Bringin’ back the 20s, Home Flair style
/ March 23rd, 2022 / There are currently 0 comments
Ah, the 1920s! The decade that graced us with a truly timeless look, and a popular go-to for modern day themed events and fancy dress. When we think about the roaring 20s, our minds revert to eccentric feathered headbands and racy, sequin-covered flapper dresses coated in beads, swinging to the sound of Jazz music from the bodies of tall and lanky Twiggy-like figures, with seemingly never-ending legs.
Despite the German emergence of Bauhaus and its associated modern architectural approach, 1920s UK home interior remained elegant, sophisticated and heavily art-deco inspired. If anything, the 20s were able to combine the best of both worlds; with its dramatic embellishment, over exaggerated Gatsby-designs and a subtle futuristic undertone in the latter half of the decade.
Why are we starting with the 20s?
Well, it wouldnt be inaccurate to refer to the 1920s as the birth era of home interior design, or at least as we know it. The decade is commonly known and referred to as the roaring 20s, and it isnt without good reason.
With WW1 drawing to a close in 1918, economies began to recover and societies began to rebuild as a result. Characterised by dramatic social and political change, the Western world was prospering and much more affluent, with a strong sense of liberalism and increasing consumerism. But it didnt stop there said consumers took a more vested interest in the emerging mass culture, particularly music and the arts.
The growing enthusiasm for arts and design, amongst an audience with flourishing disposable incomes, paved the way for establishing interior design as a recognised occupation.
How can I bring back the 20s in my home?
Want a 20s-inspired home? We dont blame you! According to Home Flair Decors team of interior experts, here are the top 5 quick-wins to take your home back in time…
1. Statement Suite
Find a statement chair or sofa, a typically noble and grandiose centre of attention, perhaps of velvet or Chesterfield style. Be dramatic and push your boundaries, but in keeping with the Bauhaus undertone, keep its surroundings a little easier on the eye.
2. 1920’s wallpaper
On that note, to achieve a truly 20s-inspired home interior, you must let your furniture do the talking! However, when it comes to 20s decor, theres a fine line between classy and cluttered so how do you strike a balance, I hear you ask?! The Home Flair Decor team believe the secret here lies in your wallpaper. Keep it simple and avoid boisterous patterns. To achieve this, wed recommend simple, textured paintable wallpaper to keep an element of interest, or plain wallpaper that consists of a single, subtle colour. Browns, vanilla creams and beiges are a great way to achieve that timeless look and keep your furnishings a focal point.
However, if youre not one to hold back and want to push the boat out with your 1920s inspired decor, wed recommend delving into one of the most favourable patterns of the decade damask.
These decadent patterns give a stunning impact and when toned right will still allow your furniture to shine through, these can even be found in the nouveau style for time ser accuracy.
3. Load it with lamps
Lavish lamps, everywhere! Mix and match; fill the room with antique brass wall lamps, vintage lampshades on every table and standing lamps with long glass beading or metal chain embellishments. The more dramatic the better; Tiffany styled stained glass, mosaic and fringed hems there really is no limit when it comes to lighting your 20s-inspired room.
4. Exotic styles
To help you achieve that lavish, luxurious vibe of the 20s, take furnishing inspiration from far flung foreign territories such as Asia, the Orient and India. These countries have a deep and rich heritage when it comes to design, material tapestry and wooden handicraft. So much so that once upon a day, their goods were so expensive to produce and import, that they were a solid indication of someones wealth.
5. Statement lighting
No 1920s room would be complete without statement lighting. What would typically consist of a noble and flashy, definitely expensive chandelier can now be tastefully mimicked in the form of clear droplet pendant lighting.
Youre in luck! Home Flair Decor stock a wide range of pendants in a vast array of colours, size and style, to suit any 1920s inspired room.
1920s Interior Advice
Not sure how to tackle your 20s theme? Get in touch with an interior expert from Home Flair Decor today on 0161 729 1686.