Every store from Walmart to Urban Barn has aisles chock-full of mid-century decor. Even if you can’t spot its signature clean lines and minimal details from a mile away, most stores have products that are blatantly labeled “mid-century inspired.” Plus, there’s a good chance you have a piece or two in your home. It’s the biggest trend in the design world right now – but I’m ready for the fad to fade away.
For those who wish they could hang with Fitzgerald and Zelda and can’t pass up a geometric pattern, Art Deco style can bring all the glamour of the Roaring ’20s to a 21st-century space. Art Deco is characterized by rich colours, bold geometry, and decadent detail work. Having reached the height of its popularity in the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s, the style still brings in glamour, luxury, and order with symmetrical designs in exuberant shapes – a welcome departure.
Now, you don’t have to live on a Baz Lurhman film set – the devil is in the details after all. Try some of these to bring a touch of opulence to your space.
Geometric and Angular Forms
A decorative ceiling medallion is a feature that will stand out when someone is taking in the details of a room. (Bonus – if you have flaws in your ceiling they can help to disguise them)
Premiere furniture designers of the Art Deco era specialized in furniture made of rich, exotic woods – the rarer the wood, the better. For added glamour, try geometric inlay like those pictured here.
Try wallpaper to channel your inner flapper. Whether you choose a larger-than-life pattern for a statement wall or a sexy and subdued motif to line an entire room, a nod to the iconic style is in order. Rectangular blocky forms were often arranged in a geometric fashion, then broken up by curved ornamental elements like this gorgeous hand printed scrollwork (it comes in other shades if you’re not adventurous enough for periwinkle).
Strong and Bold
With the start of Art Deco, creams and beiges went out the window and more vibrant colours like orange and acid yellow became popular, as well as purple, green and lavender. Metallic finishes and reflective surfaces emphasize these colours like in this gorgeous coffee table.