From Modernism came all manner of design schools: futurism, vorticism, cubism, surrealism… Many of these artistic movements still have an influence today, and they definitely had an impact on two of the main design styles of the 1930s: Art Nouveau and Art Deco. In fact, the decade offers a plethora of home decor options, so why not tap into the spirit of the era with these 1930s design ideas.
Sofas and Chairs
Furniture is your first port of call when creating a 1930s theme in your home, and Art Deco sofas and chairs, with their distinctive, boxy appearance, are an ideal place to start. Consider choosing pieces made with leather, as it is a timeless material and will age well. Art Deco tables and cabinets are also a great option if you really want to make an impact in a room.
Lamps and Light Fixtures
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby may have been written in 1925, but its influence lasted well into the 30s. Indeed, many 1920s/30s styles overlap, especially as Modernism and its various schools held strong until well after the Second World War. A quick and easy way to bring the glamour of the age into your home is to add some distinctive lamps and light fixtures.
Most homes should have mirrors anyway as they reflect light and can help make rooms seem more expansive. Mirrors are also a fantastic way of getting all sorts of design styles into your home, as their frames and shapes can be made to fit any particular room’s theme. For example, it is entirely possible to have an Art Deco room with an Art Nouveau mirror without the styles clashing.
The 30s were a great time for graphic design. Before the First World War, advertising was generally quite plain. But come the 1920s and 1930s, with colour prints becoming easier to mass produce, a new era was ushered in for graphic designers and artists, allowing them really display their talents. Reproduction posters are a great way of injecting the mood of the decade into your living room.
Bold Colour Schemes
The new wave of graphic design and advertising in the 1920s and 30s had a huge impact on interiors design. This meant that bright, bold, unusual colour combinations began to be used in ways that even nowadays seem a little ‘outside the box’. The kitchen in the picture below is one such example of this trend.
With all the cubist and constructivist influences around in the 1930s, it is no coincidence that geometric wallpaper patterns abounded. And considering that intriguing geometric patterns are all the rage today, 1930s-inspired wallpaper is perfect for anyone wanting to keep trendy yet classic at the same time.
A Mix of Old and New
It is surprising just how much 1930s art and design has influenced the way we decorate interiors today. The key to successfully achieving a 1930s design feel in your modern home is to carefully mix the old and the new. You don’t want to have so little of the 1930s style added that no one notices, but then you don’t want to live in a pre-war time capsule either. Carefully considered additions to a room, whether the focus is on decor or on furnishings, should be enough to create the look you’re after.