Living Room / Modern Retro Living Rooms

Living Room / Modern Retro Living Rooms

You may ask yourself why art deco furniture seems timeless and remains popular despite the gap of years between its inception in the 1930s and today. Part of the answer is that much of today’s furniture styles hark back to the Art Deco scene. Many books have been written about art deco architecture and furniture, but it is at once grand, elegant, modernistic and eye-catching. One way in which to give art deco retro furniture designs a modern twist is to add modern material like chamois leather or modern fabrics.
Modern long L-shaped sofas are very popular and can be combined with retro colour combinations such as orange and brown that were very popular in pre-war sitting rooms. You can complete the look with rich wooden floorboards for a highly polished finish. This gives you a great Art Deco effect. Sometimes it’s good to introduce something completely off the wall and out of keeping with the rest of the room. So in a country-style room with vintage shelving, natural wood and old gold colouring and a carpet with rustic tones and patterns, why not bring in a signal red stool or coffee table to be the shock of the new? It’s a great statement, yet doesn’t overwhelm the room.
With some planning, bridging the gap between contemporary and retro can create a superb old-new tension without losing any character. Why not mix and match statement exposed brick walls with traditional art deco angle-poise floor lamps, contemporary sofas, colourful large cushions, and perhaps a statement leather armchair for the off-centre-piece item beside the sofa.
Bold, art deco-style wallpaper is an easy, and relatively cheap, way to create a retro décor for your living/sitting room. But the secret to avoid making your room a time-capsule to the 1930’s and like some museum is to have some bang-up to date contemporary furniture or art in the room. An in-your-face modern art painting or sculpture or a metal and glass piece of furniture will help you bridge that gap between Art Deco and contemporary.
I am a great fan or Ercol furniture from the Sixties and if you have some or can buy some it’s great to “play” with it in your room to hippie vibe in this living room. You can even span a few decades either way, by having some art deco colours, and some modern pieces to create some delightful confusion.
Of course you may not have to try too hard to have a modern feel to your main room. If it has a plasma screen, Hi-Fi and 5.1 speakers, then it’s clear what decade the room is in. But with Art Deco reproduction lamps and some retro wallpaper, you’ll be well on the way to that crossover look that is so popular today. Even a laminate floor, in the right natural finish, can be a great foundation for some 30’s looks. What about those alabaster painted masks for the wall? They can be ordered online and will be a great change from boring old rugs or prints.