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What is Art Deco?

Posted by CCE Bloggers on 4/11/2017 to General Home Decor
What is Art Deco?

When searching for new styles in which to decorate your home, you may come across something called "art deco." Originating out of 20th century Europe, art deco is unique and brilliant style that combines elements of classical art with geometric shapes, figures and metallic colors. Historians believe that art deco has influenced nearly all segments of modern design, including interior design. This is because art deco was among the first styles of interior decor to highlight modern technologies and materials.

Geometric Shapes

As stated above, one of the fundamental characteristics of art deco is geometric shapes and figures. While contemporary design allows for curved lines and shapes, art deco is one the opposite end of the spectrum. It embraces the use of clean lines and gemoetric shapes like squares, rectangles and even triangles. As such, it's a good idea to implement these shapes into your home if you want to achieve a genuine art deco style.

Art Deco Materials

Something else to consider when creating an art deco style in your home is materials. Rather than using traditional materials, you should stick with more unique alternative materials, including chrome, glass, steel, mirrors, aluminum and inlaid wood. These "alternative" materials create a more artistic appearance that sets the mood for a an authentic art deco atmosphere. With that said, you should still choose materials that are easy to clean and maintain.


Of course, you'll want to use the right colors when decorating your home in art deco. Metallic colors such as chrome and silver are excellent choices, as they embody the fundamental characteristics of art deco. However, other colors from which to choose include black, white, red, yellow and other bright colors. Art deco offers a wide range of colors from which to choose, so feel free to experiment with different color schemes to see what works and what doesn't.


So, what type of furnishings should you include in your art deco home? Furnishings should embrace the characteristics mentioned above, such as geometric shapes, clean lines and the aforementioned colors.

Hopefully, this gives you a better understanding of art deco and how to achieve it in your home.

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