The Oxford dictionary’s definition of Kitsch - “Art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way”.
Love it or hate it, Kitsch has its place in the design world. Many could argue that all design is Kitsch as it is subjective but there are some identifiable pieces including animated figurines, pineapple ice buckets, and flying ducks on the wall that can only be Kitsch. Often associated with the 1950’s, fabric colours were bright red, yellow, lime green and bubble gum pink.
Animal prints whether it was throws or cushions were also a familiar sight along with geometric or abstract patterns. Knik-knacks of all kinds can be included in this eclectic mix of furnishings as the essence of Kitsch is garishness. With no real rules to follow you can enrich your life with Kitsch by simply adding bold colour, pattern and odd ornaments to create your very own Kitsch style.
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