Art Deco Home Decorating

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Art Deco Home Decorating
Architecture in the Art Deco style has clean lines. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Art Deco is a good choice for those who appreciate simplicity and a retro feel -- and a good choice for modern-style living spaces, Art Deco originated in France and drew its name from the Paris exposition of industrial and decorative arts of 1925. The style was influenced by Neoclassicism and Oriental styles, as well as cubism. Incorporating an Art Deco feel into your home doesn't require much and, with a good eye, you can find a lot of lamps, mirrors and other Art Deco pieces in antique shops or even yard sales.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Uncover your floors. In the 1920s, linoleum was quite popular. Today it reminds people of cheap flooring, so it's best to use the floors you have -- any good-quality floorboard. The linoleum was often the black and white checkerboard look or some other geometric pattern. You could easily use a patterned rug to recreate this effect.

  2. 2

    Keep your walls plain, but add a touch that is distinctively Art Deco --- stencil in a border or corner motifs in a different colour. This is like a faux moulding.

  3. 3

    Use coloured glass wall sconces in geometric shapes or patterns. Lighting is a key element in the Art Deco design scheme. Adding long fringe, tassels or beads to lampshades is a good way to add this flair.

  4. 4

    Keep your window coverings simple and understated -- a drape wrapped loosely around a wide curtain rod or simple curtains with a straight or stepped pelmet over the top. Use slatted blinds.

  5. 5

    Hang mirrors without frames. Round mirrors or geometric shapes will complement the decor.

  6. 6

    Decorate with reproduction posters from the Art Deco era. Keep these in a simple black frame to add instant pizazz to your space.

  7. 7

    Keep a potted palm tree in the main living space. A big glossy black pot is a good choice for this.

  8. 8

    Use furniture pieces that have straight lines. Many pieces at the time were made with rare and expensive woods or had lacquered finishes.

Tips and warnings

  • Other details to add to the style are items with birds --- flamingos in particular were quite popular --- lilies, panthers and palms.

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