What is Art Nouveau?
Art Nouveau is an opulent, decorative art movement, popularized between 1890 and 1910. It focused on the beauty of the natural, unbroken lines found often in flowers, vines, and branches. Making use of clear materials like glass and combining them with carefully wrought metals, art nouveau asks designers to mimic dragonfly or butterfly wings.
How can you best make use of this in your own builds? Practically, art nouveau is best used as an accent. Overdo it, and it easily becomes phony-looking. Take a look at April and Pink Moon’s thoughtful art nouveau vignettes for example.
🔮Pair Nouveau chairs, accent tables, and carpets with strong, straight lines. Notice that in both April’s examples, her furnishings are set against a back drop of straight-lined wood flooring or a straight-backed fountain.
🔮Pair Nouveau pieces with flowers or vines to further suggest natural inspirations.
🔮Use doors and windows made of glass and metal. The “seriously studious” windows come to mind.
🔮Choose a rich, natural color palette indicative of the brief, nature-inspired art nouveau period.
How are you using your art nouveau pieces? Show off below!