The 1920s brought an embrace of all things machine and industrial. The beginnings of the modernist design period emerged during this era with an emphasis on form following function. Art deco manifested this sensibility with bold colours, high contrast and sleek, clean lines. In addition to wood, lacquered finishes and chrome, mirrored or glass and metal furniture work well in a 1920s inspired bedroom.
If you have pergo or hardwood flooring, leave it bare. The 1920s art deco style uses plenty of wood, especially in geometric patterns. Chevrons, diamonds and, occasionally, arches are appropriate. Wall-to-wall carpet was common as were Persian or Turkish rugs with geometric shapes. For a glamorous vintage touch, look for a small zebra pattern accent rug. If you want a high contrast look, go for a bold-coloured carpet. Some ocean liners even used black, which was a common trim colour in the '20s.
Art deco reacted against art nouveau's use of pastels and focused on high contrast colours. If you want to stick with a more peaceful room, you can go with a sea green or deep blue. Cream or silver and black is classic 1920s Hollywood, and you can also go with burnt orange or reds. Chocolate brown, hot pink, pure white and ultramarine are also classic art deco colours. Remember to keep baseboard trim and crown moulding in a deep accent colour to accentuate the room's geometry.
Look for glossy finish paint or wallpaper for a '20s look. Wallpaper was very common, and bold vertical stripes and Egyptian motifs reigned. If you want a '20s Hollywood look, use light creams and tea stained hues for your main colours accented with gold and silver. Despite geometric designs dominating art deco, art deco style floral motifs were in use, so that works if you're looking for a feminine touch.
Furniture and Accents
The 1920s bedroom furniture featured straight, clean lines with occasional curves and little ornamentation, compared to rococo or art nouveau designs. The edges of a dresser might be curved, for instance, but the surfaces were smooth and simple. Sunburst headboards were common, with corona rays in a wooden design or upholstered board in a shimmery fabric. Varnished wood in chevrons or geometric patterns were favourites, especially in exotic timbers like mahogany or ebony. Glass and chrome furniture or accents like drawer pulls added a bit of glamour. You can also use lacquered furniture, especially in black, light yellow or deep red.
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