The glitz and glamour of the 1920s and 30s came to an abrupt halt with the outbreak of war in 1939. The following decade saw decorating styles take on a more sentimental tone with traditional furniture, floral upholstery and prudent colours. Homes were small and practical and clutter was kept to a minimum, by a generation that was grateful for what they had.

1940sStyling by Ruth Welsby, photography by Martina Gemmola.