1901 to 1910
The Edwardian era saw the beginning of a new century with a new king and a new style of interior design.
The heavy, dark, cluttered look of the Victorian era was gone, and in its place, something much lighter and more cheerful.
This early 20th century style had an eclectic feel to it, and drew from elements of Georgian, Medieval and Tudor style. Light, airy, and simplicity of detail were key principles of this era.
Bamboo and wicker was the material of preference in Edwardian times. This added to the already delicate and breezy nature of the style. Other furniture was reproductions, drawing influence from baroque, rococo and empire style. The wing chair is a classic shape, and upholstery favored chintz and damask in pale colors.
Shifting away from the darkness of the Victorian interior, colors were fresh and light, with an informal feel. Patterns were feminine, with flowers and floral designs being highly favored. Colors were predominantly pastels: blue, lilacs, greens, yellows and grays. The floral theme was complemented by the liberal use of fresh flower arrangements. Living rooms often took darker colors such as dark green for fabrics, complemented with cream walls.
Edwardian Period Influences
Arts and Crafts
While not alive at the time, Thomas Sheraton had quite an influence on the design choices made during this time. Along with Sheraton, Chippendale, Queen Anne and Baroque reproduction furniture was widely used.
Famous Designers of the Edwardian Style
Thomas Sheraton– furniture
Louis Comfort Tiffany- lighting
René Lalique- glassware
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