Style Guides: Art Deco

September 23, 2018

Style Guides: Art Deco

There’s a lot of ways to redesign your home, and many of them are nameless; interior design is your game, after all, and you decide what comes alive. There are a myriad of styles you can take from for inspiration, though, and we want to explore some of the most popular themes in interior design today. One style that remains popular today is Art Deco; dominant in the 1920s, this Jazz Age style brings a distinct and powerful energy into your home.


The 20s were a time of wealth and opulence; World War I was over, industry was booming throughout the West and cultural and economic exchange was rampant. Art Deco was a truly international affair, with much of Europe and North America incorporating the style in exterior and interior design, as well as the design of automobiles.


Art Deco is defined by sharp angles, strong geometric patterns, and rich materials like ivory and gold. All in all, the style is bold; mirrors, metal and lacquered sheen all add a polished, sophisticated look to the room.


For the patterns of your Art Deco home, choose a large geometric print; chevrons and zigzags fit the bill here. Use this pattern on your walls, then choose smaller, complementary patterns for your furniture and other accoutrements.


The colors of Art Deco, like everything else about the style, are bold and in-your-face. Deep purples, blues, oranges and yellows, bright pinks; you’re looking for eye popping contrast, so black and white are an equally popular option.


Your furniture and accoutrement will all be bold as well. Expect large furniture pieces with dark wood for a luxurious effect. Mirrors and other metallic ornaments abound; chrome and other high sheen finishes are a must on at least some of your decor, and a metallic clock with sharp angles would serve well here.


Your fabrics should be in complementary geometric patterns; avoid patterns that are too complex and less well defined; paisley and floral don’t work very well when there’s chevron covering your wall.


Floors in the 20s were often made of linoleum, and black-and-white checker patterns were not uncommon; any strong geometric patterns will, once again, do wonders here. You can opt for an unpatterned floor; if you do, add an area rug for some interest.


Lighting in Art Deco design follows the same principles; bold, angular, shiny and chrome. There was a lot of etched glass in the period too, and good replications can certainly be found.

There’s plenty of ways to incorporate a new kitchen countertop in your Art Deco redesign; countertop makers have created innumerable patterns and colors that will suit your bold design needs. You can get kitchen countertops in Portland that suit your needs; it may be a good idea to find a strong pattern for your countertop and build off of that to complete the look!