Art Deco and Venetian Blinds
Art deco design possesses a certain glamorous allure which leaves no one indferent. The innovative combination of the traditional and modern and the use of extravagant materials and decorative elements memories of the Roaring Twenties, rise of industrialism, social changes, artistic movements in Paris and the increasing need among the world population to forget the devastation and the lack of basic means for survival during the harsh times of the World War I. The question is can Venetian blinds fit into an art deco design ?
In order to answer this question, we will have to explain the basics of this decorating style, the color palette, choice of furniture, decorative elements and the materials and then explore the ways of incorporating Venetians into an art deco decor. Since the growing need to overcome the poverty and destruction led humanity to strive for a more prosperous and easy life, this was reflected in the way they decorated their homes (smooth lines, geometric shapes, modern elements inspired by Industrialism, and the expensive looking fabrics and pieces of furniture).
Chrome, lacquered wood (for a shiny effect), bronze, aluminum, steel, and stained glass are used abundantly. The fabrics used for upholstery, pillows, curtains etc. have to look expensive (even if they are cheap). Avoid floral patterns and use those with geometric shapes or those in bold, striking colors. Oversized furniture, bronze or chrome and glass lighting (chandeliers, Tiffany lamps, wall sconces), large wrought iron mirrors are some of the examples of the basic items which should be included in an art deco interior.
Color palette uses black and other colors, like green, red, white, chrome, gray, blue, silver and even some shades of brown, a introduced into this decor to soften its effect and open up the space. White blinds would, for example, be a perfect choice of window treatment in a home where a combination of black and white elements (white walls, polished black tiles on the floor, black and white carpet with geometric patterns) is a dominant one. To bring more life to this decor (and avoid the resemblance to the black and white films), place an art deco painting in bold colors on your wall, or refresh the look of your sofa and armchairs with colorful pillows.
Wood blinds in different brown hues are very valuable for adding a dose of warmth to your ambient. Dark brown Venetian blinds would make a fine contrast to the white tiled floor and walls, whereas the color of your furniture remains brown as well. Adding wood panels to your walls or covering them with interestingly patterned wallpaper would help accentuate the splendor of your light brown blinds. This would look exceptionally well in a home with white marble floor, and lacquered wood furniture upholstered with a cream or tan velor or leather.
To conclude, thanks to their design and straightlined slats, Venetian blinds are a perfect match to the geometric shapes of an art deco design so there is no reason why the Venetian blinds and art deco could not go well together.
Source by Mark Row