1. Art Deco Is a Reflection of the Times
2. The Difference Between Art Deco and Bauhaus
3. The Variations of Art Deco Medium
Whether in decor, architecture, art or even fashion, elements of Art Deco are universal: geometric motifs, extravagant ornamentation, and bold silhouettes. In a word, it can be summed up as avant-garde. It pushed the limits, both geometrically-speaking and metaphorically-speaking, of what was accepted aesthetically at the start of the Jazz Age. After all, Art Deco wasn’t just about glamorous colors and fun patterns. It was a lifestyle, a rosy view of the world that gave every man and woman permission to be the kings and queens of their own worlds, to celebrate life in the ‘here-and-now’ – starting with their living room decor.
Art Deco Decor
In this section, we'll cover just a few tips and ideas to get you started on creating an elegant space inspired by the style.
The Art Deco Living Room
The Art Deco living room is filled with "extras." Gold wall hangings, plush pile rugs, pillows with tassels and nesting tables (not one, not two, but three accent tables!). It's inspired by decadence, and one who enters should feel as though they are getting royal treatment. Start with a richly-hued sofa (no greys here!), such as a sofa in emerald, royal blue, ruby or gold velvet.
It's the decade of song and dance, costume and makeup, parties and romance, so make the furniture feel right at home. Opt for lots of seating, as an Art Deco home is one filled with guests! Look for velvet upholstery, metal trims and unique shapes, like curved sofas.
Art Deco Living Room Ideas
The smaller pieces in an Art Deco living room will be noticeable and beautiful, so when it comes to the decorative accents, include metal (gold, silver, etc.). Throw velvet decorative pillows on a velvet sofa, laying on a blanket (preferably velvet!) for good measure. To truly make your living room feel as Art Deco as possible, though, make sure your coffee table's got at least one unique design element, such as a metal hardware or glass top!
Modern Art Deco Living Room
Art Deco is a period of time that's gone by; while it's fun to think and read and sing about, the fact of the matter is that it's in the past. Most people make the period work for the modern eye by incorporating pieces of modern trends. If the style of a particular loveseat or lampshade is full-on Depression-era, balance it out with a modern complement, such as a minimalist end table or chrome lamp base.
Art Deco Bedroom Ideas
Since Art Deco is all about "more," you want to be careful of it in the bedroom – a space that, for sleep-inducing purposes, should be devoted to "less." Bring no more than one or two Art Deco pieces into a bedroom; since bedrooms are one of the smaller-sized rooms of the house, one or two will be more than enough to make a statement. A classic trick to make a bedroom feel all-Art Deco (without actually being all-Art Deco), is the throw pillow: choose patterned pillows of the style, such as Greek key, and layer them on a neutral bedspread and headboard for contrast!
More Art Deco Decorating Ideas
Book covers, blown up, make great wall art; in Art Deco, go for 1920s literature. (Movie posters and album sleeves also work for this purpose!) A gramophone in a corner, decorative or real, makes a head-turning statment, and framed 1920s newsprints or newspaper headlines bring the style home.
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