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Decadent Art Deco design

Originating in France in 1920s, Art Deco design is one of the most recognisable styles in the world today. The term came from a 1925 Paris exhibition (Parisian Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes), which was abbreviated to Art Deco, hence a style was born that defined the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s and influenced the decades to follow. Inspiring visual arts, architecture and design, some of the key elements that epitomise an Art Deco interior are bold colours, geometric lines, curvaceous forms, lavish ornamentation, luxe materials like velvet,and metallics.

KEY ELEMENTS

  • Bold and contrasting colours
  • Geometric lines, zigzags, starbursts, fans & chevron patterning
  • Luxe materials like velvet, marble, mirrors, metallics & faux animal prints
  • Curvaceous forms
  • Lavish ornamentation

Art Deco Decorating Ideas

5 tips for creating the look at home

Daring, dramatic and very glamorous, Art Deco is all about making a big statement in your home. It’s easy to create the look yourself with a few eye-catching pieces, well-selected colour palette and luxe accessories.

Start by incorporating some strong shapes, such as a curved sofa, geometric mirror, zigzag or chevron pattering. Maintain a consistent theme of shapes throughout each room while establishing the symmetrical balance of Art Deco design.
Art Deco Decorating Ideas with Flower 2 Seater Velvet Sofa Gold Crush

Incorporate some signature materials, such as painted-black timber (ebony was a trademark material of the era), metallics, marble or stained glass.
Art Deco Decorating Ideas with the Dominique

Set the mood with a rich colour palette accented with bold colours like red, green or gold to add richness and depth. Add layers of contrast, colour, texture and patterning with your homewares, rugs and accessories.

Use dazzling floor lamps, table lamps, pendants and chandeliers constructed from striking shapes and materials to both add light and create a stunning focal point in your spaces. Mood lighting can help to create a smoky jazz bar vibe the 1920s is famous for.

Add mirrors, Art Deco artwork and even a few faux antiques or vintage-style homewares to accentuate the space, and complete your spaces with some soft furnishings, such as a fur or faux animal throw.

More in-store at Early Settler

Visit us online or in-store to get more Art Deco decorating ideas. And don’t miss our five tips for creating a Hamptons-style interior.

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