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An Introduction to Art Deco Design

The Art Deco style embraces lively colors, details, and distinctive geometric shapes. Design enthusiasts love how it dresses the space in luxury and elegance while adding a touch of individuality. This style is rather brave and bold and definitely not ideal for the fainthearted. In this post, we reveal more about the history, characteristics, and implementation of Art Deco.

History

Art Deco enjoyed massive popularity from 1925 until the 1940s, with a comprehensive implementation that wasn’t limited to interior design. The main features were vivid colors, geometric shapes, and smooth lines, reflecting the modern technologies popular at that time. This style found its way to fashion, architecture, crafts, paintings, graphics, and more. 

The Art Deco style was considered luxurious, embracing select materials such as ivory, jade, crystal, and silver. However, things took another direction after the Depression. The style embraced more affordable materials, offering the middle class an elegant and functional design style.

Recognizable art deco features (from Houzz)
Recognizable Art Deco features (from Houzz)

Use of color

Deep jewel tones and polished finishes add a touch of luxury and elegance to a space. If you love minimalism and neutral colors, you probably won’t be keen on Art Deco. This design style embraces bold color palettes that make a courageous statement. Blue, red, green, and yellow are signature colors of Art Deco, coming in a shiny finish for a lavish look. 

Furniture shape

The Art Deco style favors a specific furniture shape that radiates elegance. The body of the furniture tends to be curvy, with angled legs for a sophisticated look. The pieces come with shiny metal accents and polished finishes. When it comes to size, the larger, the better. This style embraces oversized furniture that makes a statement. However, being mindful of proportions guarantees a tasteful look.

Think of angular armchairs as an excellent way to create a conversational area in the living room. Their chunky appearance fits the Art Deco spirit, while the busy patterns complement the space. 

The decor plays a crucial role in defining the space, with nude female figures and animals as common themes. Metal finishes such as silver and chrome are prevalent, as well as natural materials like jade and ivory. The sunburst motif is another signature aesthetic of Art Deco, coming in decorative mirrors and elegant light fixtures. 

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Golden hardware is a signature feature (from Houzz)
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Framed mirrors are a must for art deco design (from BHG)

Patterns

The style relies on unique geometric patterns to bring character to the space. While the use of pattern is pretty common, the mix-and-match approach is a signature feature of Art Deco. The chevron print is a popular choice for throw pillows, area rugs, and wallpaper. Zig-zag and trapezoid patterns are another way to add visual interest. However, make sure to stay away from plaid and floral prints since these don’t fit the style.

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Elegant Art Deco bedroom (from Houzz)
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Upscale bedroom with dark accent wall (from Unsplash)
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Unique light fixtures in Art Deco style (from Unsplash)
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Luxurious Art Deco bedroom (from Unsplash)
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Modern bedroom with Art Deco vibes (from Unsplash)
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Jewel tones and golden details (from Soho Lighting)
Kristina Shestakova
Kristina is a home decor enthusiast that loves to share practical tips. With more than 5 years in the interior design content writing niche, she has lots to share. She is obsessed with Pinterest, looking for the most creative ideas for your inspiration. Hopefully, this will motivate you to create the home you always wanted.

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