by April May
Art deco can make a guest room seriously sophisticated, with the help of only a few classy touches. Look for clean lines, black blocks of colour and lots of mirrored glass – this subtle lampshade from BHS hints at the 1930s perfectly. Past Times has a great Art Deco range, and this glam clock, looking like something straight out of a Fritz Lang film embodies the look. An art nouveaux piece like this is a great way to bring clean lines and sparkle to a room without overdoing it. Use accents like this tealight holder as well to both realistically and subtly hark back to the ‘30s. Or, lots of lovely real vintage ornaments can be found in antique stores or online for a similar price,
and at car boot sales very cheaply, so shop around and have fun with it. At the same time, Art Deco is all about clean lines, so place carefully selected ornaments sparingly. Black wallpapers like this gorgeous one from AC Home are perfect for an Art Deco themed room, but be careful not to make a small room too dark – instead, choose a feature wall to paper, and paint the rest in a light cream or gold tone to compliment the paper. Art Deco-style mirrors are fashionable and easy to find on the high street – go big and choose one like this from John Lewis to reflect as much light as possible, especially if you’re putting up black wallpaper.
Mod accessories are the single best way to liven up a dull guest room. Look for simple shapes, curves and circles. This cute Acctim clock is only £6 but will start to transform the feel of a room straight away. Primary colours and bold shapes are what the whole look is about, so just adding classic colour blocks of red, white, blue and black to a room, like this red Argos throw, will liven it up and give a more subtle nod to the
era, as well as being relatively cheap. But for the more adventurous decorator, kitsch accessories can kick the guest room up a gear into a whole new level of fun and personality. Quirky accents like these record book ends will do just that, but if you only buy one accessory, make it this Union Jack draught excluder- it’s eye-catching, cool and practical!
It’s hard to find pieces that will make the spare room look more expensive than regency-style accessories. Starting at £7,000, it doesn’t get much grander than this 4 poster Baroque bed. But if your room (and budget) is a bit smaller than that, delicate accessories like this Past Times photo frame and crocheted BHS cushion set the perfect tone to a regency-inspired bedroom. Unlike the modernist clean lines of the Art-deco style, Regency is about lots of interesting, elegant and intricate accents – don’t be afraid to clutter a dressing table full of ornaments; the look is authentic, classy and not to mention homely. And what
more could a guest want? These unusual mirror photo frames from Urban Outfitters embody this design aesthetic, and bring it into the 21st century with a quirky twist. To go full-on Regency, a statement chandelier is a must. This decadent glass one from John Lewis is ornate, as well as having plenty of glass to reflect light around the room. Victorian wallpapers tend to be intricate but light coloured, so unlike the black lines of Art Deco, can be put on all walls of a large room beautifully – however, wallpapering a feature wall and painting a light colour on the others will still do better to brighten up a smaller room.