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Art Deco Bedroom Styles

Art Deco is still one of the most sought after design schemes especially for bedrooms. The simplistic glamour and sleekness of art deco design makes it perfect for a striking bedroom scheme. Art Deco was characterised by it’s bold yet simple and deliberate shapes, attractive ‘patterns’ and neutral luxurious colour palette.

The Art Deco period was one of sophistication and glamour with a quiet air of extravagance and money. Glamorous with an eclectic mix of textures and designs summed up this sumptuously design forward look. The Art Deco bedroom was one that made a feature out of the bedroom no longer leaving it just for sleeping but rather a room for spending time, relaxing and luxuriating in. Moving the bedroom on from a place for your bed and to sleep in left room for the introduction of a wider range of pieces of bedroom furniture. For instance the bedroom was no longer just for a bed but there were armchairs, chaise lounges, writing desks, feature lamps, rugs and screens.

A portrayal of wealth and affluence was significant of bedroom furniture design from the Art Deco period which originated in Europe in the early part of the 20th century particularly taking precedence after the Great War and symbolising the 1920s and 1930s.

The Art Deco movement in bedroom furniture showcased the varieties of wood that could be utilised and the different look that each type gave to the overall feel of the room. Some of the most popular choices were Violet Wood, richly vibrant in colour originating from Brazil and also known as Kingwood. Ebony and Mahogany because of there striking colours and their connotative indications of affluence and expense were also popular choices for bedroom furniture in an Art Deco room.

Wood played a huge part in the Art Deco movement being shaped and formed into exquisite patterns and shapes, often combined with other pieces of furniture in a mixture of textiles such as in an armchair with a wood inlay. Another trend was the massively popular parquet flooring of the 20s and 30s which was a geometric pattern of wood giving a much sought after wood effect which is still a popular choice of flooring today.

The Art Deco bedroom colour scheme was one of two facets from the luxurious, natural colour palette of cream, monochrome, dove and gunmetal grey to strong geometric patterns and striking sunbursts. Often the richer colours were used as accents in an Art Deco bedroom with the fabric of a dressing table stool, or cushions on an armchair or bed linen being a slightly bolder more striking colour choice than the walls or larger pieces of furniture which were often wood anyway.

Lighthouse Themed Decor

If you love the romanticism of a lighthouse, you might want to use a lighthouse theme to decorate part of your home. With many lighthouse-themed items available, you can turn a bedroom, den, or bathroom into your own shoreline. Of course, pictures are always handy but you can find even more unique items such as jewelry boxes and miniature models.

Using several different types of lighthouse items, you will create a full experience rather than just a single focal point on a picture. Using a three-dimensional lighthouse plaque can had depth and texture to an otherwise bland wall. Even the coloring of the items can be useful. Instead of choosing the traditional red and white, you choose a color that blends in with colors of your choice.

You can add even more creativity by including items related to lighthouses. If you are decorating a bathroom, the soap dish could be in the shape of a rowboat. Lotion dispensers can also reflect theme as well as toothbrush holders and other items. Instead of a traditional picture, you can mount a piece of stained glass decorated with the lighthouse theme as if it were a picture.

Other rooms can also incorporate the theme. The bedroom can make use of bedding with the lighthouse and shoreline theme. A beautiful clock with a picture or a sculpture can accent the wall. Many shoreline items such as shells, boats, and nets could also serve as accents in the bedroom. One shelf I have seen is enclosed in the shape or a rowboat standing on end. With this cute shelf, you can set lighthouse shaped candles and other trinkets out to help carry the theme. A fishing net would fit the theme as it is draped above the bed.

If you want to share your passion over lighthouses with your guests, the living room can display unique lighthouse decor. You can place items that you have collected on the occasional tables in the room. A large sofa painting could balance the room with a beautiful shoreline scene. You don’t have to limit yourself to the traditional decorations, either. A lighthouse-shaped floor lamp would be a great addition. You could even find an old wooden pilot’s wheel and place glass in the center to create a unique coffee table.

Your lighthouse decor does not have to stay inside. Of course, the paintings won’t hold up, but you can add lighthouse yard decorations to your flower garden or walkway. Birdhouses and fountains in the shape of lighthouses will bring your theme outside for all to see. You could create a potted plant garden in an old rowboat or recreate a rocky shoreline with a rock garden. Whichever form of lighthouse decor you choose, you can find many items to help you share your love of lighthouses with others.

Bathrooms: from a timber-lined escape to cave-like drama

Sublime sanctuaries.

