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The Bauhaus style puts the individualistic artistic vision first and seeks to combine beautiful aesthetics with comfort and functionality. This style doesn’t turn its nose up at mass production like other popular design styles, but instead enlists it to create gorgeous, unexpected designs that make any dull room shine bright.
What is Bauhaus all about?
The basic Bauhaus principle is: “form follows function”, meaning that the pieces used in the decor should be as adaptable and comfortable as possible for the user. Often, rooms designed in this style can be adapted to different needs in a heartbeat as part of the style’s clever planning.
The Bauhaus style has a fascinating history. Walter Gropius founded Bauhaus in 1919’s Germany, a school of arts that included design, architecture, and different crafts. Its goal was to be a professional art center for the greatest artists of the time. The school was a great success, with talented teachers and students alike.
It went on to have a massive effect on different industries. Ensuing developments in art, architecture, graphic design, industrial design, and typography all relied heavily on the Bauhaus style. It’s no wonder, then, that this style has been a huge success from the 1919’s and onwards.
Here at Redecor, we’ve collected 5 incredible tips to help you design with the Bauhaus style in mind:
Tip #1: What a curveball!
The Bauhaus style often utilizes curved edges for a sleek and sophisticated feel.
For example, furniture would feature chrome metal pipes that curve at the corners. Buildings have rounded corners, and sometimes even rounded walls! The Bauhaus style goes for simple geometric shapes such as rectangles and spheres as well, without dipping into elaborate decorations.
The materials this style favors are tubular steel, glass, plywood, plastic, and concrete, which were considered groundbreaking in the interior design world of the 1920s.
Because this style values functionality above all else, these materials were often used to produce furniture that’s built of modules so it can be set in many different ways for maximum comfort and versatility.
Tip #2: Think clean!
Bauhaus is one of the cleanest, most streamlined decor styles out there. Imagine a mix of mid-century modern, minimalism, and industrial style - and you get Bauhaus.
It's really about reducing things down to their most basic elements and using those shapes and outlines in your designs. In the home-interior world, this translates to the use of clean lines and smooth surfaces, exquisite geometric shapes, and a vehement lack of ornaments.
Clean is always better when it comes to Bauhaus. Less is most certainly more.
Tip #3: Don’t judge a book by its cover, or a house by its exterior
It's a bit of an unconventional statement when it comes to design - but you’ll soon understand why it applies to this innovative decor style. Bauhaus-style exteriors are known for their extremely neutral tones - whites, blacks, and grays. Concrete and metal accents are often used too, but all exist within the same standard neutrality.
The insides, however, are an entirely different matter! Yellow, red, blue (and sometimes even silver or pink!) come in through pops of colors, creating extremely fun, lively spaces that hint at their modernness.
Primary colors are incorporated through accessories, whether it be artwork, vases, rugs, or sometimes even an accent wall. This applies to textiles as well - block patterns, geometric shapes, and pops of bright colors are a shoo-in in this unique style.
You’d never guess such a colorful inside awaits from an outward glance!
Tip # 4: Sleek and slender wins the race
Furniture is often lightweight, plastic or leather-clad, with gorgeous straight legs and multifunctional designs. The furniture itself has a clear, streamlined geometric shape, and is comfortable and easy to use. Its color can vary anywhere from bright yellows and reds to dark sophisticated leather.
Furniture is a huge part of the Bauhaus overall design style, as it is so minimalistic there aren’t many ornaments or accessories to rely on.
The lighting is smooth and contemporary as well, displaying delicate curves and lines. Ceilings are high and roofs are often flat to create an air of minimalism in the space.
Tip #5: Let’s sum it up!
Here are all the key features of the Bauhaus decor style. Try using these tips on your next Redecor Challenge to achieve that wonderful contemporary look!
No extra decorations
Curved chrome furniture
Functionality above all else
Soft lights with delicate curves and lines
Calm colors for the exterior
Bright, colorful accents
Geometric shapes in artwork and furniture
Color-blocks in textiles
A mix mid-century modern, minimalism and industrial style
Also, at Redecor, we have created a few examples that can help you mix & match the new Bauhaus materials. Check out the inspiration below!