ART DECO STYLE
The Art Deco look in home decor and architecture has never really gone out of style, ever since it was first introduced in the 1920s and 1930s. It was popular back then because it represented the modern thinking of the Jazz Age. It is still popular now because this sleek, streamlined and striking style has a classic appeal and it works in so many types of spaces. Every generation discovers it all over again!
It was named after the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs held in Paris in 1925. This was a showcase of exciting new designs and the sexy new Art Deco style made waves that had a big ripple effect. If you have ever been to Miami’s South Beach or admired the iconic New York Chrysler Building or Empire State Building, you have already admired this style!
The key features of Art Deco home accessories are prominent and well-defined curves and lines. Applied decoration is also important to the look, including sunbursts, geometrics and stylized floral designs.
The sleek lines are made even more alluring by the use of glossy and shiny materials. This creates a sense of opulence, which makes an interesting contrast to the relatively unfussy silhouettes of the furniture. The reflective surfaces might include glass, mirror, lacquered finishes and metals, especially chrome. Gorgeous slabs of marble are typical on buffets or other furniture. These materials are substantial but also glamorous. Everybody feels in the mood for a party when they see one of these pieces. It immediately feels like it is time to shine up the cocktail shaker, dress up in your finest Roaring Twenties outfit, and start sparkling!
The style will work perfectly with many different interior design styles, including modern and contemporary schemes. You can be sure that any antique or vintage Art Deco furniture will become a focal point in your room, thanks to the fine craftsmanship, chic lines and sensuous finishes.