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The Bronze Age ranges from 3,000 B.C. to 1,300 B.C.1 For reference, this is the time period in which the Egyptians built the pyramids! The defining characteristic of this time period is the discovery of bronze; a copper and tin alloy. This in turn lead to the invention of the wheel and cloth.

Adobe Stock Image: Bronze Age Metalwork. Date: circa 2000 BC

Characteristics of a Bronze Age Home

Homes were typically round, with circular, stone walls and, you guessed it, a fireplace. Although building a completely round, modern home may not be practical, you can reflect this style through a single curved wall with exposed stone. Interestingly, in archaeological excavations, many Bronze Age homes were found to be facing the east2 – so don’t forget about some east-facing windows to catch the morning light!

Materials and Colors

The colors of this time period remain earth-toned, but towards the end of the Bronze Age, plant-based textile dyes were available in yellow, red and blue.3 Use these primary colors to accent the natural materials. Materials to use in your Bronze Age inspired home are wood, metal, stone and ceramic. Wool textiles are also a signature of this time.

Adobe Stock Image: Colorful fabric hanging to dry after traditional dye process shot in Luang Prabang, Laos
Adobe Stock Image: Texture of wool carpet light brown color

Furnishings and Decorations

With the invention of dyes, the pottery wheel and better tools, furniture in this time period became decorative as well as functional. When decorating your home, use painted ceramics, woolen floor coverings, and bronze accents. Of course, when thinking of Bronze Age art, it is best represented in the frescoes of Greece. These frescoes were made of polychrome patterns and can add color and vibrancy to your home, whether you decide on a wallpapered accent wall or some prints. Tapestries were also common at this time so don’t forget to hang some for added coziness!

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1 https://www.history.com/news/prehistoric-ages-timeline

2 https://www.ancientcraft.co.uk/Archaeology/bronze-age/bronzeage_living.html

3 https://fashion-history.lovetoknow.com/fashion-history-eras/prehistoric-textiles