There is simply no excuse for a basic bathroom. These five from Patterson Associates, Assembly Architects, Herbst and Wendy Shacklock run the gamut from intimate, dark spaces to light and bright renovations – inspiration for every style and budget.

Bathrooms by Patterson Associates.

1. Shelter from the norm – Seascape House, Banks Peninsula, Patterson Associates

HOME Your first diagrams for this house consisted of “a bed and a fire and a cave to fit them in”. How does the bathroom fit with that program?
Davor Popadich We wanted the bed and bath to look directly onto the rocky ocean outcrop, sheltered in the cave.

HOME The rest of the house has sweeping views, yet this room is hunkered against the rock wall – how did you include the view?
Davor Popadich A narrow glass opening leads onto the spa terrace and provides the view and light to the bathroom. The bath itself, basin and WC behind are positioned in such a way to allow for an outlook.

HOME This house is all about the experience – it’s a retreat rather than a home and it’s about enjoying nature, the sea and its raging storms. How does the bathroom manifest that?
Davor Popadich It builds upon this experience while providing a greater degree of privacy and intimacy. The cave-like environment adds to the feeling of shelter, yet the light and view allow connection with the outdoors.

HOME You’ve long worked with stacked stone walls. What is it about them that appeals?
Davor Popadich We strive to make our buildings connected to their local environment and economy by using as many locally sourced products and craftspeople as possible. The stone requires a lot of effort to be laid but its beauty, richness of texture and the stonemason’s pride are well worth the effort.

Design details

Bath Boffi.
Tapware Boffi spout.
Rock wall Built by Brayden Sullivan with stone from the property’s quarry.
Floors Local bluestone tiles and concrete.
Artwork The piece above the bath is ‘Solstice Lei I’ by Emily Sidell.

2. View to thrill – Scrubby Bay Farmhouse, Banks Peninsula, Patterson Associates

HOME The property is a contemporary interpretation of a classic New Zealand farmhouse. How did that affect your design of the bathroom?
Davor Popadich We wanted the experience to be authentic and genuine. The gable form extends into the bathroom as well as the macrocarpa timber lining and flooring.

HOME It’s not huge and the fittings aren’t showy. How did you make the space feel special?
Davor Popadich Ample natural light and the home’s volume and materiality add to the overall experience, as well as the ability to open the sliding door for the view and fresh air. Big timber shutters allow for privacy and intimacy when needed.

HOME How different is it designing bathrooms in a house that is intended only for occasional occupancy?
Davor Popadich No different. Bathrooms can and should be beautiful and practical regardless of frequency of use, size, budget and location.

Design details

Bath, tapware and mirror All by Boffi.
Cabinetry Macrocarpa crafted by Alsop Joinery.
Flooring Oak and local bluestone tiles.

Photographs by Simon Devitt.

3. Enduring edge – Wright Family House, Arrowtown, Assembly Architects

HOME This might be the family bathroom but it’s still special. How did you achieve that?
Louise Wright It is a simple, spacious and practical room. Most things play a dual function – the bath is also the shower, the shower curtain shields the toilet, the bathroom is also the laundry. The shape and form of the bath is interesting – we like the geometry of the circle in the room – and the monochromatic materials are really textured, but simple. The floor and bath are all tiled in the same material, a rumbled Carrara marble.

HOME Showers over baths are notorious for getting water everywhere. Is this one better?
Louise Wright The curtain falls from the ceiling to the base of the shower, which is much larger than a regular bath. With the curtain wrapped around it creates a lovely space – the light is softly diffused and it is private, quite a contrast to a tile and glass shower. Not a drop of water gets out. On the other hand, when it is used as a bath with six kids in there…

HOME The connection to the outdoors is a nice touch – how does this work in practice?
Louise Wright The family bathroom is also the laundry and a sort of back door and mud room. The doors open out to the reserve and to our side yard – the clothesline, the compost. The glazed doors are partially obscured for privacy, but we can still see out to the mountains and sky. The view is to the peaks in the west and the sunset.

Design details

Bath Converted concrete drain raiser.
Tiles floor and bath in rumbled Carrara marble from Penguin Ceramics, bath top in honed Carrara marble from Che Stile.
Showerhead Progetto ‘Flow’ rainhead from Edward Gibbon Plumbing Plus.
Lighting ‘Metro’ LED ceiling light and ‘Plan’ LED recessed wall lights from Lighting Plus.
Wall cladding and paint Shadowclad groove in ‘Quarter Merino’ Spacecote by Resene.
Curtain rail Custom MacTrac Pro powdercoated curtain track Shower curtain by Catherine David Design.

