A dash of daring to lift your décor can be easily achieved with the clean lines and geometric detail of Art-Deco style. Just think of The Great Gatsby – simple furniture with curved structure, metallics, and classic decorative flourishes. It’s no wonder that this art movement was one of the most influential of the last century. If you are looking for an ultra cool and sophisticated direction for your home then follow these steps to a gorgeous abode that exudes old-style glamour and luxury.
One of the most distinctive aspects of Deco design is the patterns and prints. Deco patterns are typically stylised with repeating motifs in geometric shapes heavily influenced by Egyptian, Chinese and Aztec art. Animal prints, particularly Zebra, are also a signature element to Deco soft furnishings as well as fur and other luxurious textiles. When incorporating these patterns into your home, think minimal and stick to signature furniture pieces: a large rug in a Chevron or circular pattern, or if you are particularly brave some Deco-inspired wallpaper.
Bright, light and classy, metallics are that glamorous element of Deco design that has well and truly made a come-back. A floor lamp in steel or a beautiful star burst mirror in gorgeous gold are good starting points for testing out this exciting palette. Touches of silver and gold in fabrics and wallpaper are synonymous with Deco design and a stunning and subtle way of incorporating metallics into your home furnishings. For ultra glamour, nothing beats a shiny chandelier!
Deco furniture is typically streamlined with soft curves and a simple and graceful design. Club chairs were popular as was the introduction of modular furniture, which is so popular today. If you love good quality, timeless pieces then Deco is the style for you. For a dramatic and luxurious touch source mirrored side cabinets and coffee tables as well as classic furniture in exotic ebony and mahogany hues with blonde wooden inlay. Beautiful, dazzling and elegant without question!
Living in Luxury
Fashionable people of the Art Deco era certainly loved their precious stones and glassware. It was not uncommon to spy a glimmer of pearl inlay or a cluster of gems to embellish a coveted piece of furniture. Used sparingly, these considered decorative elements were anything but ostentatious. Remember, with Deco style simplicity rules! Murano glass and other beautifully crafted vases and vessels were used to set off all those shiny reflective surfaces. With the variety of new and vintage glassware available today it is easy to source your own Deco-inspired pieces.
Get the look…
• Think simple geometric patterns and prints for the basis of your Deco dream home. These can be incorporated into the larger items in your house such as a rug or even wallpaper, or used as subtle decoration for upholstery and cushions.
• Metallics are go! Don’t hesitate to use shiny chrome, silver, gold and even mirror to achieve an opulent and totally glamorous Deco feel. Even in your soft furnishings and wall art, metallics are a winning element.
• Furniture is streamlined, classic and classy. Look for pieces with a simple structure and deep wood tones.
• Glassware can complete the look. Try interesting hand-blown glassware or vessels and furniture with beautiful stones or other decorative embellishments.
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