The 1920s were a celebrated time in America. Generally speaking, it was a time when people were trying to figure out how to live better lives in all aspects. This period saw the birth of the Art Deco aesthetic, the rise of modern medicine, the invention of the automobile, and the beginning of the Great Depression.
As far as home life, this transitional period encompassed Victorian and Modern design elements. There was still the elegant and ornate curvature alongside more simple motifs.
Many people with old houses try to recreate the vibe of this era, but what if you live in a new build or apartment? If you want to add some 1920s style to your home (even if it was built in the last forty years), decorate with these ideas in mind.
1Incorporate antiques or vintage items.
To give your home an authentic 1920s style, add antiques from that era. This might include:
- Wood furniture
- Slag glass lamps
- Persian area rugs
- Statement gold mirrors
- Velvet or patterned upholstery
To make your house look more charming and vintage-inspired, decorating it with antique and vintage items (or Art Deco reproductions if needed) is essential. You’ll find unique antiques online or at thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales, antique shops, and antique malls.
2Paint the walls or install Art Deco wallpaper.
If you want to make your house look like it came straight out of the 1920s, paint the walls in a historical color. You can use almost any color, but Art Deco tones tend to be jewel-toned and saturated. Avoid bright, modern colors because they might not work well with the rest of your decor.
If you have even more energy to spare, consider adding period wallpaper. Fortunately, wallpaper comes in many 1920s-style designs with the added benefit of being easy to remove. To minimize the investment, add wallpaper to small areas like a powder room or just the upper walls in the dining room.
3Embrace natural wood tones.
The Victorian era embraced natural wood tones, and that sentiment was not lost on the next generation. In the 1920s, wood floors were popular, with other, more minimal wood accents throughout the home. If you can, consider exposing and refinishing or installing wood flooring to add character and warmth to your home. If you’re stuck with wall-to-wall carpeting, consider adding more natural wood furniture.
4Install a real or faux fireplace.
A fireplace adds warmth and ambiance to any room. They also provide an easy way to heat rooms during cold weather. To add a fireplace from scratch, you or a professional can install a chimney liner, a fireproof material that fits inside the chimney. Then, you’ll need to build a hearth using bricks, stones, or other materials. Finally, install a flue pipe to direct smoke from the chimney.
This entire project is costly, which is why many homeowners in the 1920s added faux fireplaces to their homes. You can salvage vintage mantles and then decorate them with fairy lights, electronic candles, and anything else that adds ambiance. More importantly, a faux fireplace adds an elegant focal point to the living room—much better than just a large flatscreen.