Art Deco has blossomed back to life in the last few years, and it makes sense. This unique style appeals to many homeowners because it works beautifully with a broad range of home styles. Why? Because it isn’t limited to one feature or trait.
We often recognize Art Deco by its round, rectangular, and triangular shapes (i.e., the Chrysler Building), but it is much more than that. This design from the 1920s picks up on the glitziness of the era using elegant, jeweled details. It also combines its geometric shapes and spots of glam with rich colors and appealing patterns in warm and inviting ways that tell a playful story without feeling pretentious. It is rich and elegant, yet warm and inviting – even fun. In short, it’s beauty without the attitude.
Art Deco’s geometry and richness also complement other styles ranging from traditional to modern, and it solves some nagging issues with these styles. If a traditional home feels old and stuffy, Art Deco brings a fresh modern touch and adds visual interest without sacrificing warmth and movement. If a modern home feels cold and stark, Art Deco adds softness and intriguing design details for a friendlier and more inviting feel without feeling busy.
For all of these reasons, Art Deco was a hit when it came out in the 1920s, and the same traits have made it popular again 100 years later. While traditional and modern styles have changed in some ways since then, Art Deco still brings its unique balance of elegance and warm comfort to these styles. It also does it in some fun new ways, and that’s what makes it so fun.
Pops of Elegance
For glitz, we see more chrome and mirror finishes alongside marble, exotic woods, and rich materials like velvet but in more vibrant color contrasts. Shiny details are sometimes included as decorative accents in furniture and accessories for jeweled touch or used to create the entire piece.
A good example of this in action is lighting. From sconces and table lamps in clean, cylindrical, rectangular, and round shapes to dripping chandeliers that feel like 1920s necklaces, Art Deco lighting gleams every room of a home.
A theme of water was often part of Art Deco design, represented in ceiling murals, wall treatments, and upholstery colors. This trend continues into 2023 but with richer, more vibrant colors and stronger contrasts. New takes on aquas and teals bring a deeper, more elegant feel, while delicious complimentary colors like lavender and raspberry work with these water tones to create an engaging visual story throughout a room.
What Goes Round Comes Round
Yes, Art Deco has come full circle, which is fitting because circular shapes are one of Art Deco’s most notable traits. Today you can find fully round patterns in rugs, lighting, and tables. Half-circles were also popular. Arched patterns have taken shape everywhere, including hallway ceilings, doorways, kitchen islands, chairs, sofas, side tables, and consoles. All of these curves create coziness in spaces while also improving flow.
Get Busy with It
Since Art Deco blends with many design styles, it is an easy choice for eclectic homes. You can happily mix and match to your heart’s content. Sometimes the contrasts can serve to bring out even more of the beauty of each piece.
From tables and accent chairs to lamps and full dinnerwear, Art Deco designs can be readily found and complement anything nearby.
Art Deco’s characteristics of symmetrical, angled, and intersecting shapes work wonderfully as wallpaper. Choose from vibrant colors and patterns and gold and silver tones that create an engaging backdrop to softer creams and tone-on-tone colors for a quieter elegance and everything in between.
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