1920s Living Room

1920s Living Room

Typical living room paint colors included ivory, soft green, light caramel and various shades of yellow. Paint applied to living room walls and ceilings during the 1920s might contain lead. If you hire a contractor to repair, paint or renovate your living room in a way that disturbs lead-based paint, he’s required to be trained in lead-safe work practices. 1920s living room windows were often covered with draperies made from silk, pongee or cretonne materials. Floral-print draperies were common.
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1920s Living Room

Walls and Windows Typical living room paint colors included ivory, soft green, light caramel and various shades of yellow. Paint applied to living room walls and ceilings during the 1920s might contain lead. If you hire a contractor to repair, paint or renovate your living room in a way that disturbs lead-based paint, he’s required to be trained in lead-safe work practices. 1920s living room windows were often covered with draperies made from silk, pongee or cretonne materials. Floral-print draperies were common.
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1920s Living Room

Living rooms in the 1920s often had oak hardwood floors. Colorful, patterned linoleum was also a typical flooring material. Large area rugs covered cold, hard floors to provide cozy comfort and warm texture. Living room furniture was often available in matching sets, which included several coordinating pieces. A typical set might include an arm chair, rocking chair, side chair and assorted accent tables. A davenport sofa, which was a large upholstered sofa that often converted into a bed, was a furniture piece found in some 1920s living rooms.
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Flooring and Furniture Living rooms in the 1920s often had oak hardwood floors. Colorful, patterned linoleum was also a typical flooring material. Large area rugs covered cold, hard floors to provide cozy comfort and warm texture. Living room furniture was often available in matching sets, which included several coordinating pieces. A typical set might include an arm chair, rocking chair, side chair and assorted accent tables. A davenport sofa, which was a large upholstered sofa that often converted into a bed, was a furniture piece found in some 1920s living rooms.
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The color scheme in a 1920s living room was often very colorful. A variety of greens, yellows, blues, reds, browns and violets made up an assortment of 1920s color palettes. For example, jade green, taupe, dark rose and creamy yellow might make up one color scheme, while another palette might consist of rose, tan, violet, grassy green and ivory. The colors were incorporated into a living room through painted walls, floor coverings, draperies, upholstery materials and accents.
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Color Palette The color scheme in a 1920s living room was often very colorful. A variety of greens, yellows, blues, reds, browns and violets made up an assortment of 1920s color palettes. For example, jade green, taupe, dark rose and creamy yellow might make up one color scheme, while another palette might consist of rose, tan, violet, grassy green and ivory. The colors were incorporated into a living room through painted walls, floor coverings, draperies, upholstery materials and accents.
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You could buy a new home in the1920s for under $1,500, according to the People History website. It was, however, a build-it-yourself kit, complete with everything required for assembly. Living rooms were a standard component of almost any 1920s floor plan and reflected colorful interiors with comfortable furnishings. A warm and inviting atmosphere combined with current decorating trends made a 1920s living room both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
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From Autumn: We bought our house several months ago and we never really felt at home in the living room. We were putting off painting because we had a hard time deciding what to do with the fireplace. We just decided that until we were ready to do a renovation, we would give the room a coat of paint that would look much better with the floors. The white walls in this particular room, looked yellow, dark, and dingy. I decided Benjamin Moore gray owl looked perfect because it went very well with our dark walnut floors yet was light enough not to darken the room further. The color combinations gave this classic 1920s room just enough modern touch for our furniture to look much better. We are very excited to be able to sit in there and it to have a much more modern and eclectic feel.
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Some 1920s living rooms used electricity to provide illumination and others brightened their spaces with oil lamps. According to the Minnesota Historical Society, 35 percent of all of the homes in the United States in 1920 were wired for electricity. This percentage increased to 68 percent in 1929. Oil lamps were suspended from the ceilings to provide overall ambient light in a living room that didn’t have electricity. Reading oil lamps supplied targeted task lighting for reading and other hobbies. Electrical lamps, chandeliers and ceiling lamps illuminated living rooms that were wired with electricity.