4. A step in time – Heke Street House, Auckland, Herbst Architects

HOME The bathroom is the only room you’ve changed – why did you pick this one?
Lance Herbst The Butynol roof over the bathroom wore out and developed a slow leak. To repair it we had to remove the entire ceiling, parts of the wall lining and parts of the floor, so we took the opportunity to renovate the room.

HOME How much did you incorporate Mitchell & Stout’s original design?
Lance Herbst We didn’t change that much. The bath and stainless steel shower base are original and unchanged and the position of the vanity, toilet and bidet are also the same. The language of materials was isolated to the bathroom itself and didn’t appear anywhere else in the house – brightly coloured vinyl on the floor and brightly coloured melamine to the vanity, bath surround and medicine cabinet as well as bright blue wall tiles in the shower. So we decided to bring the bathroom into line with the rest of the house – vanity and wall-hung cupboards made of tawa veneer, the floor in cork, which is very similar in appearance to the particleboard flooring found in the rest of the house. We then introduced a white mosaic on the walls and bath surround, which is in keeping with the white painted walls and ceiling of the original bathroom.

Design details

Tiles Bisazza glass mosaics in white.
Tapware Cox by Paini.
Cabinetry Tawa vanity and veneer boards by Johannes Erren Cabinetmakers with a Corian top.
Mirror Custom made with silvering sandblasted off the back where the strip lights are fixed.
Lighting Concealed strip lighting under the vanity.
Flooring The original particleboard was deteriorating and has been replaced with ply overlaid with cork.
Stool ‘Butterfly’ stool by Sori Yanagi for Vitra.

Wendy Shacklock bathroom. Photograph by Samuel Hartnett.

5. Sense of drama – Te Kohanga House, Waiheke Island, Wendy Shacklock

HOME Te Kohanga is a house that offers both an amazing view and a sense of containment because of its exposed position. How did you incorporate these elements into the bathroom?
Wendy Shacklock Both bathrooms in the house are 4.5 metres long, with one end (the shower) all glass looking out to the view, and sliding door access to the outside – it’s great if you’ve had a swim at the bottom of the cliff. The rooms offer both containment and connection. They have been finished to enhance the unique experience of the house as a whole – they have the same folded cedar ceiling, for instance. The floor and walls are in honed stone tiles – they subtly pick up tones from the site but have a very sophisticated, luxurious finish.

HOME There is a moodiness, almost a darkness here – how did you balance practical concerns with that sense of drama?
Wendy Shacklock The lighting can be moody or it can be functional – I really dislike brightly lit bathrooms when I’m getting ready for bed. The daylight is very good and the mirrors angle to allow light to your face.

Design details

Bath Villeroy & Boch.
Tapware Vola Sink and toilet Duravit.
Tiles Floor and walls in honed stoned from European Ceramics; white mosaics surround the bath.
Lighting All from Inlite Ceiling cedar.
Cabinetry American Oak and Trendstone.

I Want A Hydropool Hot Tub

Last year we decided to move from Ottawa to Oakville where my husband’s parents live. We loved living in Ottawa but with twin girls who are 2 years old, it would be nice to have family nearby to help out. I had been a stay at home mom, but wanted to go back to work, which I have now, thanks to my husband’s family taking care of the twins.
My husband loves it here in Oakville but the one thing he misses is the hot tub we had on our patio. As for me I hated it, it was noisy, the up keep was getting to be too much as well as the cost of running it. He has been talking about getting one for our deck which is large enough, but I have been somewhat hesitate.
After all I have had my fill of hottubs with the one we had back in our old residence. All I hear from my husband is Hydropool, we need to buy a Hydropool. He finally convinced me to check out their site to learn more about their hot tubs and their company.
I was impressed with what I read. They have been around for about 45 years. They are recognized worldwide as the leaders in hot tubs/spas and their products are sold in over 60 countries. A Hydropool hot tub is built to last for a long time. Their guarantee is one of the industry’s best along with their reputation being unsurpassed.
After dinner with the girls in bed, my husband and I talked about the Hydropool. I told him I would think about it, after all it is an investment. He agreed but said it is an investment for the well being of our family. Just think of the health benefits he said to me.
A few weeks passed and my husband convinced me to go to one of their showrooms to see the hot tubs in person.  We went to the Oakville showroom and I have to admit it was more than I expected.  I could not believe how beautiful and well made these hot tubs were.
The salesperson took us around and answered all our questions especially the ones I had. On our drive back home I told my husband, yes it’s ok to buy a Hydropool hot tub, well he was a happy camper. What put my mind at ease was the fact that the model we chose was self cleaning, energy efficient and it was easy to maintain, all the things are old hot tub wasn’t.
It has been 6 weeks now since we have the Hydropool and I am enjoying it. My husband is in love with it and we take the girls in for a little bit. I have to say that my husband was right, ughh!.  In Oakville hot tubs are very popular, but our hot tub is the best, it’s a Hydropool.

