Art Déco interior design began in Europe in around 1908. Art Nouveau was a popular style at that time but Paris was changing, so by the end of World War I in 1914, Art Déco became a popular style and was a leading style until the end of the second World War in 1945. Art Deco was inspired by the Art Nouveau’s use of motifs and murals depicting nature. But slowly the once loved organically and flowing lines were replaced by geometric and angular shapes and vibrant colours. Following are some of the important points about Art Deco:
COLOURS: The most evident colours were chrome, silver, yellow, glossy black and red. Some other colours that can be used too were off whites, beige, cream, oyster and shades of green.
WALLS: It is extremely important to maintain balance and symmetry in Art Deco. This can be obtained by using a wallpaper with a bold pattern, but remember to only use that bold pattern on just one wall within the room rather than all the walls. Also if you wish not to decorate that wall with the wallpaper, great artwork inspired but deco images can be framed and hung. Mirrors were also a big accessory during the Art Deco period so use one or fill up the entire wall, its upto you.
FLOORS: A Linoleum with an abstract design or a polished Parquent wooden flooring could complete the entire deco look. Black and white vinyl tiles could also be used to keep it simple. To enhance that simple look you could use a stylish, geometric patterned rug. Make sure the rug is not too loug killing the feel of the rest of the room.
FIREPLACE: Earlier Art Deco fireplaces were made of concrete which did not work too well. Later polished cast iron fireplaces and marble added as a great replacement except for that they were quite expensive.
NEVER DYING ART-DECO TRENDS TO USE AT YOUR HOMES
BOLD GEOMETRIC DESIGNS
ADAPT THE ART DECO LIFESTYLE
Use of animal prints and exotic finishes will add to the Art Deco feel. You could also use mirrors, shiny fabrics and metallic paints to get the perfect look.
In that era bathroom and kitchens either had black and white monochromatic tiles or pops of deep brown and red. To get that look in your homes use high gloss ceramic or porcelain tiles in contrasting colours.
EVOKE THE SILVER SCREEN DRAMA
Art Deco was all about evoking drama and grandeur of the silver screen of movies and entertainment into your homes. Get the same feel by having a few drama portraits or frames from the current era in your homes.
ART DECO INTO MODERN ARCHITECTURE
Maintain the new age interiors in your home but yet add those tinches of Art Deco. Don’t shy away from using the trendy Corian platform top in your kitchen but bring in the retro style lighting and the Art Deco kind of flooring to nail that perfect look.
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