What is : Art Deco

What is : Art Deco

What is Art Deco?

In terms of Interior Design it is a style that will always remain a classic, beginning in the Roaring 20's and continuing to appear into today's design.

Art Deco began in 1925, where is was first exhibited in Paris. It began its movement starting out in the decorative arts and making its way through architecture and fashion. As it spread through western Europe and into the U.S., similar styles such as Art Nouveau arose. Both styles developed in a direct response to the major world events that were taking place at the time.

You can recognize the style of Art Deco in famous films such as The Great Gatsby or Midnight in Paris. Also, if you have ever visited cities such as New York City or Los Angeles, you might have spotted Art Deco in the architecture. 

Art Deco came about in the exciting time of the Roaring 20's, a time in which wealth, entertainment, and materialism was at its finest. The lifestyle was grand and called for an even grander home.

With this enticing lifestyle came homes that were known for their luxurious, glamorous style. Art Deco was and is all about making a statement! So everything has got to be bold, high in contrast, and grand in scale. The style calls for linear architecture, which is accomplished with high ceilings and a theatrical ceiling piece, whether it be a design that's engraved into the ceiling itself or a marvelous chandelier hanging from it. A long extending staircase usually curves around the entryway of these lavish homes. 

Art Deco is attained by including materials of steel and rich wood, as well as deep hues of yellow, green, red, and, most importantly, gold! This contrast of color with the gold and steel adds to the boldness and extravagance. Most wooden floors are coated with lacquer for a nice, shiny finish. If there are tiled floors, it's a geometric pattern with black and white tiles, typically. 

To accomplish anything in Art Deco, you need some geometric pattern that is dense with strong angles and shapes. There is also a sense of symmetry when it comes to these patterns.

Now, just because Art Deco originates from a certain time, doesn't mean that it can't exist in modern design! I pulled together some of my favorite designs that are both Contemporary AND Art Deco, and they are just spectacular.

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