to a space. Per Katie Ridder, if you want a traditional 1920s-style Art Deco theme, navy blue and gold are the two main colors you should opt for. Not only is this combination classic and stylish, but it will also lend dimension to a room due to the contrast of dark navy and shimmering gold. Another very popular style for Art Deco curtains is black and white or black and cream. More understated but never dull, this color combination is best if you prefer a neutral color scheme or have bright furniture and want to create a balance.
Size and Length:
Different lengths of curtains will suit different rooms and windows. For example, as stated by Corey Damen Jenkins, a small window will be overwhelmed by long and heavy curtains. In this situation, it's best to go with curtains that end 10-15 inches below the edge of your window or windowsill, if applicable. Having unbalanced curtains will make a room appear heavier as well as overshadow the design of your curtains. If you have a large bay window, consider whether you need to tie up the curtains or not. A simple thin tie cord can help let more natural light into a dark room, and you'll still be able to see the Art Deco pattern of your curtains clearly.
There are many patterns that are recognizable as Art Deco patterns, including iconic chevrons, sunbursts, triangular and geometric shapes, and zigzags. All these patterns will lend your home an artsy vibe, but some are easier to pair with other designs than others. Leyden Lewis states that geometric or chevron curtains are a good starting point, as geometric designs allow for a certain amount of clashing due to the different shapes used. Though some more out-there patterns like wildlife designs were a big part of Art Deco design, they can easily overwhelm a smaller room. Bolder patterns will look great in a room with high ceilings and plenty of wall space, but it's best to stick to more muted designs for small or narrow areas.
Material and Maintenance:
A large majority of Art Deco curtains are made of polyester or a polyester and cotton blend. Polyester is a good material choice as it's easy to clean and isn't expensive to purchase. To clean curtains, you simply need a vacuum, a steamer for regular maintenance, warm water, and a cloth for removing stains. Do not wash your curtains with regular detergent, as this can make rich colors fade and the dye run. Nicole Fuller recommends looking for curtains that are lined, too. Lined curtains won't let as much light through, meaning they're a good option for a bedroom. Alternatively, sheer curtains are better for dining or living rooms so some natural light can get through and bring airiness to a space.