As it emphasizes geometric forms, the Art Deco interior design style is defined by spheres, polygons, zigzags, and sunburst motifs, with the elements arranged in symmetrical patterns. Materials frequently used in the construction of the furniture are aluminum, stainless steel, chrome, and plastics. Stained glass, inlays, and lacquer can also be seen in Art Deco interiors.
Egyptian pyramids, sphinxes, and animal skins and prints, as well as ivory and mother of pearl are also commonly seen in Art Deco interior design. In the US, the best-known examples of Art Deco architecture are the skyscrapers in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. One example of Art Deco architecture is the Chrysler Building in New York.
The art deco design style was first popularized in France after World War I, and became known internationally in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Its popularity declined during World War II and resurged during the 1960’s. The style combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. Art Deco is often characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes, and extravagant decoration.
In Art Deco interior design, furniture and lighting fixtures should work together with the architectural details to create that shiny, sleek look that is associated with Art Deco. Art Deco furnishings and lighting fixtures feature a glossy and luxurious appearance.
Furniture pieces used have curved edges, geometric shapes, and clean lines, and use glossy and shiny with inlaid wood and reflective finishes. Woods used include Brazilian rosewood, ebony, birds-eye maple, and light maple veneers.
Lighting fixtures often make use of the stacked geometric patterns and are made from polished bronze, chrome, or steel. Most common Art Deco lighting fixtures include ceiling lights, floor lamps, table lamps, and wall sconces as they create the right mood and a flattering, sultry glow. There’s something special about an Art Deco-inspired light fixture — you just know it when you see it! Emphasizing geometric forms and metals, it is easy to see that this style is very much current and on-trend now. We see geometrics everywhere these days — fabrics, furniture, etc. And brass is very much the new normal and favored metal in everyday room design. Mixing these shapes and materials in new ways creates modern accessories that lend themselves back to the days of Art Deco. Classics never go out of style!
The most common color themes in Art Deco are mainly metallic colors, neutral colors, bright colors, and black and white. In Art Deco interior design, the primary colors used are silver, gold, metallic blue, charcoal gray, and platinum. The metallic colors give emphasis and life to the geometrical shapes that defines Art Deco.
Unlike Art Nouveau and its organic motifs, Art Deco deviated from many traditional classical influences and incorporated more streamlined geometric forms and metallic colors. Art Deco is one of the first interior decorating styles to focus on new technologies and materials.
As Historian Bevis Hillier defined it, Art Deco is “an assertively modern style that ran to symmetry rather than asymmetry, and to the rectilinear rather than the curvilinear; it responded to the demands of the machine and of new material and the requirements of mass production.” However, Art Deco is still somehow influenced by Art Nouveau in terms of motifs depicting nature.
Art Deco fireplaces are often constructed from concrete, either made from iron or marble that is cut to geometrical designs that create a linear look that represents the Art Deco design style. As for the floors, parquet wooden floors with a polished finish create an Art Deco feel. Linoleum floors with an abstract design also work, as well as black and white vinyl tiles.
Mirrors are also a significant Art Deco accessory. Mirrors made of nickel, chrome, or silver are decorated with motifs of deer, peacocks, roses, or geometric shapes. Other Art Deco accessories are also streamlined in design. Bronze sculptures are sleek covered with colored or pearl beads. Door handles are molded of nickel, chrome, or silver and have woodsy or chevron shapes.
Generally, the surfaces of Art Deco Interiors are sleek and clean. Velour and leather are used extensively to give a simple sleek look, while wood veneers add depth to wood pieces.
If you are looking for a sophisticated, luxurious, classic yet modern style for your home or space that will always be on trend, you can never go wrong with Art Deco and its streamlined, geometric style. Art Deco borders on bold and flashy. It gives a futuristic vibe yet maintains a fundamental elegance.