Industrial or Exotic
The art deco period was influenced by exotic new inspirations from afar and the slick architecture and industrialism of the twenties. Opt for either tropical motifs - flamingos, peacock feathers and pineapples - or stylised images of cruise liners, cars, aeroplanes and skyscrapers. The key to nailing this trend is balance. Your interior should emulate the sophistication and high style of the 20s, but with playful, characterful touches that give it a feel of modernity.
Permeate monochrome bases with popular twenties shades of teal, green, pale pink, beige and oyster, and inject with surprising bursts of yellow, fuchsia and red to compliment the modern home. Reserve colour to accents or go bold with a deep, dark feature wall.
Art deco interiors showcased straight lines and symmetry, differentiating them from the art nouveau designs that reigned before. Achieve this look by bookending sofas and beds with matching tables and identical lamps. Don't fear overdoing it, symmetrical decor should not be subtle. Arrange your items in trios and fours to give the look a new, playful feel.
Clash of Inspiration
The new art deco trend allows for your interior to draw together all the inspirations of this colourful era. Create a contemporary clash of safari skins, cubist art, industrial furniture and golden accessories. To ensure it maintains a designer aesthetic and doesn't look confused, a strong base of monochrome will neutralise bold features.
Room for Entertaining
Consider your layout and create designated entertaining areas for a flapper-apt soirée. Interior design is a profession that was born in the twenties, and the cocktail lounge was a product of their art. Here, this Japanese-inspired partition separates the kitchen from the dining area so hosts can sashay from room to room without disrupting the party spirit.
Geometrics are essential to creating this look. Heavily used in art deco interiors, patterns range from checks and stripes to chevron prints. Whether its lattice fretwork on a dresser or a zig zag rug, a bold pattern will give a twenties-style space the modernist touch it needs.
Light it Up
The world of lighting design boomed in the twenties. You can find beautiful reproductions, such as beveled sconces, female figurine table lamps, etched glass shades and sunburst pendants. Brave a contemporary mix; incorporate a neon light into an exotic twenties cocktail lounge or a paper origami shade to complement the angular lines of a modern art deco office.
Finish with Expense
The birth of regular travel meant art deco interiors were pervaded with finishes from afar – tortoise shell, mother of pearl and animal hides. For the modern home, choose just one unusual piece like a leather-covered dresser, a red marble top in the bathroom or an impressive zebra print rug. Brighten with antiqued mirrors, gold leaf paintings and lacquered cabinets which will layer your space with a beautiful richness.
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[Image Credits: Architectural Digest; Elizabeth Metcalfe Interiors; Erin Williamson Design; Home Epiphany; The ROOM Edit; The Telegraph]
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