Diy African Decor. Knowledge is power. And hopefully, after reading this fifth and final part of the series on interior decorating styles you feel empowered to shop with confidence, speak to a decorator or designer, or to attempt your own decorating project on your own. I believe that when a person knows their preferred decorating style it will allow them to proceed with confidence. You’ll notice I say preferred style because I also believe everyone is drawn to more than one decorating style. However, your preferred style should be the one that dictates your decisions concerning big ticket items.
In part five we will conclude the series by taking a peek into the 20th and 21st century.
In the Early 20th century there were a number of revivalist styles, but the 2 styles that were prevalent were Art Deco and Modernism. The term Art Deco was coined in 1925. The style was derived from works from the early 20th century art movements of Cubism, Expressionism, Futurism, and from African and native South American art. Prior to the mid 1920s, Art Deco was characterized by rounded and romantic motifs like garlands and rosebuds, but, during the late 1920s and 30s, those rounded motifs were replaced by abstract and geometric motifs. In a nutshell, Art Deco is best recognized by clean lines and smooth planes in walls, ceilings, and with contrasting colored walls and woodwork and textiles with geometric or bold floral patterns. The furniture was generously upholstered and veneered with fine wood.
The Modernist style of architecture and decoration was wholeheartedly adopted on both sides of the Atlantic between the 1st and 2nd world wars. Modern design avoided using unnecessary ornaments and highlighted the industrial origins of modern building material, furniture, and textiles. In a Modern space you would not see displays of bric-a-brac or knick knacks in.
The Modernism style included elements such as chrome and glass furniture and pale walls and ceilings. The curtains were abstract or geometric patterned and carpets were often laid over parquet floors. Hi-rise apartments or lofts are typically decorated in the Modern Style. These types of spaces usually have floor to ceiling windows and exposed material like metal pipes and are very sparsely decorated. The idea is to have as much unobstructed space as possible. One drawback is that these spaces can also come across as cold and uninviting.
During the late 20th century and 21st century, since the end of the 2nd World War, there have been 2 apparent trends in interior design and decoration: one largely Retrospective and the other basically Futuristic. So, in essence, the late 20th and early 21st century is both looking back to decorating styles for inspiration as well as reaching forward to improving upon what is already there and developing new ideas. Classicism, in all its varying interpretations, has been the most enduringly fashionable and least faddish style of the late 20th and early 21st century. In addition, significant and successful reproductive reinterpretations or recreations of just about all the styles have been made even more doable by the response of manufacturers and importers. And, people who live in period homes today are beginning to restore and decorate them in the original period style.
Probably the style talked about most these days is Contemporary. That is because Contemporary simply means today or current. In actuality, any style can be interpreted as Contemporary by using current day materials. I often like to consider Contemporary an application or interpretation rather than a style in and of itself.
I could not tell you every decorating detail but I did tell you enough to give you a good working knowledge of the contributions offered to the decorating industry over the centuries. I hope you feel enlightened and empowered as you approach your next decorating project.
Were you aware that you could fill your home with decorative home accessories, giving the appearance of antiques but without the price tag?
Technological advancements mean that beautiful homeware items can be produced in techniques similar, but more efficient to those used in centuries gone by.
For those of us who love to have historic looking vases, bowls and other pieces around us but are unable to afford the hefty cost associated with them, a modern impression of the piece can literally transform a room.
Glassware from Eastern Europe in particular is often still hand blown and hand decorated, creating some truly beautiful effects.
These modern “antiques” tend to be a fraction of the price of true antiques and add a touch of class to any home.
The Spanish Stonecasting technique produces some wonderfully authentic-looking items. From bowls to candle holders, these very basic, rustic looking homeware items are charming in their simplicity and uniqueness.
Misso, a material forged in the Philippines, is immediately identifiable. A complicated procedure, Misso accessories do cost a little extra but offer superb value for money. To begin with, fine fibres of glass are covered by hand crafted strips of vine before being finished with a black and white resin. The result? A retro-style, almost African style of homeware which is suitable for most room themes.
These new home accessories are testament to the fact that beautiful home items can be sourced from around the world and don’t need to be purchased from the mass market favoured by DIY stores and supermarkets.
Take some time to source exactly which item will fit perfectly with the theme and colour scheme of your room. There are some stylish home accessory websites out there which offer some exquisite pieces from around the world – often traditionally produced pieces which are unique in their own right and are superb quality.
Whether you’re looking for traditional vases, bowls or glassware, there are a large selection to choose from. Often only slightly more expensive than mass market accessories, they offer considerable value for money, without compromising on quality.
On your next Bank Holiday, avoid the traffic and hypermarkets. Sit down with a glass of wine in front of your PC and browse through the fantastic selection of traditional homeware accessories from around the world. Be selective, stick to your budget and you’ll soon have a home filled with beautiful, unique pieces.
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