Thirties Interior Inspiration For 2020 Homes

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Julian Day's costumes may be the talking point of the latest Rebecca adaptation, but it's the interiors that set our hearts racing...

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Lilt James in Monte Carlo hotel room

Rebecca (2020) Lily James as Mrs. De Winter. Stills: Kerry Brown; Netflix

The 2020 challenge to Alfred Hitchcock’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca received a mixed reception – but one thing we can all agree on at Country & Town House HQ is the mastery of the set design. Segueing from the technicolour 1930s grandeur of the French Riviera to du Maurier’s beloved Cornwall, the ornamented terraces of Monte Carlo give way to the atmospheric and ghostly setting of Manderley, the perfect mise-en-scéne for a suffocating onset of tension. Mirrored halls, tactile velvets, steely palettes of greys and blues and dramatic flourishes of Thirties glamour (fringed velvet lampshades and acres of satin sheets) at every turn provide inspiration aplenty. If it all set your heart racing: here’s how to recreate some of it in your own home.

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Gold shell lamp

Gubi 5321 table lamp, £463. harrods.com

Originating in 1925 and peaking in popularity in 1929, Art Deco was a pivotal influence in the interiors of the late Twenties and Thirties. Based on a creation of Finnish designer Paavo Tynell in 1938, this updated lamp by Gubi riffs on romantic shell designs of the period with some contemporary modifications.

Silver and wood Linley armchair

Linley Grosvenor armchair, £POA. harrods.com

It’s not often that fine cabinetry craftsmanship is fused with upholstery. Expert cabinet makers Linley have achieved it in the Grosvenor armchair, which features a solid timber frame and ecological fibre filling.

Oliver Bonas circle gold and marble bar cart

Oliver Bonas Bamboo gold bar cart, £395. oliverbonas.com

Just add a sidecar cocktail, and a clutch of vintage champagne coupes.

Cole & Son damask gold and pink wallpaper

Cole & Son Albemarle wallpaper in Beaudelaire, £85.60 per roll. cole-and-son.com

18th-century romanticism meets bohemian influences.

Baccarat two arm crystal candelabra

Baccarat crystal Mille Nuits candelabra, £2,490. harrods.com

Candlelight couture, with a dart-shaped Baccarat crystal dangling from each arm.

Black and white art deco fan floor mat

Beaumont Black Stone Art Deco fan vinyl floormat, £105. amara.com

Not ready to go all out? Beaumont’s floor mat adds an instant slice of Art Deco fan tiling for a fraction of the price.

Soho home navy velvet curved Clovelly sofa

Soho Home Clovelly sofa in Indigo Velvet, from £2,295. sohohome.com

If midnight blue velvet doesn’t rock your world, Soho Home‘s generous three seater Clovelly is also available in an ultra-Thirties Paprika colourway.

Cire Trudo room spray bottle with gold emblem

Cire Trudon Reggio room spray, £180. selfridges.com

Notes of grapefruit, mandarin essential oil and mimosa to upgrade your dressing table.

Interiors Inspiration: 1930s Glamour

Rebecca's blue and silver room at Manderley

Rebecca (2020). Stills: Kerry Brown; Netflix

The atmospheric set design for the 2020 Netflix adaptation of Du Maurier’s novel: aquatic eau de nil and icy silvers weave together in Rebecca’s ghostly boudoir.

Hubert and Poyet thirties seating area with Art Deco wall panels and green and orange velvet seating

Humbert & Poyet, Paris

Leaning slightly towards earlier Art Nouveau influences at the turn of the century, there’s still plenty of detail by French architectural practice Humbert & Poyet in this project to commend it for a 1930s interior – monochrome fan tiling, rich greens and oranges and soft, languorous furniture curves in velvet to name just a few. humbertpoyet.com

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Grey and gold bedroom with chandelier

Stéphanie Coutas, Trocadero

In this private home in the Trocadero, interior designer Stéphanie Coutas mastered the boudoir of dreams. Silk carpets by Ambadi Enterprises Ltd, Louis XIV armchair by Collinet, custom ceiling mirror by SC Edition and Chanel two branch wall lights by Italamp. stephaniecoutas.com

Four glass perfume bottles on mirrored dressing table

Stéphanie Coutas, Place des États-Unis

Recreate your own Thirties style dressing table by combining smaller crystal decanters with perfume bottles, antiqued mirrored surfaces and vintage mismatched stoppers. stephaniecoutas.com

Art Deco style restaurant with atrium ceiling and Art Deco wall panels

Humbert & Poyet, Paris

For the Beefbar in Paris, Humbert & Poyet blended materials inspired by Art Nouveau brasseries – green tons and pattern loaded carpets – with Art Deco-feel marble, etched walls, aged and faceted mirrors, lacquered walnut and brass fittings. humbertpoyet.com

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