Quintessentially 1920s Decor That Feels Perfectly Modern

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The trick with any vintage or vintage-feel decor is how to make it work in the space you already have — whether it's a sleek minimalist box or an ornate pre-war apartment with all the fixings. And you don't want to be too on the nose.

Here are some 1920s-esque pieces that will blend beautifully into a modern space.

Sommerard Triple Arm Chandelier, McGee and Co., $2,025

Statement lighting is perhaps one of the most powerful ways to change the overall feel of the room. Imagine the difference if you were to swap out the iconic boho Sinnerlig pendant for a sleek, architectural black and brass chandelier — like this one, from McGee and Co. All of a sudden, the dining room is Paris, 1926.

Shany Floor Lamp, Lulu and Georgia, $179

If you can't commit to a pricey chandelier, the Shany floor lamp, also in black, has a similar sleek angular feel, a subtle Bauhaus-esque accent for a living room.

Simone Double Plug-In Sconce, Schoolhouse Electric, $409 each

For the bedroom, consider a pair of these gorgeous curved plug-in sconces, on either side of the bed, for that '20s symmetry.

Ventana Glass Display Cabinet, Crate & Barrel, $1,699

This dramatic display case from Crate & Barrel echoes the lines of some of our favorite art deco buildings, but feels timeless.

Dichiera 55" Console Table, Joss & Main, $304.99

An understated console is an easy way to incorporate mirrored furniture, and bring a little '20s glamour into the room.

Velvet Sculptural Chair, Anthropologie, $898

Jewel tone. Check. Velvet. Check. Feminine curves. Check. This sexy little chair has it all, and comes in several period-appropriate colors.

Corinne Sofa, Anthropologie, starting at $1,608

Pair the accent chairs with this gorgeously feminine curved sofa, also from Anthropologie.

Narro Brass Side Table, Article, $249 each

Brass, marble, and a perfectly sleek design give this side table its '20s feel.

Golden Art Deco Pattern Bar Stool, Society6, $159.20

The scalloped art deco print in gold is almost cliché. But used lightly as an accent, it adds just-right '20s flavor.

Forte White Bed, CB2, starting at $1,699

This upscale, white upholstered bed frame from CB2 feels uber-sophisticated and expensive.

Scalloped Screen, The Inside, $399

The scalloped edges of this screen feel appropriately '20s and very feminine, and the zebra print makes it really fun. Plus, I'm a sucker for anything by Scalamandre.

Starburst II Cement Tiles, Cement Tile Shop, $82.80/box

I have to admit, sunbursts are not my favorite motif, but they're a hallmark of '20s style. One way to incorporate it that feels subtle and modern? Tile.

Art Deco Roaring '20s Pattern Peel & Stick Wallpaper, Etsy, $14.95

Wallpaper is back, folks, and an accent wall of this floral '20s pattern is bold without being overwhelming.

Fiato Mirror, CB2, $249

This piece has a great, '80s-meets-art-deco vibe — and it looks wonderfully expensive.


Laura Lambert is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor who covers lifestyle, design, and women's health.

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