How to Decorate in Art Deco Style

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How to Decorate in Art Deco Style
Art Deco utilises a distinct set of colours and patterns. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Art Deco was an aesthetic style that emerged following World War I and endured throughout World War II. It was an outgrowth of Art Nouveau and English aesthetic styles that also drew inspiration from Chinese and Japanese styles to create a novel form of architecture and design. Though Art Deco is no longer en vogue, you can recreate this distinct style of decor in your own home.

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  • Linoleum flooring
  • Furnishings
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    Install patterned linoleum floors. Linoleum was still novel in the Art Deco era and came in lively styles. Look especially for geometric patterns such as checkerboard.

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    Incorporate glass and chrome lighting pieces for illumination. Art Deco lamps tend toward clean, simple lines, such as fan or bowl shapes. Figurine-style lamp bases are also quintessentially Art Deco.

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    Pick a polychromatic colour palette for furnishings and walls. Classic Art Deco colours include light yellow, purple, orange and mahogany. Use black for accents and lines.

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    Incorporate ornamentation and accessories that were popular in the Art Deco period. Adorn rooms with accessories having an Eastern or "exotic" motif, such as those showing scenes or figures from ancient Egypt or the Far East. Female nudes were another Art Deco motif. Starburst or zigzag patterns were widely used.

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    Furnish rooms with velvet and leather pieces. Emphasise furnishings that have rounded corners and light-coloured woodwork.

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