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100 Years Later… How Today’s Stylists are Designing With Art Deco Influences

Do you love that quintessential “Great Gatsby” style or the bold geometric patterns found throughout the Empire State Building in New York? Then you might just be a fan of Art Deco style.

This iconic style is known for its symmetry and use of linear geometric patterns and luxurious materials. It’s a big, bold and glam style that has a bit of a vintage flair and creates a sense of approachable luxury. And an Art Deco color palette? It’s to die for.

The history of art deco design is quite interesting, and it’s had various resurgences in popularity over the past century—including right now. Art Deco interior design has been around for 100 years, with no plans of going away.

art deco interior designThe Building Blocks Of Art Deco Interior Design

Art Deco is an ornate design style, and it often feels slightly masculine due to its heavy use of geometric details and repetitive shapes and patterns. Depending on the room, you’ll notice this geometry in the furniture, lighting, accent decor, or artwork. The use of plush materials and velvet help to balance out and soften the geometric shapes.

With its penchant for luxury, Art Deco design tends to use materials that have an inherent ornamental quality to them. Marbles and granites, burl wood, as well as metals in silver, gold, and brass finishes are all perfect accompaniments to Art Deco interiors.

There are many ways to approach color in Art Deco interior design—from bold and moody palettes of dark greens, deep purples and blues, and black (like the living room above) to bright white palettes with just pops of dark greens, light pinks, or deep blues. But whatever color direction you go, you’ll see it paired with metallics in the accent furniture, decor, and lighting.

Modern Art Deco interior design mixes the key elements of this design style with other styles and eras, for a look that’s eclectic and unique. There are so many ways to bring this look to life today.

Want to bring a modern Art Deco look in your own home? Check out how our designers are styling spaces with Art Deco influences—and get ready to be inspired!

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art deco interior designOf-The-Moment Art Deco

This room is a more trendy take on Art Deco style, with some mid-century modern flair. While, overall, this room has a neutral color palette, a pop of statement color makes the space feel fresh and trendy. (As does the burl wood nightstand.) This is a very of-the-moment take on Art Deco, with a playful and youthful vibe.

The Key Elements:

Add a pop of luxurious color and texture. The pop of emerald green in the headboard sets the tone for an Art Deco-inspired space in an otherwise monochromatic neutral room. The headboard not only adds a pop of luxurious color but it also adds rich velvet texture.

Layer in sculptural decor. Sculptural elements have a quintessential Art Deco quality to them. While the glass pendant light and vase aren’t necessarily Art Deco in style, they add a sculptural element that gives a nod to the style.

Incorporate geometric patterns. Art Deco is all about geometric patterns. We incorporated some in this room through the subtle patterning in the rug.

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art deco interior designA Minimalist Take

Here’s a more minimalist take on Art Deco design. This space is more about shape and texture, which is where the Art Deco moments come into play. With a minimal approach to styling, the negative space lets the statement pieces, like the console and the lighting, really shine.

The Key Elements:

Add a sculptural element. The sculpted, scallop-front console table in this entryway helps set the tone for the space, bringing in that repeated linear element inherent to Art Deco interior design. This is supported by the soft, clean lines of the side chair. The chair’s velvet and caning elements also give a nod to Art Deco interior design.

Establish a glam color palette. Since this is a minimalist space, we didn’t want to use any bold colors. Instead, we leaned into a softer glam palette, with gold and soft pinks. This combination, along with pops of black for contrast, create a subdued but glamorous color palette.

Hang some statement lighting. When you think of statement lighting, you might think something big, bold, and sculptural. But we went in a different direction, with something smaller but very visually interesting. The tiered pendant sconce has Art Deco-inspired sculptural elements, and the color combination in the fixture also speaks to this design style.

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art deco interior designStreamlined And Simple

This is a more streamlined and contemporary take on Art Deco—yet the style still shines through in the actual structures and forms of the furniture pieces. There’s a transitional edge to the style of this room, and it doesn’t lean too hard in any style direction. It’s what we’d consider a more “safe” take on Art Deco design.

The Key Element:

Use foundational furniture to set the tone. In this dining room, the Art Deco style is brought to life through decorative touches on the foundational pieces. You can see this, specifically, in the base of the table—which is adorned with Art Deco-inspired metal pieces that create an intriguing silhouette and set the tone for the rest of the space.

