Art Deco Decorating Ideas

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Art Deco Decorating Ideas
Curves are a common component of Art Deco design. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Originating in Paris, art deco design achieved its heyday between the mid-1920s and 1940, gaining prominence in fashion, the art world, architecture and interior design. The style celebrated lush and high-end living through the use of sleek and streamlined designs. This lavish style died out with the arrival of World War II, as the world made sacrifices for the war effort and aimed to live more simply. However, you can decorate your home with art deco decor through the use of simple and affordable efforts.

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Shapes and Patterns

Art deco design features a collection of geometric shapes and patterns. As a result, you can select rugs, curtains or wall stencil patterns that feature such designs as chevron, checkerboard, starburst or inlaid wood patterns. The art deco style also highlights sweeping curves. You can add curves to any room in the form of crown moulding, bowl-shaped floor lamps, slip-shade light fixtures and desk lamps with shell-shaped heads. You can also implement this style via your furnishings with curved sectional couches, barrel chairs, round pedestal tables and circular ottomans.


In terms of colour, art deco-themed rooms use understated colours as their base, including tan, light brown and cream for the walls or large furnishings. Use accent colours, including bold blues, greens and purples, to spice up these neutral tones. For example, combine a beige-coloured sofa with jewel-toned throw blankets or pillows. Rich orange, red and yellow rugs can complement an earth-toned wall. Look for metallic-coloured highlights, such as silver, gold, brass and bronze, in coffee tables and chairs.

Materials and Artwork

Art deco designs were typically made from chrome, steel, glass, plastic and aluminium. Coloured or stained glass was used in light fixtures, window panes or barware. As a result, to create an art deco feel, decorate a room with figurines, statues, ashtrays, keepsake boxes, mirrors or frames made out of these materials. Complement these more modern materials with velvet and leather furnishings to give the room a lush feel. You can also include framed artwork from the era, such as classic film posters or paintings by an art deco master like Tamara de Lempicka. Art deco artwork typically features a dramatic juxtaposition of light and bold colours, as well as streamlined and angular imagery.

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