Capture the iconic style of the 1920s with our guide to perfect Art Deco decor in your home
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Nothing beats an upholstered chair for long, relaxed dinners.
This design was inspired by a 1930s piece.
I love the contrast of the angular chairs and curvy dining table, which again takes its inspiration from the Art Deco era with a finish that resembles parchment.
Now found on glass, basins, backsplashes and kitchen cabinet ideas, the ribbed surfaces of the Art Dec era are making waves in the kitchen.
‘The unique curve was achieved using materials technology typically used in the protection zones for cars in F1 motor racing to reinforce and lighten the doors,’ says Smallbone’s ideation director, Iain O’Mahony.
‘The aim was to capture a sense of boundless imagination and craft-led design.
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Give your bathroom an instant update with this stylish surface that adds dynamism in spades. Terrazzo comes in many forms, but the main types of authentic terrazzo are cement or resin based.
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'I enjoy using pink in its many forms, dull, blush and even an orange-y pink,’ says Charu Gandhi, director of Elicyon(opens in new tab).
'Our projects are often quite tailored and chic so we find pink is very adaptable and fits well, it can be striking but also romantic and gives a real sense of soft glamor – almost a romanticism.
Pink room ideas also work very well with metals and even champagne gold trim fabrics, a common element within Art Deco decor ideas.'
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Our salvaged tropical hardwoods were used in the areas where the main cooking action takes place, says Maria Speake, founder, Retrouvius(opens in new tab).
Brilliant for the backsplash and kitchen countertops, the wood is innately water-resistant, hard-wearing and the odd splash of oil from cooking all adds to the timber’s own natural oiliness and is absorbed to help protect the wood.
Art Deco works are often symmetrical, geometric, streamlined and pleasing to the eye. This style is in contrast to avant-garde art of the period, which challenged everyday designers to find beauty in what were often anti-traditional forms.
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Large bedroom ideas can be challenging, as furniture tends to get lost in big spaces. The key is to have just a few well-proportioned pieces, not multiple furnishings, which can look disparate and underwhelming.
Sometimes all you need is the very hint at a partition to visually zone off one space from another. Use decorative glazing carefully and you may find you only need to extend this a foot or so into the center of a room to break the open-plan kitchen flow enough to create the desired separation.
The decadence and glamor of the 1920s is back in a big way, and you can apply this mood anywhere in your home.
A generous home bar is now the epicentre for modern home life and a hub for entertaining, so this interior designers believe this to be the optimum space to go for all-out opulence on a grand scale.
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To treat a bathroom as purely functional is to miss out on the opportunity to explore noble materials and eloquent furnishings inspired by the Art Deco period.
'I love pattern layered on pattern,' says Dara Caponigro, creative director, Schumacher(opens in new tab). 'The trick is to use different scales – something large, medium and small with a common color thread – even if it’s just a small note of the same color carried through.