Go “neutral” with supporting furniture. These chairs certainly have some Art Deco inspiration in their shape—but overall they’re more neutral in style. With their modern and contemporary influences that could easily translate into a different styled room. They look really nice paired with the table without taking away from its stunning design.

Paint dark walls for more of a statement. Dark walls add a more moody and glam edge to this space, which really complements the furniture. (In contrast, lighter walls would make this space skew more modern or set it more squarely in the transitional camp.)

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art deco interior designClassic + Luxurious Art Deco

This bedroom exemplifies a more “pure” take on modern Art Deco. It really leans into the luxe side of the side, with opulence coming through in the materials and the high-contrast color palette.

The Key Elements:

Use bold color to set the tone. A bold color scheme of emerald and gold is very Art Deco (and very luxe). This bold, high-contrast palette sets the style tone for the rest of the bedroom and gives it a more luxurious vibe.

Go dramatic with the furniture shapes and materials. The bed frame, while simple, has a bit of a grand and dramatic air to it, and pairs nicely with the burl wood nightstands, which are a little Art Deco in the natural ornamentation of the wood.

Use the supporting decor to drive home the style. The sculptural table lamps have some Art Deco influence in their shape, and the mirror behind the lamps, with their geometric metal detailing, drive home the style in this space.

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art deco interior designSmall Space, Big Style

Art Deco is a big and bold style. But that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate elements of this design style in small spaces! This small bedroom is a prime example. More of a “less is more chic” take on Art Deco, this room is infused with glam design touches throughout, especially in the choice of materials.

The Key Elements:

Opt for a black-and-white color palette. Since this is a small space, Art Deco influences could easily make it feel over-the-top. But a black and white color palette—with plenty of pops of gold—keep the look more grounded, while still giving this space a glamorous feel.

Go glam with the patterns. Abstract polka dot patterns show up throughout this room—from the wall art to the pillows and bench. This adds a playful but glam element to the space. The gold palm wall art and the subtle foliage pattern on the nightstand glam up the space even further.

Lean Art Deco in shapes. Art Deco design is all about the bold use of shapes. Both the sunburst table lamp and the tiered effect of the chandelier show off some Art Deco influences, as does the oval shaped mirror, along with the gold frame. Talk about packing a tone of style into a small space!

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art deco interior designColorful + Modern Art Deco

This bedroom is a great example of a modern and minimal space using just hints of Art Deco influences in the art and finishes. This isn’t in-your-face Art Deco, but rather taking the shapes and colors often found in this design style and applying it on a more modern canvas.

The Key Elements:

Embrace color and pattern. Saturated pastels with a tropical twist really enliven this version of Art Deco. The mint green velvet of the bed frame gives a definite nod to Art Deco. And the colors and patterns in the rug add a playful element to the space.

Incorporate Art Deco-inspired shapes. While, overall, this bedroom leans more modern and transitional, subtle decorative elements bring in Art Deco influences. The repetitive geometric shapes throughout—seen in the rounded forms of the table lamp, the mirror, and the wall art—all pay homage to this style.

Layer in some gold + brass accents. To incorporate the glam element of this style, we layered in some gold and brass accents—in the legs of the bed, the frame of the table lamp, the drawer pulls of the dresser, and most notably in the floral-embossed nightstand.

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Unlikely Pairings: Tour This Home Designed in Industrial Glam Style

Combining two styles in one space can feel challenging—especially when the two styles in question seem to be polar opposites. But, whether you have seemingly “competing” interior design interests on your own, or you and a partner are trying to design a space with opposite styles, it can be done. In fact, combining two unlikely design styles may even create a beautiful new style. Case in point: industrial glam.

Industrial glam interior design is what it sounds like: a design style that mixes industrial and glam elements in the same space. The result is a chic, less-is-more space. But it’s probably best if we define these two styles individually before getting into what they’re like when combined.

What is glam style?

Glam interior design is bold and dramatic and often mixes unexpected design elements together. Some specific glam design ideas? Luxurious materials, like velvet or silk—along with curved, tufted sofas; plenty of metallic accents; and, of course, animal print. Glam spaces tend to be more formal in nature. But with its bold use of color and texture, there’s still plenty of room for play!

What is industrial style?

In stark contrast to the polished chic of glam style, industrial style celebrates all things rugged, raw, and vintage in interior design. This style really comes to life through the architecture of a space, so it’s particularly suited to loft spaces and converted warehouses—or spaces with exposed bricks or ductwork, or even just large, open rooms.

