The 1930’s in Britain are most commonly remembered for high unemployment and the severe economic crisis leading to the Depression. However, it wasn’t all misery and poverty. In fact, the standard of living actually rose during this decade compared to previous years.
Inside the home, Art Deco was flourishing and to be in style meant having geometric shapes, striking colours, and animal prints. This era also saw the rise of the three-piece suite and the introduction of a radio in almost every home. Cinema was also a huge influence in most peoples lives, with millions going to the picture houses once or even twice a week to see the first colour films. Think of the iconic scene from The Wizard of Oz from 1939, when Dorothy steps out of her house and the Land of Oz becomes beautifully coloured!
When it comes to flooring, think lino; it’s practical and it can be finished off with a good rug to bring the room together. Opt for a fairly subtle colour scheme, pale greens or pinks, but don’t be afraid to throw in a bright splash to add some character.
For seating, it has to be a three-piece suite, made up of a two- or three-seater couch and two singles. For the armchairs, if you can find a couple of old leather ones, they will add some timeless style to your living room. An open fire always makes a splendid addition to any lounge and to keep it in style with the rest of the interior, decorate it with plain or mottled tiles and opt for a stepped Art Deco profile.
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You can decorate from the floor to the ceiling, but it’s often the accessories that make a room come together as a whole. To get the 1930’s look, keep an eye out for vintage perfume bottles, glassware, ceramics, and, of course, Bakelite. The 1930’s is the Bakelite era, as it was used to make telephones, light switches and radio casings.
Pinterest is the perfect site to visit for ideas and inspirations, but don’t be afraid to scout out some charity shops or boot sales, too. It’ll take some sifting through VHS tapes and old shoes but there might just be some hidden treasures in there.