Thursday, 8 November 2012

1920s Downton Style

Our followers can't get enough of our Downton design ideas and this time we're looking at 1920s Downton Abbey which has resulted in a revived interest in the clothes and d├ęcor of the decadent roaring 20s.

This is post war Europe, a time to forget the horrors of the past and look to a bright future.  It’s the time when interior design as a profession really came into being as the royals, the rich and the extravagant hired creative and often over the top personalities to design their homes.

Bauhaus was making an impact and art deco became the new style for the sophisticated.

The traditional had to make way for a new style of geometric and angular shapes.  Chrome and glass replaced walnut and rosewood, while contemporary images of cruise liners and skyscrapers ousted the gothic ornate bust and sombre family prints.

Safaris and travel to exotic destinations were also popular and so people were keen to inject some exotic touches from the travels into their home.

Flooring would have probably been polished parquet or lino in the black and white chequerboard design.  These would then be overlaid with large rugs, often circular, featuring a geometric or abstract pattern.

Walls would have been quite plain and glossy and metallic fabrics would complement the chrome and glass furniture.  Accessories were kept to a minimum with one or two very strong pieces rather than the clutter so beloved of the Victorians.

It’s a look that still works well today and it’s easy to recreate it in your own home.  Here are some of our favourite pieces:

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  3. Cushion from
  4. 1920s mirror from
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  6. Circular rug from

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