So, what is industrial glam design?

Simply put, industrial glam design is a bold, dramatic, and elegant style. In an industrial glam space, glam will be the underlying style, with industrial design elements used to accent the space. Industrial elements will be more supplementary than the space being equal parts glam and industrial. But, in that mix, you’ll also see nods to minimalism and even traditional design elements, proving that mixing two design styles is never a cut-and-dried affair.

The glam elements come through in materials, textiles, and finishes. You’ll see a lot of glam in the base furniture, from the shapes to the fabric, along with plush rugs and other soft textiles. These pieces are what really bring an element of luxury to the space. The industrial comes through in the accents—particularly in the lighting. But you’ll also see industrial elements come to life through side tables, artwork, and other decorative accents, as well as the overall celebration of architecture in the space.

Want to create an industrial glam look in your home? Keep reading to learn how to combine these two styles into a chic, minimal space!

The Industrial Glam Living Room

While this isn’t a loft or warehouse space, there is a sense of celebrating the architecture of the room, from the moldings on the wall to the high ceilings, showing the sophisticated way glam and industrial styles can mix together. The curved forms and pleated finish of the accent chairs drive home the glam in this space, while the lighting brings in more industrial elements. And then there’s the side tables. Marble can go glam or industrial. And while these tables have a clean shape and more glam finish, the raw nature of the stone leans industrial—making these tables the perfect manifestation of industrial glam style.

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The Key Elements:

Opt for more traditional layouts. Glam spaces tend to have more traditional layouts. And, since glam is the underlying style of this space, we opted for a symmetrical set-up to set the tone.

Decorate with a muted color palette. While glam can skew pretty colorful, we went for a more muted, earth tone color palette, which lends itself to a more masculine, industrial look. Browns and creams ground this look, while gold and brass accents add some sophistication.

Go modern with the artwork. In more straightforward industrial spaces, you’ll see art with more literal industrial elements; here, we wanted to go in a more modern direction which lends an element of sophistication to the space.

The Industrial Glam Bedroom

In a space that leans more minimal in design, the bed is the centerpiece of this room. But there are plenty of other design elements that help bring this space to life. A hide rug adds a hint of warmth, along with an organic shape to offset the hard lines of the bed. The industrial glam lighting adds nuance. And the industrial heaviness of the dresser and bedside tables contrasts with the minimal bed frame, helping visually balance out the space.

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The Key Elements:

Ground the room with a statement bed. This canopy bed is the main focus in the space. It sits at the crossroads of the two styles—with dark, heavy metal that evokes an image of exposed pipes, accented with the gold corner pieces that give it a polished feel. It acts as a sculptural element, creating a big, beautiful shape in the middle of the room.

Lean industrial with light fixtures. There are several light fixtures within this bedroom—from the chandelier to the sconce and two table lamps. And all of them sit squarely in the industrial camp. But the gold finish of the sconce and dresser lamp brings in a glam element, as do the spherical bulbs on the chandelier.

Bring in some quirkiness and warmth through the decor. In this space, the industrial glam decor brings an element of humanity and quirkiness into what could otherwise be a rather cold style. The hand sculpture is playful; that, along with the abstract portrait by the bed brings some warmth and life to the space. The bench at the end of the bed also has an unexpected playfulness to it with the built-in table, which adds some definite personality to the space.

The Industrial Glam Dining Room

In this home, the dining room is right off the living room, in an open-concept layout typical of industrial-style homes. Since these spaces are so closely connected, we incorporated design elements that helped visually tie the two spaces together and help them live harmoniously alongside each other. But we also added some contrast—like the amorphous hide rug under the dining table, which contrasts with the geometric elements in the living room.

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The Key Elements:

Echo shapes throughout the space. You’ll notice that, throughout the room, there are a lot of repeated shapes. The dining room chairs echo the shapes of the living room chairs, giving a modern glam feel to the space. The dining room chandelier repeats the shape of the mirror of the living room. This repetition of shapes helps tie the two spaces together and visually grounds the two rooms.

Incorporate modern, sculptural elements. A dining room table is the centerpiece of any dining room. We brought in a sleek, modern element through a tulip table that beautifully combines industrial and glam. It’s visually heavier than your typical tulip table (a nod to the industrial) but the gold strip around the edge of the tabletop adds a moment of glam. The contemporary glam chandelier adds a sculptural element to the space, that manages to both tie in and contrast with the living room chandelier.

