History of Bird Motifs in Home Decorating

Decorating with birds may seem like a modern trend. In fact, the use of avian motifs dates back much farther than you may think. Here we have gathered a quick history of the use of avian friends in home decorating trends along with favorite bird themed options available at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.
Bird Trivet Set
Going Back in Time

Bird motifs on pottery, tapestries and paper were popular in the 17th century. Ornate designs emphasizing fantastical imagery focusing on life as it was perceived, with exaggerated whimsical features, soft colors and bucolic scenes. Flowers, vines and swirling shapes were popularized on wallpaper and tapestries used at this time. Rhapsody Lace Curtains feature a form of this whimsical imagery, with blooming flowers and delicate lace creating a soft, inviting appeal. Tree Trivet enhances the same quaint appeal, with symmetrical shapes and elegant scrolls culminating in a sweet bird perched on top. Bird Scroll Table Lamp evokes those same pastoral sensations.

Tree Trivet
Rhapsody Lace Tier White Bird Scroll Table Lamp

Birdcage Magnet Chalkboard 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 wealthier folks. Viewed as exotic, rare and difficult to obtain, owning a birdcage, more importantly one with birds on display, was a way to enhance your status. Not interested in having live birds in your home? Birdcage Magnet Chalkboard evokes sensations of times gone by with its fleur-de-lis top and scrolled metal accents. Bird Cages and Flowers Wall Border will enhance any space in your home with fanciful charm, adding color and interest to a wall.

Bird Cages and Flowers Wall Border

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. Maine artist Tracy Lizotte features two sweet owls spending some quality time together on a lichen covered tree in Owl Smooch Print. Nowadays birds can be seen accenting many items around the home, from items like Birds on Phone Pillow to lamps and more. Focus is more on realistic imagery, use of popular textiles such as burlap and woven cotton with screen printed imagery and trendy colors that work well with various styles.

Owl Smooch Print
Birds on Phone Line Pillow

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