Channel the luxurious style of 1920s and 30s interiors by introducing a little Art Deco-inspired design
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If you’re hoping to create a living space that’s striking, elegant and ever so slightly luxurious, look to the bold colours, sumptuous fabrics and sleek metallic surfaces of Art Deco.
Not sure where to start? Check out these ideas to find some inspiration.
Light up with chrome
The new materials of the machine age inspired Art Deco’s use of stainless steel, aluminium and plastics, as well as gleaming chrome plating.
In your contemporary living room, introduce chrome through furniture and accessories, or choose a statement floor lamp like this one.
The silver orb punctuates the decadent living area and adds to the variety of luxurious surfaces that fill the space.
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Tuck in some club chairs
For an instant shot of Art Deco glamour, invest in a club chair or two.
Originally called the ‘fauteuil confortable’, or ‘comfortable armchair’, these rounded seats were first created in France, but many different designs emerged throughout the 20th century.
These two leather models in a soft brown shade are chic and stylish, but look invitingly comfy, too.
Be bold with colour
Many Art Deco interiors are characterised by a striking monochrome colour scheme, but the style is also synonymous with bold shades.
Bring in vivid tones of peacock blue, emerald green, reds and yellows. Here, the blue sofa is lifted by gold cushions and complemented by a vase of red flowers.
The colours are strong, but they tone together to create a look that’s elegant and sumptuous, rather than overpowering.
Make it metallic
As well as using new industrial materials, the designers of original Art Deco interiors showcased metals such as brass and copper.
There are plenty of beautiful furniture pieces and accessories on the market that feature these classic metallics. Try a glass and brass coffee table like this one, or choose metal light fixtures.
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Geometric forms are a big part of Art Deco design, so include them where possible. They don’t have to be part of a wallpaper or fabric pattern, however. Instead, look out for furniture and accessories with black outlines that form straight-lined shapes.
The coffee table here is a perfect example of how to lightly bring geometrics into your scheme. The pentagons created by the table’s base are complemented by the triangular mirrors on the side table and the series of rectangles on the lamp.
Style with storage
Combine design and function by incorporating Art Deco-style storage into your living room. A sideboard is ideal, as it provides plenty of space for clutter and is an extra surface for displaying art and accessories.
This one features a patterned door, inspired by the Art Deco trend for wooden inlays.
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Max out a mirror
Add an extra gleaming surface to your Art Deco-style living room with a mirror. Classic looking glasses of the period often had bevelled edges and were engraved with geometric patterns, or perhaps animals.
This large design takes centre stage over the mantel and ties in with the starburst light and metallic coffee table.
Are you a fan of the Art Deco look? How have you brought it into your home? Share your thoughts and ideas in the Comments section.
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