The Art Deco style in the interior is incredibly popular these days and many world designers and decorators fondly love it.
By the way, I’m a great admirer of this style, today I want to talk about the main distinctive features of Art Deco and share photos of chic modern interiors made in this style. Even if you like Scandinavian minimalism or an industrial loft, I’m sure that you will find in the elegance of Art Deco a special charm.
The Art Deco style originated in the early 20th century in Paris and reached its peak in 1920-1930. The deeper and deeper the world plunged into the post-war crisis and the Great Depression, the greater the impact of art deco – the embodiment of glamour, luxury and wealth.
Art Deco in the interior: distinctive features
Perhaps the main feature of Art Deco is the emphasis on strict geometry. Clear lines, stepped forms, energetic wide lines, zigzag in combination with streamlined curves – there is no place for natural motifs and romantic ornaments.
Another distinctive motif is the imitation of sun rays, especially often embodied in the shining rims of round mirrors.
Smooth and shiny surfaces
Lacquer and glossy paint, polished wood and metal – in Art Deco everything shines and glows.
The abundance of glass and mirrors creates a refined game of reflections. And used as large mirrors in rich frames, and mirror tiles and even mirror furniture. The more reflective surfaces there are, the closer we are to the classic Art Deco style.
Rustic chintz and natural flax – this is not about art deco! Expensive fabrics with graphic prints dominate here. Silk, satin, taffeta, velvet, brocade, natural fur in combination with gold and mirrors create an indescribable atmosphere of luxury and eternal feast.
The Animal prints and ethnic motifs
The spirit of African safaris: skins of zebras and ponies, ivory, reptile skin, mother of pearl and other exotic materials; oriental ornaments, Egyptian motifs – are also reflecting in this exquisite style.
Art Deco color palette
Black and white – the main color scheme of art deco, is always relevant, as the famous jacket from Chanel.
In addition to the monochrome gamut Art Deco is characterized by bright saturated “precious” tones: gold, ruby, sapphire and emerald.
Expensive cream and chocolate shades are also widely used, for example, in the interiors of bedrooms.
Another interesting feature of Art Deco is strict symmetry. The interior is always harmonious and self-sufficient.
Art Deco lighting
Art Deco implies a complex multi-level lighting system that sets a mysterious and exciting atmosphere. Brilliant polished lamps of geometric shapes are made of chrome-plated steel, copper, glass.
It is difficult, and it is not necessary at all to recreate in a modern apartment the classical style of art deco: such an interior implies the presence of high ceilings, spacious halls and large windows. However, if you admire the world of the Great Gatsby and the atmosphere of Hollywood 1920s, you can easily use in your interior some elements of this luxurious style. The influence of Art Deco can be seen in projects for small apartments.
I hope this article was useful to you, and now you surely be able to distinguish the style of Art Deco in the interior from any other one.