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Art Deco was ultra modern in its day and key features – such as feathers, fringing, geometric shapes, symmetrical patterns, curved lines and shapes such as shells, chevrons and sunbursts – popped up on everything from clothing to interior designs.
Living in an Art Deco house has ignited my passion for all thing Great Gatsby-esque and I’m probably one of the few people that watch Peaky Blinders and old episodes of Poirot purely for the interior aesthetics.
When I started researching the Art Deco movement, I was both surprised and delighted to discover just how flamboyant some of the interiors were back in the 1920s and '30s. Along with monochrome and sleek lines, there were also lots of bright, bold colours, animal prints together with gold and mirror finishes – I love that whole luxurious and glamourous look.
I like to design with a nod to the past but its important for me to get the look whilst creating it in a fresh and modern way. I don’t want to create schemes that look like they belong in a museum or a time capsule.
Obviously I am a maximalist and I will always have a “more is more” attitude to design but I have also seen some fairly minimalist designs taking on aspects of Art Deco style recently too. So whether you want to bring a teeny bit of deco glam detail to your interiors or really go for it and embrace all things deco, this guide will show you how to get started…
Adding colour the Art Deco way
Colour can be transformative in any space and it’s the cheapest thing you can do in a room that will create the most impact. I’m a massive colour lover and some of the colours that were popular in the roaring 20s are still beautiful and relevant today. Hues of peach, grey, rose, blue and yellow were all key colours both in fashion choices and interior design and can provide a glam backdrop in modern day spaces.
Monochrome schemes can be extremely chic. I absolutely love a black and white stripe design and anything zebra print. Add in a bright chartreuse and you have a winning combination right there.
This black and white stripe wallpaper from Graham and Brown would look amazing as a feature wall, all over in a bathroom or even a downstairs loo!
Go glam with Art Deco-inspired wallpapers
Love it or hate it, wallpaper can have a place in most modern homes. Wallpaper can be as bold or a subtle as you wish so whether you are looking to make a big bold statement or simply want to add some subtle pattern in your room, there is a wallpaper out there to suit everybody’s taste. Wallpaper is also super durable and can last longer than any paint job so it is great for high traffic areas in the home.
I have picked out a few delicious wallpapers that are inspired by Art Deco but with a modern twist.
I love this cat-itude design by Divine Savages
Arches, curves and symmetry were all key elements of design in the 1920s and they still have a place today. This geometric curve wallpaper would look amazing on a ceiling – ceilings are the fifth wall after all so don’t neglect them.
Try the Bella design for just £12 a roll
If you don’t want to go full throttle with an Art Deco inspired wallpaper, you could always introduce some Art Deco inspired prints instead. Replica travel posters and Vogue magazine front covers can look really beautiful. And of course, the iconic Tamara de Lempica prints are a total design classic.
A contemporary take on Art Deco furniture
For Art Deco-inspired furniture, think velvet scalloped back cocktail chairs, feather lamps and brass and glass circular bar carts. In my eyes, most successful interior schemes evolve over time. They incorporate vintage with modern, plain with patterns, lots of different textures and various metals such as brass, marble or chrome. All this combined adds interest and is a feast for the eyes.
There are some really fantastic pieces of furniture around at the moment that are inspired by the shapes and materials of the Art Deco period, with lots of geometric shapes with mirrors and glass together, alongside metals such as gold, silver and brass.
Swoon's brass sideboard is giving me all the Deco vibes
And I’ve got a lot of leopard love for this footstool
Stylish lighting to transport you back to the twenties
It’s easy to transport yourself back in time with some fabulous lighting, polished chrome and glass ceiling lights with gold and brass accents, simple geometric and clean symmetrical shapes.
Although the Art Deco period only lasted around 20 years, reproduction light fittings from the Deco age are still a popular choice for lighting in contemporary interiors.
Add some gold in your life with this beautiful figurine lamp
Add Gatsby drama with accessories
Accessories are a great way to pull an interiors scheme together to give a polished and finished look. Surrounding ourselves with beautiful and useful objects is nice but we also want to add interest, texture and form to our spaces. In a neutral or monochrome scheme accessories can add much needed pops of colour or they can be used to tie in other colours in the room.
Accessories can also add softness and texture so think about adding plants, flowers, books, throws and rugs to create a cosy yet luxurious vibe.
Vases either filled with flowers or greenery will add softness to your room. These shell designs are a particular favourite of mine
This Zebra Ginger jar will make a statement
Made's modern sculptural artwork has a nod to the simplistic Art Deco style
This mirror has a lovely Art Deco silhouette
And these silky cushions will give any sofa a luxurious edge
Don't for get that scale is important when you're making the final additions to any room. When styling accessories make sure you have things at different heights and sizes. Layering is key to producing a design that is rich and full of depth and don’t forget to make sure that you place different materials next to each other.
Interior designers like odd numbers so try to style things in threes or fives. This tricks the eye and makes things appear more visually appealing.
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