Caroline Beaupere DesignTransitional Living Room, New York
Matthew Arnold Photography
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Art nouveau fireplaces. Some fireplaces in Edwardian homes have distinctive art nouveau details. This one features elegantly curved sides with a slight whiplash design carved into the wood.
Art NouveauWorking our way backward in time to the late 19th century, art nouveau was the style of the day, although it wasn’t called that at the time. Art nouveau is immediately distinguishable from art deco, thanks to the “whiplash” curves and ornate, nature-inspired designs featuring insect wings, flowers, feathers and vines.
1. Carved wood. Art nouveau artists, designers and craftsmen rejected traditional influences, moving their designs toward an original and more modern style. In the home, intricate carvings from the Victorian era gave way to a more curvilinear look, with sinuous lines and nature-inspired motifs. Get this look: Replicate the style with an updated twist by adding moldings to newer furniture. Search your local hardware store for trim pieces and apply them to flat surfaces on tables, dressers or frames. Feeling really adventurous? DIY veterans can trace an art nouveau motif onto wood and use a Dremel kit to carve out the details for an authentic period look.