With homes and flats built in the Thirties becoming ever more popular, people with period properties no longer have just bay windows and ornate connecting to compete with. Strong yet stylish, reasonably priced yet architecturally intriguing, the low ceilings, Crittall windows, curved corners, and’attribute’ fireplaces of the Thirties builds pose a special set of decorating issues.
Can you work around original attributes, or do what you can to disguise them? To keep things contemporary without producing a museum setting, the secret is to select pieces that are motivated by, or match, the shapes and materials of the age. Mirrored surfaces, chrome, leather, and wood are all the period of time, but gloss lacquer, spray-painted aluminum, shiny vinyl, and contemporary flooring work well in a Thirties context.
Finally, be courageous and combine geometrics and florals – they are a winning combination. Here are our best design ideas for Thirties-inspired decorating: A neutral plot with monochrome accents suits an Art Deco setting. Echo the window paint and lines up to dado height at a richer color to add depth and create a backdrop.
Allow powerful, decorative pieces to stick out in silhouette. Mix period seats and Art Deco-style background with contemporary design for an eclectic look that highlights the characteristics of a Thirties space. Echo the architectural lines of a Thirties staircase with blocks of color, and use smart wall art, such as this coat stand, to perform tradition.
Paint a roll-top bath in a Thirties green, then group with contemporary accessories to create a traditional scheme with a modern twist. Strike the perfect note in a huge bathroom with a stunning deco motif background.