Decorating In A Modern Art Deco Style

The Art Deco style trend gained popularity in the 1920s and 1930s. The Art Deco movement represented luxury, glamour and exuberance, though some thought it to be gaudy and inappropriately luxurious.  

Art Deco is defined by rich colors, bold geometric shapes, and lavish ornamentation style that first appeared in France after World War I.  

During the 1930s, the Art Deco style was used extensively for public works projects, railway stations, dining cars and ocean liners.  

Art Deco in Film

The exceptional beauty of the Art Deco style can be seen on the lavish sets of filmmaker, Baz Luhrmann’s take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby.

If you have not yet seen the movie, put it on your to-do-list. The set designers outdid themselves with this one; the film is truly brought to life by these inspiring set designs.

View Architectural Digest’s The Great Gatsby slideshow here.  

A Modern Take On An Old Classic

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Masculine Art Deco Design

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Photo credit: Garrison Hullinger  

Feminine Art Deco Design

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Contemporary Art Deco  

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Photo credit: Favreau Designs  

Roaring 20’s Meet The 21st Century  

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Classic Art Deco  

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Classic Art Deco is reminiscent of the Roaring 20s and Old Hollywood. This room feels as though it was frozen in time, with it’s over-the-top opulence.

If you love the look, but are a little fearful of it, remember you can tone it down to fit your taste. Create an Art Deco inspired room with touches of the Art Deco style mixed in with the contemporary or traditional styles you currently have.

Shop – Art Deco furnishings can be found at Wayfair and Art Deco posters may be purchased at and Zazzle.

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