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.
The 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!
Of-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.
A 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.
Streamlined 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.)
Classic + 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.
Small 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!
Colorful + 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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