How to Decorate in World War II Art

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How to Decorate in World War II Art
World War II illustrations are colourful and historic additions to home decor. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

One of the most defining historical events of the 20th century, World War II was a time of national sacrifice and pride. Artwork from this era illustrates the overseas commitment and the hometown involvement and support. Pay homage to this time period by displaying World War II photographs and posters that highlight the very best of this time throughout your home. When you frame and display related images within each space, you tie the home together in a patriotic and artistic way.

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Things you need

  • Black and white posters
  • White matt board
  • Black picture frames
  • WWII illustrations
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Trench art

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    Pick three black and white photographs featuring WWII images of sailors getting tattooed or military personnel meeting families or girlfriends. Frame large prints with white mattes and black frames. Hang the grouping over a sofa in the living room.

  2. 2

    Display illustrated "Buy Bonds" posters on walls in a powder room to provide a colourful palette to coordinate with blue-toned towels and rugs. Frame two illustrations to hang over the towel rack.

  3. 3

    Celebrate the role of women in WWII by hanging the famous "We Can Do It" poster by J. Howard Miller and the Navy recruitment poster "Gee, I Wish I Were a Man" in the kitchen area. The giclee print "The Girl He Left Behind ..." is another illustration poster that would enhance this theme.

  4. 4

    Develop a WWII aeroplane theme in the family room or home office by framing era photographs and illustrations of aeroplanes and bombardiers. Hang images by William Shrout's "Bombardier in B 29 Bombing Raid, Manchuria" or illustrations like the United States Marine Corp poster "Hit Hard and Often".

  5. 5

    Use scenic or romantic black and white photographs from the World War II period to decorate a bedroom. Consider the Andreas Feininger photo titled "Crystalline Lights Surrounding Statue of Liberty During WWII Blackout" and "Couple in Penn Station Sharing Farewell Kiss Before He Ships Off to War" by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Hang over a bureau or chest of drawers.

  6. 6

    Accessorise the main living spaces with World War II trench art. Folk art made usually out of bullets, shells, shrapnel and currency, these historic pieces can be displayed and used as valuable conversation pieces.

Tips and warnings

  • Shop at military antique shops or online auction sites to find authentic trench art or reproduction posters.
  • Avoid displaying the darker images of war. Although a reality of this time period, focus your decor homage to the patriotic spirit of the time so that guests can be comfortable and can appreciate your efforts without feeling anxious.

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