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Do you want some glitz and glamour in your life?
Are you addicted to patterns like angles, zig-zags, animal figurines, exotic prints, and starbursts (as was also mentioned in our Mid Century Modern Design Profile)?
ART DECO began in the 1920s, extended into the 1940s, and has had several resurgences.
Characterized by technological progress and prosperity, Art Deco is one of the most luxurious design styles out there.
However, Art Deco isn't just an interior design trend. It encompasses jewelry,
So, if you love the opulence, charm, and glitzy glamour of the roaring 20s; if you dressed up as a flapper last Halloween,
if you love famous skyscrapers,
and your favorite book is F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby,
"I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby's house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited — they went there."
F. Scott Fitzgerald
then it might be time for you to look into ART DECO!
With some simple tips, we'll teach what to include if you want your home to scream "1920s," "glamorous," and "glitz!"
5 Fundamentals of Art Deco Interior Design
1. Geometric Patterns
The tell-tale sign of Art Deco are geometric patterns.
Trapezoids, zig-zags, and chevrons are visible in almost every Art Deco design, like a few of our Geometric rugs display.
These angular patterns are reminiscent of the streamlined nature of the 1920s.
The growing technology industry, along with skyscrapers, inspire these recognizable geometric designs. These patterns are used in many different features of Art Deco design, from wall decor:
like this example.
And this one.
2. Foreign Influences
Back in the 1920s when Art Deco first became a big deal, people were rolling in the money. This was a period of richness and glamor before the Great Depression.
One of the things that picked up during this time was tourism. Because people had the money to spend, they traveled to Africa, Asia, and Europe, or at least included elements from foreign countries in their homes!
Art Deco has inspirations from Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and animal skins from Africa.
This room has two giraffe-print chairs, mimicking an animal skin feel. Paired with the intricate oriental rug and the geometrically patterned curtains, this space is neutral yet bold, the epitome of Art Deco!
One of the best Art Deco using foreign decor is with statuettes:
Used to decorate floors and tabletops, statuettes like the cat above bring a well-traveled and glamorous feel to a space.
Because the cat looks almost Egyptian, it is perfectly Art Deco!
The room above has a horse statue in the forefront and I can also see a few white and blue China vases and an oriental rug! This modern take on Art Deco is full of foreign influences, and it only makes the room more beautiful!
Another great way to bring in Art Deco flavor is with an antique oriental rug. Bringing in the Asian influence is a luxurious way to add Art Deco flavor to your home!
This room is a bit too glitz for me, but the oriental rug stands out as a base, something to catch the eye and draw it away from the confusing mess that's going on around it.
The patchwork rug above ties the greens together, creating a classic, cohesive design.
Here are some great rugs that would work in an Art Deco space.
Like the rug in the photo above, this green Overdyed antique rug would bring a worldly, unique feel to an Art Deco space.
I chose this rug because the gold, coral, and blue are very Art Deco. I like the intricate design of this rug, the organic nature of the pattern.
It would look perfect in Jay Gatsby's mansion!
This black and white Ikat rug would fit in perfect with a minimalist Art Deco design.
Because of the simple pattern and the bold shapes in this rug, it would work well in the 1920s!
3. Black and White
Art Deco design is fundamentally minimalist, and even though bright colors are used in moderation, the most common palette is black and white.
This bathroom pairs a clean black and white color scheme with gold finishes.
The grouping of black, white, and gold is especially glamorous, and this wallpaper has so much beautiful texture!
I adore this black and white Art Deco inspired kitchen!
This space is very minimalist and uses bold lines and patterns to create that Art Deco feel.
Though black and white is the most popular Art Deco trend, there are many Art Deco designs that include color as well!
Popular colors included in Art Deco are green, peacock blue, and deep purple.
This lounge space pairs the classic black and white with a strong lime green.
The bold black and white floors and the gold toned lines of molding create a totally geometrical look.
This room uses a soft purple and maintains the luxurious feel of art deco design.
With the geometrical, mirror-surface table, the gold accents and the oriental rug, this room is a more feminine take on Art Deco.
Speaking of mirrors...
4. Mirrors and Metallics
One of the most versatile Art Deco accessories is the mirror.
Art Deco mirrors come in various shapes, inspired by the patterns I talked about above.
Mirrored surfaces, as well as mirrors hung on the wall, give a diamond-like quality to a room, adding glitz to the design.
This simple mirror is thoroughly Art Deco. The shape is recognizable and iconic, and it would be a great way to add some subtle Art Deco flair to your space.
This huge mirror makes the room above feel much bigger and more elegant. I love how the mirror incorporates geometrical patterns and ties into the black in the rest of the room.
5. Glass and Chrome Lighting
One of my favorite aspects of Art Deco style is the beautiful lighting fixtures. Many of them are made out of glass and chrome because chrome was a relatively new material when Art Deco design began.
Art Deco lighting fixtures also feature geometrical shapes and many of them have the layered look of the light above.
Another layered light, this fixture uses dark metal to create an Art Deco design.
These chandeliers are definitely my favorite Art Deco pieces I've discovered! I love their layered look, almost like flowers, but still geometric. They are very elegant and classy and look lovely paired together.
6. Large Scale Furniture
Much of the furniture used in original Art Deco design was largely scaled. People felt like they could afford larger furniture, so they bought it!
This high-backed sofa is a beautiful statement piece in the room above. I love how simple and streamlined the lines and color are. Even if you're afraid of big furniture, how could you resist this neutral beauty?
The chairs particularly stick out to me in the room above. I'm not a fan of the taupe, but I love the unique, elegant shape of the chairs and sofas.
These sofas are more retro than the ones above, but their large scale and the rest of the decor in the room definitely makes them Art Deco! Not to mention, they're totally gold (notice the statue on the fireplace? It looks Greek, right? Foreign influences!)!