Living room decoration: 1930s style

Updated February 21, 2017

The '30s was the time of the Great Depression, yet notable art and architecture emerged during this time. Modernism and art deco surfaced, along with mock-Tudor designs. Living rooms based on the modern trend had streamlined furniture, often made of tubular steel. Art on the walls commonly featured geometric designs. Tables held sleek animal figurines, often a panther. Those who preferred a warm look, frequently turned to a mock-Tudor design that featured living rooms with half-timbered ceilings and long-wearing furniture upholstered in floral fabrics in dark colours that did not show dirt.


The living room suite was introduced during the 1930s. Living rooms typically had a two- or three-seat settee and a couple of chairs. A lounge chair and ottoman were often included. Furniture was commonly upholstered in mohair or velvet.


Fireplaces were typically surrounded by plain, speckled tiles. Brass wall sconces and lamps were the norm. Tough linoleum flooring was common, as were dirt-hiding patterned floral carpets. The touch economic times called for furnishings that were not terribly expensive, yet would last a long time. A Bakelite radio and telephone were commonly found in living rooms.

Colours and prints

Colour schemes during the '30s included using a combination of peach, mustard yellow, gold, muted greens and shades of brown. A combination of pale blue, pink, beige and brown was another typical colour scheme used. Popular choices for patterns included floral prints and geometric designs.

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