Month: July 2015

What is Art Nouveau?

An old trend is coming back into fashion. Art Nouveau was popular in the 1910s. It is sometimes compared to Art Deco, but they are quite different. Both are a style of art, architecture and design that was popular in the first half of the twentieth century. One example of Art Deco is the Empire State Building in New York. Another prominent style of modern art deco is retro modern furniture, popularized by online stores such as this one. Also we have the building that houses Selfridge’s in London. Art Deco comprises stark, straight edges and usually the colours black and gold.

A brief history of Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau became popular in response to a collective desire to shrug off the stiffness of the Victorian era.

However, as well as being popular in the early twentieth century, it was also the height of fashion in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and went hand in hand with the hippy movement. The font on advertising for psychedelic musical concerts and festivals was inspired by Art Nouveau. In recent years, especially this year, it seems the popularity of Art Nouveau has come back again. The Isle of Wight Music Festival continues to use Art Nouveau in its advertising and merchandise.

Art Nouveau furniture was most prolifically produced from the late nineteenth century to the beginning of the First World War.

What Art Nouveau looks like

Art Nouveau is more about nature, about organic, natural lines, plants, fruit, roots and flowers, earth mamas. Famous examples of the architecture from this movement include many of the entrances to the Metro in Paris, France. However, Art Nouveau is more centred around furniture than art, whereas Art Deco is more about architecture.

Above is a fantastic example of Art Nouveau furniture. Wood was a key feature in Art Nouveau, marquetry was a famous art technique of the era, inlaying artistically carved pieces of different colours of wood into larger pieces of wood, in bureaus, floors and dressers.

Art Nouveau artwork

With regards to art, the most famous Art Nouveau painter has to be Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). A lot of mugs featuring his artwork are available to buy in shops right now for very reasonable prices. However the artist whose work is most associated with Art Nouveau is the relatively little-known Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939). His work typically features sensual ladies surrounded by flowers.

An Alphonse Mucha piece

Having Art Nouveau artwork in your home will put you at the forefront of interior design fashion as well as brighten up your surroundings!


Having a parquet floor would definitely make your home an Art Nouveau palace, as it is what was used for the marquetry Art Nouveau was famed for.

Tiffany Lamp

For a final flourish in your design, add a Tiffany Lamp, a classic stained glass lampshade



The kitchen is one of the most important spots in the house. This is where the food of the whole household is being prepared, family dines, dishes washed, foods and goods stored, etc. It is also a good bonding place for the whole family since most activities here are being enjoyed by the bunch. That is why having a good and beautiful kitchen is very important. More than the physical aesthetics, you also have to take into consideration the functionality of the structure. Here are a few tips:

1. The kitchen requires a lot of storage and empty spaces. You never know when you need storages for leftover foods, extra sauces, dips, and drinks. Parties will also need you to have a wide array of different sized compartments. Vary your storage so you’ll have a fitting place for everything. Provide deep cabinets, wide drawers, minute spaces, etc. Make sure that there is room for everything.

2. Plan in advance and make it good. By this, you have to foresee everything that you may want to add in your new kitchen in the future. This will give a good idea of how much space you want to allot and where to place it. If you are looking for the latest model of gas range, be sure that the gas range place will be enough to take in your possible purchase.

3. It is also good if you could inject some fashion sense onto your new kitchen. Think ahead. Think practical. Today, you may want some fusion of orange and fuchsia pink since it is the trend. But think futuristic: will it still look good after 5 years or so? The best option for you is to choose a classic theme. This means that you could have a choice of classic wooded kitchen or some other timeless designs.

4. It is very important that your kitchen as proper lighting. Most activities being done here are intricate and very detailed, All the cutting and slicing will surely require you to have a good eye on everything. Aside from providing good lights, it would also help if you choose paints that are light-colored and cool for the eyes.

5. Though it is the architect’s job to build your kitchen, you don’t have to put all the authority to them. There must be a collaborative effort between you, the builder and the designer. Hire an interior designer if you can or a kitchen expert. The team will surely help you achieve the kitchen that is perfectly fitted to you.