You don’t need to be an interior designer or have deep pockets to indulge in a little art deco interior design. Neither is an art deco house – built in the early decades of the last century – a requirement. With a little hard work and a few clever buys you can pay homage to this glamorous look wherever you live.
Pic: Sweetpea & Willow
Black and white is probably the combination that springs to mind when you think art deco, and it can work beautifully in a living room. This iconic art deco pairing is strong on drama with pretty much equal doses of both, but for a living space, we’d suggest a finish that’s a little more restful (you can always go the whole hog in a hallway). In this living room (above), black takes the leading role while the rug features a black and white geometric pattern but over a limited area.
Prefer an art deco-inspired living room that features colour? Opulent tones will create the reference you’re after. Peacock blues and greens have the right feel, or consider rich yellow or purple. Where to use them? Try choosing them for upholstered furniture or even to paint walls for a low-cost DIY solution. Alternatively, how about opting for shutters in a typical art deco colour. We can colour match ours to any shade you like.
Pic: California Shutters
Try art deco style wallpaper
Instead of painting walls, you can reference the style in your choice of wallpaper. Geometric pattern is key, and there are classic art deco wallpapers that feature richly detailed geometric motifs on offer on the high street and online that’ll really up the glam factor in a living room. For a more subtle reference, dial down the detail while sticking to symmetry, as this pretty paper (above) does.
Pic: Melody Maison
Investing in original furniture from the period with its strong, boldly curvaceous lines just isn’t an option for most of us. However, you can get an art deco look by DIYing. High shine finishes are an important part of the style, so why not revamp your old wooden furniture or trawl junk shops for bargains to make over? You can give wood a shiny lacquer or gloss finish with spray or paint-on finishes.
Mirrored glass furniture is also perfect for the style, and will give your living room sparkle, or hang a mirror with art deco detailing – a sunburst pattern is just right.
Select a window treatment
As ornate and intricate as the rest of a room might be, art deco style window treatments were often simple, or entirely absent. Letting the world look in at your room isn’t what most of us want, though, so we reckon you’ll prefer to dress your window for privacy.
You could choose other dressings and we freely admit we’re biased, but shutters work a treat in art deco-influenced room schemes. They’re unfussy but they have the elegant symmetry that’s a must, and of course if you choose ours, they’re money-saving because you fit them yourself.
Give a nod to Great Gatsby-style entertaining in the finishing touches. Show off a cocktail shaker, or even add a drinks trolley with cocktail glasses to your living room. Then turn off the overhead pendant and light the room with up or downlighters to create a gorgeous glow.