Today we have Adrienne Breedlove, our in house Domestic Design Expert, teaching us about Art Deco decor and how we can incorporate into our own homes! I know I have a few pieces of Art Deco furniture and lighting around my house, and I consider my entire bathroom to be inspired by this decade.
I’m so excited to bring you the first decor installment of The Glamorous Housewife’s period series. We’re beginning with the 1920s, a decade that revolved around luxury and elegance. Could there possibly be a more fitting starting point? The most prominent style of the time was called “Art Deco”, a distinctive design that was heavily influenced by the art in it’s time. It first appeared in it’s earliest forms during a French art exposition in the mid 1920s, and became popular in America later into the decade. At this time following World War I, America was doing well economically and was reflected in society’s decor, fashion, and overall lifestyles. Art Deco emanated drama, and homes were heavily decorated, extravagant and very large.
The early Art Deco influenced home featured a recurring theme of bold geometric shapes and symmetrical designs throughout both architecture and decor. The colors predominantly used were deep tones in browns, purples, and blacks. Floors were a dark wood, accented with large rugs adorned with stylized patterns. Window treatments featured heavy draperies that either hung straight, or were uniformly pulled back. This texture was sometimes reflected onto the walls by upholstering them in velvety fabrics or rich damask. Light fixtures were a focal point all their own, featuring dazzling chandeliers, beautifully crafted wall sconces, and table lamps.The furniture found in these homes was nothing short of spectacular. We’ve all seen the chairs and chaises of this time, glamorous pieces in sweeping curves with those signature scrolled ends. Wood inlay and lacquer was very popular during the Twenties, and seating was framed in dark wood. For wealthier families, marble and ebony were very popular. There just isn’t anything about this era that doesn’t feel glamorous.
There are countless ways to incorporate this style into a modern home. Even a home that doesn’t meet the grand scale of the architecture of this period can easily tap into the Twenties by using the right pieces. My favorite method is for bedrooms is incorporating heavy drapery. A trick to creating that “grand” feeling, is hanging the curtains from the ceiling to the floor, and down the length of the wall if you can.
It’s all in the details, ladies. Search your local antique and vintage stores for elaborate lighting like this lamp. Look for fixtures that feature geometric patterns, and you’ll be sure to have a fit! You can also seek out a company like Restoration Hardware, and save yourself some hours of searching and possibly rewiring.
If it suits your tastes, a saturated colors scheme can create the lavish atmosphere that resonates with this decade.
Finally, feature furniture synonymous with the style in your home. Wood is still fairly easy to find, and Twenties seating is definitely worth buying and reupholstering if you can find it. Steer away from plaids or floral pattern and keep furniture in solids and accident with patterned pillows.Now that you know the basics of the Art Deco style, I hope that you feel confident and inspired to creating this look in your home. Happy decorating!
Here are a few items I thought might inspire your Art Deco decor:
And from Etsy:
Art Deco Skyscraper Light (here)
Dressing Table Set (here)
Art Deco Sign Letters (here)
Vintage Purple Glass Bottle (here)
Jadite Green Canisters (here)
Bakelite Bankers Desk Light (here)