The Era of Opulence: Art Deco Interior Style

July 16, 2019

Conjure up an image of Baz Luhrmann’s film adaption of The Great Gatsby, with its sumptuous colour palette, bold geometric shapes and indulgent decorative details. That’s the Art Deco style perfectly captured.

Despite its flair, Art Deco was a style not reserved for the wealthy. Following WW1 and the rise of mass production in the 1930’s, finer materials and exotic imports became commonplace, leading to a transformation in interior design style. Unlike modernism which had philosophical and political undertones, Art Deco was a movement solely focused on decoration.

Art Deco built on the Art Nouveau movement, but brought the benefit of imports and new materials towards more towards a style that favoured bolder geometry and colours such as chrome and black.

Art Deco style wasn’t limited to interior design, it was also an architectural movement. The ‘stepped’ profile favoured in Art Deco design is evident in many of its most famous buildings such as the Chrysler Building, Hoover Building, Empire State Building and even The Savoy in London. These all typified the sleek, linear appearance of art deco, topped with stylised geometric ornamentation and the ‘stepped’ profile.

Achieving Art Deco in your home

Art Deco is characterised almost entirely by its bold flair, but by incorporating certain elements in your home you can quickly transform it into an Art Deco homage. Use black, chrome and silver often in your scheme and try to use materials that have a lustrous, glossy finish.

Floors and walls

Plain and geometric shapes should be the main palette for your floors and walls. Linoleum or black and white checkboard tiles are a great way to capture the geometry of the trend. You would then ideally layer the floor with a large rug that features a distinct geometric pattern.

Walls should be kept relatively plain, but look to incorporate the famous stepped profile in your cornices, architraves and other areas to really encapsulate the style. If adding stepped profile features to your doorways means you have even less space, our architrave light switches in Bright Nickel are the ideal choice.

Furniture and fabrics

Furniture should feature strong, bold shapes and generally should not be part of a suite. Instead, an eclectic mix of styles is more suiting for the Art Deco style. The movement was typified by a feeling of opulence, so materials chosen were typically exotic. Highly polished wood, metallic brass or chrome and gold accents should all play a part in your scheme.

To really bring the ‘deco’ our of the style, you must try and add a sense of decoration to every furnishing in your home. Use throws and fabrics to add geometric patterns to ‘duller’ objects and aim to create a mini feature with every part of your home.

Lighting and accessories

In an era of decoration, lighting was typically grandiose. Chandeliers and other glass features are a great way to capture attention.

Art Deco also gives designers the freedom to really indulge in decorating every element of a home. Our luxurious socket and switch plates are perfect for the trend – especially when you combine the stepped edge of our Victorian Collection with a bright nickel finish for extra Art Deco style points. We also offer a traditional dolly switch, which adds yet another layer of interest and elegance to the switch and means every part of your home is its own beautiful feature.

Interested in Art Deco? Give us a call today and see how our lighting accessories can help fulfil your design aspirations.



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