The Art Deco Look

The Art Deco Look

1920-1939

The Art Deco period was a thoroughly glamorous style epitomising the opulence of the inter war period. Known as the ‘Jazz Age’ or the ‘Cocktail Age’ it was renowned for its modern, sleek looks and luxurious use of materials. New York’s Chrylser Building, The Savoy, Sybil Colefax and Rene Lalique are icons of this era and are all still admired and much emulated today.

Decadence

Art Deco was a noticeable reaction to the austerity of the First World War. Luxury and decadence are clearly evident in the use of rare and exotic woods and materials such as ivory, shagreen (imitation sharkskin) or mother of pearl. Excessive use of mirror, satins and pale leathers also made the look highly impractical and therefore only affordable to the elite who had staff to take care of such things. Hollywood adored the style as it worked perfectly for the black and white scene sets of the time and as a result elevated the look to one for the A-listers of the day (Marlene Dietrich for example.)

Global style

Global influences were also notable. The Art Deco use of lacquer as a finish on furniture came from China, the colours of the period were clearly those of the Russian Ballet, the stepped shapes of the pyramids of the Aztec can be seen in cocktail cabinets and clocks and the discovery of Tutankhamun’s burial site in 1922 brought about a Neo-Egyptian vogue that was translated through the use of sun bursts and columns.

Technology

Advancement in technology was also a key influence that presented itself in a ‘streamlined’ look. Aerodynamic shapes taken from ocean liners and Zeppelins can be seen in everyday objects of the period – from cigarette lighters and radios to cocktail cabinets.

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You Need Window Shutters to Add Privacy in Your Home

You Need Window Shutters to Add Privacy in Your Home

When it comes to privacy the one thing that clicks in mind is the installation of shutters or blinds in your home. Window shutters are stable window coverings with vertical or horizontal rails. You can install shutters for variety of reasons such as to create privacy, to enhance your room’s elegance or even to prevent sunlight from entering your room.

Shutters come in variety of sizes, colors and designs. You should look for the style and color that fits best to the rest of your home d?cor. Some window shutters are made of wood, faux or other materials. You can install the shutters in different ways, such as you can install it within the opening or overlapping the opening.

When installing shutters, the first step is to measure the window opening. Next you need to determine the depth of your window. The manufacturer you choose to buy shutters can also help you in this regard.

Interiors shutters Interior window shutters are also called “plantation shutters” and are available in different styles and colors. Today you can easily buy plantation shutters without drilling a hole in your wall. These shutters not only serve other window treatments, but also add style and grace to the interior of your home.

These shutters will help to keep your home warmer in winters and cooler in summers. The installation of interior shutters has become a fashion nowadays. You can order these via online shutter stores at the comfort of your home and the delivery will be made in no time. To choose the right window shutters you can also visit a window treatment specialist. Interior shutters are considered as a simple and inexpensive window treatment solution.

Exterior shutters Exterior window shutters are made of different materials like aluminum, fiber glass and wood. These shutters not …

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