"Create retro sizzle with an Art Deco interior design style."
Art Deco interior design has a very unique look. Some might call it “classic retro style”. Whatever the case, you can use
elements of this style to define a living space with distinct personality that stands out from the crowd.
The Art Deco movement was prominent in the first half of the twentieth century, especially between the two world wars. It had a significant impact on many aspects of art and culture including architecture and interior design. Art Deco combines some design elements from ancient cultures with a modernist, Machine Age look.
One of the great examples of Art Deco Architecture that you may already be familiar with is the Chrysler Building in New York City. The top of this building exemplifies the look of Art Deco with its stylized sunburst design. This is a motif seen often in Art Deco Design. But enough about architecture, let’s talk about interiors…
Similar to aspects of architecture, Art Deco interior design features elements that are very streamlined, geometric and often even curvaceous. Chairs, like the ones in the room designed above, have exaggerated corners or curves that are accentuated by simple fabrics rather than busy prints. Dark wood, with lacquer, espresso ebony finish, further showcases Deco furniture’s unique lines. Tables are often glass-topped, and cabinets and sideboards often feature sleek, glossy finishes and patterned wood inlays.
Original Art Deco pieces can be hard to find, even in antique stores, and tend to be pricy. I recommend looking for Deco-inspired pieces or reproductions. You may not be able to find original pieces, but it’s easy to find furniture with the right lines.
When it comes to a color palette, Art Deco style is fairly versatile. For a more classic look try a color palette centered on black, whites, browns or tans. To put a more contemporary twist on this style, go with a bolder color scheme.
Here’s the bottom line though… In Art Deco design I think it’s more important to get the forms right than it is to get hung up on a specific room color. The streamlined, retro shape and detail of the forms is really what anchors this look.
If you want a style that looks both modern and retro and yet is quite practical, think Art Deco.
- Inject a stylized sun-burst shape into your design scheme. This could be a decorative wall mirror for example.
- Feature some very streamlined furnishings with a Burlwood style finish – maybe a coffee table, side table or entertainment center for example. Inlaid wood is an element of the Art Deco look.
- Accessorize with curvaceous forms using vases and sculptures.