Art Deco decorating – 10 ideas

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  • The Art Deco style is typified by geometric and angular shapes, chrome and glass, with theatrical contrasts such as glossy black lacquered furniture mixed with satin and fur. Themes that were reflected in home design include skyscrapers and aeroplanes, echoing the advancements of the day. The influences of art nouveau also meant that organic shapes featured strongly, such as shells and sunrises, plus the early influences of Hollywood.

    Art Deco began in Paris in the early 20th century but was isolated to society’s elite. It wasn’t until the twenties and thirties and mass production that the look could be adopted by the masses throughout Europe. This coincided with the advancement of travel, when African safaris were all the rage. This can be seen with the influences of animal skins, ivory, mother-of-pearl and tortoisehell. We have a range of Art deco decorating ideas to inspire and delight.

    A monochrome palette is a fantastic choice for decorating your bedroom using Art Deco-inspired designs. Choose bedding with geometric black-and-white patterns and team with mirrored and high-gloss furniture such as a dressing table or wardrobes.

    A pared-back neutral colour scheme is ideal for an Art Deco decorating influence in your living room. Choose Art Deco inspired soft furnishings in neutral tones with dark-brown glossy or glass coffee table. Add large framed black and white photos on the wall and accessorise with satin cushions and faux-fur throws. An animal print rug will add a bold focal point to the room.

    For an Art Deco inspired bedroom, go for stark white walls as a simple backdrop and choose silk bedlinen with plumped up pillows and black silk cushions. To complete the look, choose black glossy bedside tables and a chrome anglepoise bedside lamp.

    For a softer look in a bathroom, pale blue walls are very effective teamed with black vinyl flooring. Add a large Art Deco style mirror to reflect light into the room and increase the feeling of size and choose monochrome accessories such as a blind or curtains.

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