If you’re looking to introduce a healthy blend of vintage and modern styles into your home, electing to use an Art Deco-inspired aesthetic could be the proper course of action. Originally conceived in the first half of the 20th century, this decor philosophy seeks to bring excitement, glamour and bold designs into the average home. Art Deco broke away from more traditional elements like wood and stone in favor of modern materials like plastic, glass and metal. Additionally, this style adopted bright, eye-catching color schemes in furniture and geometric patterns in area rugs and fabrics to counter its potential for emptiness or artificiality.
Springtime Colors that Pop
As the beautiful spring weather sets in, the characteristic hues and styles of an Art Deco home become even more appropriate. While there is certainly a restrained quality to the ways colors are used, this control also allows contrasting shades to truly pop.
For example, the majority of furnishings in an Art Deco home, such as bars and cabinets, may feature dark browns and varying shades of black. This provides the framework necessary to draw attention toward other pieces like a bright blue contemporary area rug in the center of the room. This same principle works for all manner of traditional spring colors – light blue, green, yellow, pink and orange.
Balance Geometric and Organic Shapes
The inherent modernity of the Art Deco aesthetic – despite it being nearly a century old – is further reinforced by its heavy use of geometric shapes and bold, simple lines – forgoing the ornate designs of other antique periods. To balance this look, natural decor in the form of flower arrangements and potted plants will soften the hard edges a bit – though these should also be used sparingly in keeping with Art Deco’s established appeal.
- Tim Gosling