Modern Living Room Decorations

Living Room Wall Decorations

The living room usually serves as the central meeting area in the home. This is where your family gathers at the end of a long day and where you entertain guests when they come to visit. The decor of this room should reflect your personal style and tastes, as well as how you want your friends and family to perceive your home. A modern living room should be welcoming and functional, while emphasizing space and color. Modern decor is a great way to give your home a sophisticated feel.


  • Modern decor emphasizes bold splashes of color set against a neutral background. The walls and floors should be white, off-white or gray. You can then continue this neutral theme with white or black furniture. Add color in the form of bright throw pillows, rugs, art and accessories. If you need a little more color in your room, consider a brightly colored couch with black and white throw pillows instead. To get the same effect with colored walls, your furniture and accents should all remain black or white, which can offer fewer options for accessories.


  • The hallmark of modern decor and design is sleek, functional furniture with strong, smooth lines. When it comes to seating, however, you should keep comfort in mind as well. Try to avoid sacrificing a comfortable couch for an ultra-modern design. Glass coffee tables and end tables work well with a modern decor. Black or white furniture is better than a wood finish with this style. Rather than hiding your electronics in a cabinet, feel free to leave your big screen TV and other gadgets on display, as long as the cords are well concealed and nothing looks cluttered.


  • One of the most important aspects of modern decor is proper lighting. Avoid such quaint features as flickering candlelight and lanterns. Track lighting is ideal for a modern look. This will allow quick and easy adjustment when you want to highlight various aspects of the room. Use several layers of lighting so that you have an ideal setting for any occasion, from movie night to cocktail parties and everything in between. Lighted display cases are another excellent way to make sure that every aspect of the room is properly lit.


  • No modern living room would be complete without a few excellent pieces of modern art. The specific selection should be left entirely to your own taste. Select a piece that you truly enjoy, and that will enhance the overall decor of your living room. Once you have your pieces selected, be sure that they receive proper presentation. Don’t place your artwork in dimly lit areas of the room. Make sure that each piece is well lit, and doesn’t suffer from glare. Depending on the size of the room, you may be able to incorporate two or more large pieces, however, it is important not to clutter the room. Allow each work enough space to be properly appreciated in its own right.


  • In any living room, the small touches are what defines the family that lives there. In a modern living room, it is important that the space doesn’t look cluttered. Allow plenty of open table space, and arrange shelves neatly and precisely. With that in mind, there’s no reason that modern decor can’t display your personal interests. Frame family photos in sleek black or white frames, and even consider some artsy black and white photos. To emphasize technology a little more, use digital photo frames. If you have a lot of straight lines in your furniture, use rounded accessories and rugs to soften the space. If you have rounded furniture and tables, incorporate some straighter lines in the artwork and accessories to keep a sense of balance in the room.

Bathrooms: Pattersons’ moody palette

An intimate space.

Careful lighting and a darker palette create moody intimacy in this bathroom by Pattersons. Davor Popadich explains how they achieved the intimate quality without sacrificing function and utility.

Hackett Street bathroom by Pattersons. Photograph by Simon Devitt.

HOME What made you choose a dark material palette for this bathroom area? Davor Popadich, Pattersons We wanted the space to feel intimate. Bathing being such a personal and intimate activity we wanted to scale the space down by using darker tiles and soft, filtered light. HOME How did you manage lighting in the space, both natural and artificial? Davor Popadich We love natural daylight and in this case we wanted to filter it as much as possible to create a more intimate feel. For night-time bathing, we have specified dimmable uplights behind the bath to soften the light and minimise glare while in the bath. Artificial lighting is functional, aesthetically matches other lighting elements in the house and is fully dimmable. HOME What do you think makes an ideal bathroom?Davor Popadich It’s a balance between intimacy and utility. Bathrooms are on one hand very intimate spaces yet on the other require a great deal of utility and practicality to function well.Design details Tapware Boffi from Elemento. Bath Boffi from Elemento. Vanity Boffi from Elemento.Lighting Viabizzuno lighting from ECC. Tiles ‘Rak’ floor and wall tiles from Heritage Tiles. Mirrorcustom-designed by Pattersons.