Understanding the iconic Art Deco interiors

Often the fluidity translates to changing as different influences and inspirations flow in. With the change in eras, trends, and needs of the customers or even as waves of different art movements come in, the architecture and design also changes to accommodate a newer perspective. 

This is exactly how the art deco style of interior design came into being. It begins simply from the Deco movement of design which took over the world around the 1920’s and continued to prevail over the next two decades.

The Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes or The International Exhibition of modern Decorative and industrial arts which was held in Paris in 1925 is known to be a landmark event for announcing the deco movement to the world. 

The deco movement specifically had a lot of influence on the field of interior design giving rise to the art deco style of interior design. Opulent, vibrant and absolutely mesmerizing, art deco themed interiors are a great way to elevate the design of any space with ease. 

Here are some features of art deco interior design to help you ace the look: 

BURST WITH COLOR

 

Colors and vibrance are a vital part of the art deco interior design. The era that it draws from was all about opulence designs achieved through the use of deep and bold colors balanced with subtle nudes.

Whether you wish to strike a balance through contrast or go all out with bold shades, the colors of this style can transform the environment of any space. Looking at the bolder colors, hues of pink, blue, red, yellow and greens are rather prominent in this style. Bright and vibrant colors help create a peppy and fun environment which is crucial to this style.

For a more subtle alternative, the neutral hues of the art deco style run mostly in the beige and cream shades, mostly in the lighter end of the spectrum to maintain the bright and glam factor which is crucial to this style.

You could make a statement with bright colors, strike a symphony with lighter contrasts or go for a subtle glam. No matter what your style is, a hue of art deco can fit it just right. 

 

MAKE IT POP WITH PATTERNS 

 

Prints and patterns are a classic in the art deco style. They were used as a way to utilize art to create definition in spaces and give them a little something different. There are two main types of prints and patterns that work well for this style. First and foremost are the all time classic animal prints.

Animal print pieces are a must have to truly have the art deco style. Whether you choose to incorporate it into your furniture, your decor, furnishings or even through wall design, such prints give off a luxe vibe. In particular, exotic animal prints were well celebrated in this style of interior design so patterns such as that replicating zebra skin, cheetah skin, tiger stripes etc are a recurring feature.

Alongside the animal prints, vibrant tropical prints representing greenery and forestry have also been a huge part of this style and can be used. For a more different, and truly deco perspective, geometric prints are the way to go.

Clean geometric prints signifying a balance of bright and light colors are also characteristic to the art deco style. In particular, patterns such as fans, sunburst, jagged lines, trapezoids and zig zag patterns can help nail the art deco look to perfection. 

 

LUXE UP THE FURNITURE 

 

Extravagance, luxury and elaborate silhouettes is what art deco furniture is all about. The style as it focuses on indulgent designs and material to communicate reiterate the luxurious vibe that this style attempts to create.

To do so, elaborate and upholstered furniture has been used a lot in this style and for all the right reasons. Upholstered furniture apart from being very comfortable, can be given a luxurious makeover with the kind of fabrics one picks. For the art deco to shine through soft and textured fabrics are the best way to achieve that.

You could look into satins, velvet, crushed velvet, animal/tropical print fabrics, especially ones that have a shiny finish to them matching the art deco theme. Apart from upholstered furniture, the other pieces you choose must follow the art deco rule of geometric and neat shapes.

Preferably go for furniture that even if simple in color has some chromatic elements that highlight extravagance so as to keep the vibe going. 

 

GO GRAND WITH LIGHTING

 

Since the art deco design is all about luxury and grandeur, it needs to show in the lighting as well. Be it the lighting hues or the fixtures you choose, lighting has a huge impact on the design.

This style has a very particular way of approaching lighting fixtures. The love for geometric features must shine through in the lights as well with preference given to clean geometric figures or patterns encasing a light beautifully.  Infact, if one looks at art deco fixtures they are much like the modern fixtures in the sense that they are neat and edgy, the ideal pick.

Further, to build upon the art deco theme the materials used for lighting fixtures can also be switched up to items like opal glass, lacquered glass or chromatic materials so as to give it a unique sheen. Such materials can help add a bit of flair even to the simplest of designs.

You can also choose to experiment with different hues of lighting. While the central focus must eb warm toned lights, adding a bit of colored lights here and there can also prove to be helpful in making the theme the star of the show. 

 

SHINE AND GLOSS, EVERYWHERE!

 

Shiny and glossy finishes are characteristic to the art deco style. Eleven the simplest materials with a little sheen can be transformed into the glossy feature that your art deco space needs.

There’s a lot of different ways to add that shine to any design. For starters, mirrors are a great way to achieve the ott chromatin look. Whether you choose to go for mirror decals, an accent wall decked up in mirror or simply furniture pieces that have a mirror finish, each of these elements can help amp up the glam factor of the space.

Apart from mirrors, you can also invest in decor and furniture pieces that have a lacquered finish. Be it wood or be it metal, the lacquered or chromatic finish can give it an extra shine to match the art deco vibe well. 

 

SPRUCE UP THE FLOOR

 

Amidst the glitz and shine, there is no way to leave the flooring behind. The very foundation of a space is the flooring one picks, and art deco takes a unique twist on it. The art deco style calls for the pattern and edgy approach to be taken even when designing the floors.

One of the most popular and stunning ideas is the typical black and white floors with a unique pattern. Be it the timeless checkered or a unique zigzag pattern, the black and white combo sits well anywhere and everywhere. Even if you wish to step away from tiles to simpler options such as wooden or stone floors, you can seek inspiration from different patterns such as parquet, sunburst, cube or herringbone to switch up the look.

It is essential to give preference to more glossy finish floorings over simple ones so as to maintain the art deco vibe. You can also go for a diy mirror floor to go truly glam with the vibe. Even if you wish to keep the flooring simple, the rugs and carpets you use can be ones of art deco prints to channel the vibe best. 


Overall, the art deco interior design is nothing short of stunning. Bursting with colors, prints and full of glitz and glam, this style can fit a restaurant, store, mall, home just about anything to give it a unique edge. This style, to this day, is well appreciated and its elements retained in the modern interior design making it both a relevant and practical pick. Try out the above tips to channel the glam vibe of art deco in your space!



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