Written by Luis Fabian González
The movement that originated in the 1920s represented modernism turned into fashion, is associated with Machine Age materials and bold geometric shapes symbolizing an automotive and industrial feel always looking for that luxurious decadent and glamour.
Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, one of the pioneers of the Art Deco movement said, “Only the very rich can pay for what is new and they alone can make it fashionable. Fashion don’t start among the common people. Along with satisfying a desire for change, fashion’s real purpose is to display wealth”. So, if you are looking for unrestrained wealth and elegance or an undeniably refined yet decadent style, this is for you.
The Art Deco style could be found in fine art as well as furniture, fashion, jewelry, textiles and architecture. There are plenty od distinctive famous buildings that have the look, the Chrysler Building and the Rockefeller Centre are beautiful examples. If you are looking to applying it to interior design have in mind the tree main elements of this style, Geometric shapes, Lavish ornamentation and Industrial aspects.
Start with plenty of metallics; from gold to silver, stainless steel, and chrome, you can also incorporate leather. Try to replicate the advances in modern technology of the 1920s, find materials with strong lines, use crafted luxury items and mass-produced goods, but, in either case, the intention was to create a sleek and antitraditional elegance that symbolized wealth and sophistication.
Make a contrast with exotic wood to accomplish a great effect, rare and dark woods like ebony, walnut, maple and ash were often used for furniture and flooring, allowing natural wood grains to emphasize the light linear quality of his designs. Wood is highly polished, or alternatively it is given a lacquer finish that has an unparalleled glamour. Deluxe materials like marble are also prevalent in rooms of this style with its slick and reflective look for everyday glamour in the home; use these elements to amplify the extravagance and luxurious feel.
When you think of the Great Gatsby, you instantly remember the use of black, white, silver and gold color themes, there is also a great range of colors that complement these high-shine details like bright, bold and deep yellows, reds, greens, blues and pinks are the most used tones to counterpart deco interiors. Not only rich colors are used, if you are looking for a more toned down or subdue, softer glimpse, creams and beiges can be adopted for a beautiful compliment to the boldness.
Patterns and prints are essential in an Art Deco interior design, they can be added to walls, floors, decoration or upholstered furniture, even with lots of patterns you can be harmonious. Geometric or nature decorative designs are extraordinary illustrations that can be used in so many ways. Examples of nature patters may include leaves, branches and feathers, you can even go wild with animal prints or be restrain with sunbursts. Emulate the changes of the decade with the mathematical geometric elements of patterns, Art Deco is characterized by trapezoidal, zigzagged, chevron and triangular shapes, stepped or pointed angular edges that are reminiscent of skyscrapers, have in mind precise and clear lines with clean and hard edges, mix shapes and sizes whit spherical forms so you can create an effect of frenzy movement luxurious drama.
When you are thinking of patterns remember the influences for this movement are ranging from Cubism to Italian Futurism, there were also discoveries being made around the world which heavily influenced the style. The pyramids of Egypt, The tomb of Tutankhamun and various archeological Aztec digs.
If you’re ready to add some Deco details to your space don’t be afraid, whether you incorporate Art Deco from floor to ceiling or just add a chair or side table into the mix, the style is sure to elevate your space. Today’s take on updated art deco style is decidedly playful and modern for a standout look that lend any room an elegant and luxurious feel and can be used everywhere and it guarantees to bring a touch of old-school glamour and flair to your living space.