Industrialization around the world brought mass production which meant the average working person could afford the elegant, lavish art deco style that only the rich previously enjoyed. Remnants of this period still exist in the architecture of large cities: The Chrysler Building and Radio City Music Hall are exemplary examples of the period. Thrift and antique shops sell art deco furniture, jewelry, clothing and dishes. Vintage art deco cars are coveted by collectors all over the world. Interior design reaped the biggest influence of the art deco era and you can easily recreate it with little cost in your twenty-first century home.
Art Deco Interior Design
Art deco design stormed the design scene between 1920 and 1940. This "new modern" in interior design was gaudy yet glamorous and as energetic as the era
Characteristics of Art Deco Interior Design
When scavenging thrift stores, look for posters of the time period and mount them in black lacquered frames with glass. Look for accessories that are tall, thin and slightly curved; colored glass, shiny metal chrome, ivory or jade. Stained glass pieces and mirrors were popular in art deco. Rugs had geometric patterns and bold colors. Furniture displayed voluptuous curves and was often mirrored or lacquered. Nudes, foliage and stylized animals were common themes.
Choose velvet, chenille or mohair fabrics for that old art deco chair you found at the flea market. Include piping and trim and over stuff those chairs to achieve the curvy look. Bold geometric or flowered patterns are permissible in draperies and furniture.
Art Deco Paint Trims
Walls and ceilings were painted in bold colors. It wasn't uncommon to see a black ceiling and metallic gold or silver on the walls. Homeowners didn't shy away from painting each wall in a room a different color. One of the most popular paint colors was orchid, a lavender hue. The color was used in every room of the house, and even plumbing fixtures came in orchid. Peach and sea-foam green paint were often used alongside orchid.
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DIY Art Deco
To get a genuine feel for art deco, watch some old Jean Harlow movies. Jean Harlow was a popular actress during the golden age of cinema. Pay close attention to the lavish furnishings used on the set. That's art deco! Scavenge the thrift stores, flea markets, swap meets and estate sales for furniture. Get on the Internet and search for reproductions. You can easily find reproduction posters in retail stores and online. You'll recognize them by the symmetrical lines and geometric patterning. Use caution when selecting furniture. Many sellers erroneously label pieces as art deco. Keep certain ideas in mind when shopping: Bold colors; geometric shapes; curvy lacquered furniture; over-stuffed chairs; beveled symmetrical mirrors and stained glass. Glitz and glamor symbolized the rowdy and energetic new modern of the "Roaring Twenties" sharply contrasting the more sedate design of the nineteenth century. Reproduce art deco in any home by shopping for antique items at flea markets, antique malls and estate sales.