June 21, 2013
The 1920's were a time of great creative energy when decorative styles emerged to bridge the gap between Victorian furnishings and the sleek symmetry of the Art Deco Period. The range available then was not unlike the classic look of beautiful hardwood floors such as those in Anderson's Urban Loft collection, which work well in both contemporary and traditional decor.
Coinciding with Art Deco were the elaborate embellishments of the Beaux Arts style and natural curves of Art Nouveau. All of that combined in a time when fringes and feathers became popular on flapper dresses, chic fabrics were used for the first time in menswear and tasseled curtains, glittering crystal fixtures, and beveled mirrors were used as home accessories.
Today, such flourishes are often in the form of collectibles handed down carefully through families or as serendipitous finds at flea markets and second-hand shops. Modern homeowners can indulge their favorite look from the Flapper Age in a variety of ways. If they lean toward Beaux Arts, for instance, they can exhibit that style with gilded gold frames or elaborate candlesticks.
According to Houzz.com, many of the styles that became popular in the Roaring Twenties still inspire designers today. Perhaps the most popular is Art Deco, characterized by black and white color schemes accented with metallics and deep hues like burgundy and pinstripe patterns.
Modern use of Art Deco
Nearly 100 years later, when the fussiness of Victorian and Beaux Arts decor have faded for most home decorators, Art Deco still represents the ultimate in sophisticated taste. For homeowners who like a streamlined, geometric look in their furnishings, this style is a good choice for their home design.
The major design elements include zigzag and step patterns, sweeping curves and sunburst shapes. Inlaid wood, aluminum, lacquer and stainless steel are some of the materials that can be integrated into modern room design. The ultimate tie-in to a contemporary home would be a series of framed black-and-white photos framed displayed as a wall gallery.
What saves these hard-edged design lines from seeming too austere are coffee tables in oval shapes and comfortable upholstered seating with curved arms and backs. One of the mainstays of modern furnishings, the club chair, got its start in the Art Deco era and remains one of the most versatile chair styles for home decor. Cabinets, often in beautiful wood tones, also became popular then and certainly fit the current need for attractive storage furniture.