Art Deco: A Look at the Opulent Style


Design styles are intrinsically linked to culture. The trends, technologies, social norms and even political climate of a certain time period influence everything from architecture to fashion to interior design. This connection between culture and design is amazingly apparent when studying art deco. The design style that’s so often described as “bold” and “opulent” is a striking representation of its time period: the Roaring ’20s.

Understanding the bold aesthetic

The art deco style is often called “eclectic,” largely due to its seamless combination of stark, geometric lines and shapes with grandiose ornamentation and exotic details. The mixture makes for a striking aesthetic that’s easy to recognize. Whether you’re studying architecture or interior design, you’ll notice some key identifiers of the style.