The decade of the 1930s was tough for many Americans dealing with the Depression, but despite the economic downturn, many homemakers did what they had always done: Take care of their homes. There were rugs to beat, biscuits to bake, and curtains to sew. The styles here show the range of various during the 30s.
Modern design caught up with middle class housewives, so streamlined modern is mixed with the popular American styles. Nesting is never more important than when times are tough. Resourceful, thrifty homemakers were able to turn many a sow's ear into silk purses.
Note the change in styles from the traditional to the modern as the decade progressed. Though the 1920s are often called "roaring", the 1930s are marked by a design revolution.
Photos, illustrations, and advertising from old magazines and books capture the style and color schemes of the era.
Thirties interior design styles for living room, kitchen and bath by Gordon-Van Tine.