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Lighting Some 1920s living rooms used electricity to provide illumination and others brightened their spaces with oil lamps. According to the Minnesota Historical Society, 35 percent of all of the homes in the United States in 1920 were wired for electricity. This percentage increased to 68 percent in 1929. Oil lamps were suspended from the ceilings to provide overall ambient light in a living room that didn’t have electricity. Reading oil lamps supplied targeted task lighting for reading and other hobbies. Electrical lamps, chandeliers and ceiling lamps illuminated living rooms that were wired with electricity.
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Fireplaces are a dream feature for a lot of folks out there. They add character, charm and warmth. But sometimes, the look of the fireplace isn’t quite right. Autumn’s living room had a ton of 1920s charm but the color of the walls and the look of the fireplace kept it from feeling like home. With some smart color selection she was able to turn her living room into a welcoming spot.
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Go glamorous with an Art Deco interior The Great Gatsby film is due out this summer, and 1920s-style is making waves on the high street. Get the look in your living room with decadent reflective accessories and furniture – mirrored trinkets, metallic vases and silvery surfaces. This look is all about luxury, so choose a sumptuous velvet sofa, a glittering crystal chandelier and dark wood furniture, then paper alcoves with ornate Art Deco style patterns.
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In To The BlueGo glamorous with an Art Deco interior The Great Gatsby film is due out this summer, and 1920s-style is making waves on the high street. Get the look in your living room with decadent reflective accessories and furniture – mirrored trinkets, metallic vases and silvery surfaces. This look is all about luxury, so choose a sumptuous velvet sofa, a glittering crystal chandelier and dark wood furniture, then paper alcoves with ornate Art Deco style patterns.
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So what if the powder-room toilet was visible from the front door and the kitchen dated to the Reagan administration? A sweet 1920s Dutch Colonial in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood sang with possibilities, and designer Debbie Cummins heard every verse. “There was something about the scale of the rooms and the way light came into the house,” Debbie recalls. “It really did speak to us. The house just exuded charm.”
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If painting weren’t so labor intensive, the walls in Annie Werden’s Baltimore, Maryland, home would change like the leaves on the trees outside or the flowers blooming in the garden. “I can tire quickly of colors or get excited by something new,” Annie says. “Paint is the easiest and cheapest way to reinvent a room.” In the three years Annie and her husband, Matt, have lived in their 1920s-era three-story home, the walls in several rooms have been painted at least twice. “If my husband would allow it,” Annie admits, “I would change our home’s paint colors seasonally!”
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If painting weren’t so labor intensive, the walls in Annie Werden’s Baltimore, Maryland, home would change like the leaves on the trees outside or the flowers blooming in the garden. “I can tire quickly of colors or get excited by something new,” Annie says. “Paint is the easiest and cheapest way to reinvent a room.” In the three years Annie and her husband, Matt, have lived in their 1920s-era three-story home, the walls in several rooms have been painted at least twice. “If my husband would allow it,” Annie admits, “I would change our home’s paint colors seasonally!”   Annie comes by her love of design and her interest in homes naturally. Her mother was an art teacher; her dad was a real estate agent. She’s channeled her natural talent into a career as an interior designer with Jenkins Baer Associates. Now Annie has turned the home she and Matt purchased into a stylish yet family-friendly retreat for the two of them and their children, Charlie and Teddy . Interior design: Annie Werden of Jenkins Baer Associates, Baltimore.
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Set within a 1920s Italianate building on New York’s Fifth Avenue is a sprawling apartment renovated by interior designer Stephen Sills that appears to have been impeccably restored to its original glory, with ornate moldings, double-hung windows, and carved mantels. In fact, everything in the refined floor-through, which overlooks Central Park, is brand-new; it’s a streamlined modern space cloaked in stately splendor. “You think it’s an old apartment that’s been refurbished,” says Sills, “but this whole place was gutted, down to the concrete and pipes.” As architect John B. Murray, who collaborated closely with Sills, explains, “If you are going to put in state-of-the-art air conditioning, electronics, and lighting, all the walls and ceilings have to come down. At that point you might as well start from scratch.”

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