Have you recently watched The Great Gatsby and got mesmerized by aesthetics and design shown in the movie? You are not the only one. Art deco was slowly but surely coming back over the past years, and the influence of films such as this one and many others only confirmed that the best inspiration can be found in our past. You do not necessarily need to live in a mansion like Leonardo di Caprio, but we have the tips that will help you achieve your bedroom looks like that.
What is Art Deco?
Art Deco is one of those words that sound so posh, but rarely who knows what it represents. Briefly said, art deco is a style of design, movement in decorative arts and architecture. It first showed during the twenties in Europe, and during the thirties, it evolved in a reputable style in the USA and Europe. If art deco sounds french to you, you are absolutely correct. The name comes from an exhibition held in Paris in 1925, Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, where this style was represented for the first time.
Art Deco Features
So, how to recognize the art deco when you see it? It is hard to tell because nowadays, so many styles are intertwined. Mixing and matching have never been more popular, especially in design, so finding a clear example of art deco without noticing other influences is almost impossible. But some of the main characteristic motifs include foliage, animals, nude figures, and sun rays. In general, it is all about making a statement. These interiors are always bold, eye-catching, provocative, and luxurious. Besides that, other features include geometric ornamentation, feathers, leaves, curvy shapes, repetition, clean shapes, expensive luxury materials, a lot of black, gold, and metallics, etc.
How to Decorate Your Bedroom in Art Deco Way
Depending on your preferences, you can only add specific details or do a complete revamp of your bedroom from floor to ceiling. Keep in mind that you have to find that fine balance because it is easy to get carried away and turn everything into kitsch. The result should be timeless, luxurious, not tacky. So, here are some of our recommendations to begin with:
Art Deco Themes
Yes, this style tends to have a theme, depending on the pattern or motifs you go for. Of course, you can totally avoid that if you are not into themes. Themes that appear repeatedly are branches and leaves, feathers, stylized animals, nudes, etc. They are mainly represented on wallpapers, but they can also come as details on bedding, furniture, and decoration.
What Type of Materials Should I Use?
Common materials are stainless steel, lacquer, ebony, marble, glass, chrome, inlaid wood, and even furs or skins of exotic animals like zebras. Anything rare, extravagant, or expensive is more than welcome. Large mirrors with lavish shiny frames, bed frames made from wrought iron, a golden metal table, are only some of the ways you can put an accent on materials and furniture.
What are Typical Art Deco Colors?
In the majority of interiors, you can find art deco is all about contrasts, bold and striking vivid colors, that are not for everyone. Usually, silver, gold, or black are combined with a deep or light green, blue, pink, and yellow. However, when there is a lot of polished wooden furniture, lacquered floors, softer shades like beige and creamy tones with a hint of gold are also a good combination. Although much more frequent in living rooms than in bedrooms.
What Type of Furniture is Considered Art Deco?
As with everything else, furniture also needs to be a unique piece, made from rare and exotic materials like zebrawood, for example. Chrome and metallics combined with glass are also featured frequently, especially for tables and chairs, mirrors, chandeliers, candleholders, and other decorations. This furniture is usually more massive than the average. Large beds with giant headboards, extra-long tables, it all has to be a bit grand and make a statement.
How to Properly Lighten All That Luxury?
Lighting is another essential element of this story because when you have so many materials that are sparkling and reflective, you need to have a light that will get the most out of them. In some antique shops, you can even find original lighting dating from the 20s and 30s, but there are also a lot of good spin-offs. Etched or enameled glass, tiered and elongated forms, and a lot of metallics. You can opt for pendant lighting, table, and floor lamps, all at the same time.
The Bottom Line
Whether you are hesitant to redecorate your bedroom in the art deco style or you are ready to paint the walls and put on some theme wallpapers, you have to keep in mind that this style is a bit extravagant. And if you put everything, it might be a bit overwhelming, especially for a bedroom. Instead, please take a look at our recommendations and take only those things that suit your style. That way, you will get a custom result, and a bedroom tailored to your taste.
Since traveling to different places fascinates her, Karen used her escapades to see the world's best home interior designs and styles. She graduated with a degree in Interior Designing and is practicing for several years now. When she's energized, you will often see her name on different blogs as she writes some of the best designs along with their photographs.