Birds in Home Decorating
|Decorating with birds may seem like a modern trend, while in fact, the use of avian motifs dates back to prehistoric times. Here we have gathered history snippets of the use of our avian friends in home decorating trends along with some favorite bird themed options available at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.|
Going Back in Time
Bird motifs on pottery, tapestries and paper were popular in the 17th century. Ornate designs focused on life and emphasized fantastical imagery, with exaggerated whimsical features, soft colors and bucolic scenes. Flowers, vines and swirling shapes were popularized on wallpaper and tapestries used at this time. Our Bird Lace Runner features a form of this whimsical imagery, with trailing vines and delicate lace creating a soft, inviting appeal. The Tree Trivet enhances the same quaint appeal, with symmetrical shapes and elegant scrolls culminating in a sweet bird perched on top, and the Bird Scroll Table Lamp evokes pastoral sensations.
|Moving Into the Victorian Age|
By the time the Victorian age arrived, bird cages, or aviaries - larger cages allowing for free-flight - were becoming common household items for wealthy individuals and families.
Viewed as exotic, rare and difficult to obtain, owning a birdcage, especially one with birds on display, was a way to enhance your status. Bird Cages and Flowers Wall Border or the Handmade Bird Print Lamp will enhance any space in your home with fanciful charm and added color.
Jumping Forward to Modern Time
In the 1970's, owls became increasingly popular along with bold color and macrame. Today, owls are just as trendy, offering folk art, woodland and natural appeal for home decorators. Birds can be seen accenting many items around the home, from items such as pillows and chair pads, to lamps, night lights and more. The focus is more on realistic imagery; the use of popular textiles such as burlap and woven cotton with screen printed imagery and colors that work well with various styles.