Art Deco style was born in France before the First World War, but it reached the mainstream by the 1920s and was a style phenomenon in the Western world. It’s never really died, but today it’s experiencing a booming renaissance in popularity.
Art Deco is memorable for dramatic and brooding décor, with a range of luxury textures from gloss to suede, with glamorous spotlighting and highlighting colours in white or metallic.
Strong geometric shapes are a key feature of Art Deco design. Often in heavy contrasting colours or warm metallic tones, they are usually fine, clear, and a key feature of an Art Deco room.
Art Deco had its main period of popularity during the Jazz Age, when money and luxury depicted success as a result of the American Dream. Entertaining was popular for the upper classes, and the way to show your worth was to put this into your interior design. You can achieve a similar style by incorporating lots of luxury textures and ornate furniture into your home, from soft drapes to hard wooden tables and chairs.
Metallic colours feature so heavily in Art Deco, mainly because of the nod it gives to precious and expensive metals such as gold, bronze, and platinum. You can’t go wrong with metallic accents in wallpaper, soft furnishings, or ornaments in any Art Deco room.
Art Deco is a popular trend worldwide. It’s striking and bold, and for those reasons it may not be the best personal choice for you. Soften your Art Deco and give it a contemporary twist by reducing the starkness of the colour contrasts and adding more light and openness to a room.