Add a bar cart. A bar cart is a must in any glam space. Find one with a shiny finish or stone element. This is a piece of furniture where something flashy is definitely encouraged.

The Industrial Glam Entryway

We kept things very simple in this industrial glam entryway. With large, heavy furniture and minimal styling, it glides seamlessly into the living room while still making a statement on its own.

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The Key Elements:

Add some texture. Texture is another way to add some nuance and warmth to an industrial glam space. We did that with this room divider. While it’s not actually being used as a room divider, it adds visual intrigue while taking the industrial idea of found materials and bringing it to life in a modern, manufactured way.

Let your furniture do the talking. The pedestal table is heavy, making quite the statement in this open entryway. While overall it leans industrial, the carved details and ornateness of the base are very considered and lean toward the glam camp. We love the idea of keeping the styling minimal so that the furniture is the visual feature of the space. Which leads us to our next point…

Opt for minimal styling. The entryway table features nothing but a vase and some moody florals. While you could certainly add a tray for your keys and mail for added practicality, the idea is to keep this visually clean. That’s also why we opted to not style the built-in shelves on the room divider—but you could add books and decorative objects on some of the shelves while maintaining a more minimal vibe.

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Glam Interior Design: The Difference Between Hollywood and Bohemian Glam

If you like the idea of making your home into a bit of an escape from the real world, glam interior design might just be for you. This is a style that’s all about drama and elegance, creating spaces that are elevated escapes from the hum-drum of life. It’s a style that’s synonymous with the Hollywood hills, glamour, and opulence.

This style first appeared in the 1930s, just a bit before mid-century modern style became super popular. It came out of Hollywood’s Golden Age, where movie sets were decadent and glamorous, and Hollywood stars began decorating their homes in a similar fashion. Dorothy Draper, an interior designer known for her bold and over-the-top style, brought glam elements into homes, hotels, and businesses across the country, popularizing the style. Today, Jonathan Alder brings this look to life with a modern spin.

Glam design bridges the gap between Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern styles—both in time and in style. Glam decor features some of the patterns and colors found in Art Deco style, along with its love of opulence. But glam style favors more of the clean lines and silhouettes that mid-century modern style made popular. It’s certainly a different look from mid-century modern though—with far more opulence, textures, and patterns. And, while it’s a less well-known style than mid-century modern, it has certainly stood the test of time and remains a popular style today.

What Is Glam Interior Design?

But there’s not just one way to do glam. Today, you see it come to life in many different ways—from the more opulent Hollywood Regency style to the more approachable Bohemian Glam, and quite a bit in between. This style can be aspirational and over-the-top, feminine and chic, or even refined and reserved with only small pops of drama. The way that it comes to life is entirely up to you.

But what is consistent: glam interior design is all about luxury and glamour. When thinking about glam design ideas, the materials you use will really help drive home the style in your space. Metallic finishes, especially in gold and brass, are often found in glam spaces. For furniture, think velvet, marble, and furs for that high-end feel, and acrylic, lucite, or a high-gloss lacquer for a more modern spin. And, while a more formal style, it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Case in point: all good glam spaces have an animal print present in some form—whether in a rug, a piece of art, or throw pillows! It’s all about having a little bit of fun with the design of your home.

Glam spaces tend to have very layered looks that can be dramatic and over-the-top. So, maximalists: let yourself go wild! These spaces feature bold mixes of patterns, rich and vibrant colors, and plenty of metallic finishes. But it’s not just about the big-picture items like furniture and artwork. Once you have those pieces in place, make sure to layer in some lavish, ornate details that will give your space some added personality.

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With so many different takes on one overarching style, it can be difficult to know where to begin when designing a glam space. So, today, we’re breaking down the difference between two of the most popular takes on glam style—Hollywood Regency Glam and Bohemian Glam. We’ll show you what they’re all about and walk you through how to get the look. Read through the post, then let us know which one is your favorite!

hollywood glamHollywood Regency Glam

Hollywood Regency Glam is the older, more classical version of glam. It features a more formal approach to glam decor that’s rooted in classic design styles but with a glamorous facelift. It’s a style that’s perfectly suited for formal entertaining

The Key Elements:

In Hollywood Regency spaces, you’ll see furniture with vintage forms—like a rolled-arm chesterfield sofa—but in updated upholstery, like a luxe velvet. Curved forms and tufting are perfect in a Hollywood Regency-style room. Symmetrical layouts help add to the formality of this style, while pops of brass add warmth and a sense of luxury. As you’ll see in the glam living room above, a refined color palette adds a note of restraint. Some glam spaces go for bold colors—but in the Hollywood Regency sub-set of glam, a more subdued color palette is preferred. However, a major pop of animal print—in this case in the rug—makes an unexpected and bold statement.

