#TuesdayTips - get the Art Deco look in your home

Posted 14 June 2016 by Helen Christie

Rising to prominence in the 1920s, Art Deco is one of the most instantly recognisable styles that can be brought to your home...

An expert in the aesthetics of the look, Rebecca Snowden, interior style adviser at Furniture Choice, has put together a range of tips for WhatHouse? to help you get the one-of-a-kind style into your home…

Be bold

Part of the allure of the Art Deco style is its powerful, mould-breaking nature. In your home, combine geometric lines and contrasting colours, using plenty of glossy, primary coloured tiles in the kitchen and bathroom, and rich reds and mahoganies in the more relaxing living and bedrooms.

Try using white as a backdrop, using brighter, more colourful shades in your choice of décor, and if you're feeling confident, alter the architecture and create geometric designs using marble.

Artistic expression

Unable to radically alter the make-up of your home? That's fine – you can get the Art Deco look easily with a few artistic touches, here and there.

Hop online or head to your nearest poster or art shop and have a browse. There's a huge volume of art that represents the period available for sale, and in most cases framed examples are very affordable.

Stylish homeware

On every high street and in every town, the eagle-eyed and patient can easily find examples of Art Deco homeware, knick knacks and furniture for a low price, all thanks to the charity shop – a godsend for anyone who secretly wishes they lived through the twenties and thirties.

Yes, there might be a few less-than-beautiful bits and bobs out there, but chances are you'll be able to get hold of goods that simply don't exist in high street stores.

Exotic touches

Mixing the rich, free nature of art nouveau with the heavy industrialisation of the early 20th century, Art Deco served to pair together the dreamy with the materialist. To achieve this in your home, try contrasting metallic golds and silvers with fine woods such as maple, mahogany and ebony.

Metallic leafing is always a great choice for the Art Deco lover, as are pieces of wooden furniture that feature different-coloured woods set into one another, thereby creating exciting, jagged, geometric shapes.

Tone down the lighting

As we already know, Art Deco is all about contrasts, and the same goes for the lighting that's used to show off the style's luxurious flair. While your furnishings, walls and ornaments might be fine and flashy, the lighting should be the opposite, taking on a restrained and shadow-casting tone.

The smoky 1930s jazz bar aesthetic can be better produced by using lamps to pick out and highlight the best, most beautiful aspects of the room, be it a chaise lounge or tiled table. Make sure to leave some features in the shadows, however – you don't want to be too showy, after all!


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