Antique furniture dating back to the 1930s may have the Art Deco look. This look has streamlined geometric shapes, which include wood furniture with chrome hardware waterfall fronts or glass tops.
Because America was heading into the throes of the Great Depression at the time, furniture in the 1930s had to be unique yet cost effective. This meant that furniture, for the first time in history, was typically mass-produced, and inexpensive materials such as nickel and chrome were commonly used. Furniture in the 1930s saw a new trend in tubular steel, and this trend lasted for decades.
Furniture in the 1930s was lighter in color than furniture in the preceding decade. Rather than dark wood tones, furniture came in various colors including cream, ivory, pastels, greens and reds. Many people used mirrors on different walls to give their homes a more open look.
Another style popular in the 1930s was called Art Moderne. This look featured streamlined furniture with minimalist styling and little in the way of ornaments. As the trend caught on, furniture manufacturers began building furniture with aerodynamic shapes and glossy finishes, and even homes' architectural stylings took on some of the furniture's futuristic characteristics. Sleek furniture combined with white walls and cabinetry were typical of this unique look.