Optimistic and Bright Art Deco Interior Design

Streamlined, geometric style of home furnishings popular in the '20s and '30s featuring rounded fronts, mirrored accents, sleek lines and wood furniture with glass tops.


The mood during the early 20th Century was optimistic and hopeful, and it translated seamlessly into the realm of Interior Design.

Like society's attitude, Art Deco interior design seems to be sparkling and bright, literally!

Viewing a room from top to bottom, you would first notice the sleek, glossy hardwood floors patterned with geometric shapes.

Area rugs and other textiles were bright and colourful - zigzags, chevrons and sunbursts were popular motifs.

Color. The most popular colors were glossy black, chrome, silver, yellow and red. You could also use cream, off whites, beige, oyster and shades of green. Colourful art deco stained glass was found not just in churches, but in nightclubs, hotels, government buildings, elevators and residential homes.

Walls. Art deco is all about symmetry and balance which you could capture using wallpaper

Furniture and other common household items all had a futuristic, modern look.

Floors. Parquet wooden floors with a polished finish, similar to what is shown in the staircase image, would really pull your deco look together or you could select a linoleum with an abstract design. Black and white vinyl tiles were also a popular floor finish so perhaps introduce that look as a stunning feature.

Mirrors were a big accessory during the deco period so either big or small would make a great contribution to a wall in your room.

Fireplace. Art Deco fireplaces were often constructed from concrete which unfortunately means that not many have survived today. An example of a polished cast iron fireplace  was a great addition to the deco home however it was expensive. The other example made of marble and has been cut to the design typical of the fashionable geometrical, linear look that represents this style.

Sweeping curved lines and angular shapes were a common sight.

Brushed steel finishes and glass were used liberally as they contributed to the sleek, modern look.

Overall, Art Deco interiors were modern and elegant.