This style of glam is perfect for…

Those who prefer a more formal style but still want to have some fun. The formality of the layout and larger furniture pieces speak to that classical, Old Hollywood glam—but lots of brass, the animal print rug, and acrylic side tables give this look a modern, playful edge.

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Bohemian Glam

Bohemian Glam is a more 2020 take on glam style. While it still has moments of opulence, overall it’s a more casual and modern approach to the style. While perhaps an unexpected pairing, boho and glam are actually great styles to pair together. They’re both eclectic styles by nature, allowing you to incorporate unexpected decor choices throughout your space. This take on glam actually reminds us quite a bit of Blanche’s bedroom from The Golden Girls, or the playful, tropical opulence of The Beverly Hills Hotel.

The Key Elements:

With Bohemian Glam, you can really lean into glam materials like velvet, marble, and brass and take a bold approach to styling. This is definitely a style where more is more and you can make unexpected styling moves—like a mix of art that’s leaning on the mantel and propped on the floor rather than hanging on the walls. Or the use of double side tables in place of a coffee table!

The boho elements come through in the color palette and natural materials textures. We love the use of a leather sofa to ground the look, along with some rattan pieces for extra texture. Beyond that, go for a tropical palette with a mix of jewel tones and vibrant colors.Then, infuse your space with playful patterns galore! In the boho glam living room above, we love how the curved, jewel-tone velvet armchairs mix glam and boho elements so well. And the leaf side table? It pretty much sums up this look in a single piece.

This style of glam is perfect for…

Those who enjoy the opulence of glam style but want a space that’s more laid back and approachable. There’s a cheeky eclecticism to this modern glam style that manages to fully celebrate the lavish details of glam as much as the carefree playfulness of boho style.

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Industrial Glam Bedroom

glam bedroomAt Modsy we don’t think that interior design styles, like art, exist in a vacuum. Rather, we believe that they grow and change as they endure through time, changing out bits and pieces that allow them to feel fresh and contemporary.

Hollywood Glam, sometimes called Hollywood Regency, is a style that has evolved through time, morphing itself in slightly different ways as the decades progress but always keeping its core tenets intact. Growing out of Hollywood’s “Golden Age,” the style was adapted from the luxurious designs of the 1930s celebrity homes and movie sets. Its key elements were bold colors (often pink and green), tufted sofas, furniture made from sumptuous materials, gold and glitz, and animal print. At its core the style alluded to a classical past through familiar forms while also conveying a sense of conspicuous luxury.

glam bedroom

This bedroom is a modern take on that old Hollywood style. Updated with an edge, here we see a more modern rendition of the style which easily agrees with its industrial setting. Set in a converted industrial loft interior, this beautifully bold bedroom will satisfy your cravings for both an edgy and a glitzy look. Lots of metals, lots of lucite, and lots of high contrasting pieces fill the space to the delight of our eye.

The color palette is based on the raw materials in the space. White, black, and metallic finishes are the perfect neutral base for an industrial look. The glam pushes back through the accessories and finishes that fill the room. Gold and brassy metals do the trick as they keep the space feeling warm even as they agree with the industrial undertone. Sharp angles and hard lines offer an industrial edge, but are softened by art featuring organic forms and natural patterns.

glam bedroom

glam bedroom

Industrial interior design might perhaps be described as Hollywood Glam’s exact opposite, which to our eye means nothing short of the perfect pairing. So how could these two polar opposites get along? Well, as it turns out, both styles share a penchant for being dramatic. The result is a sophisticated and edgy take on a dramatic and glamorous style.

If you love a space that is chic but also live by the motto ‘less is more,’ this is the perfect bedroom for you. Modsy’s Elegant Connoisseur and Industrial Chic users will also especially love this look. Not sure what your Modsy style is? Take our Style Quiz to find out.