Whether you're a lover of vintage aesthetics or simply looking to inject some personality and luxury into your interiors, Art Deco is the perfect style to explore.
The Art Deco movement emerged in the 1920s and 1930s and was influenced by bold, geometric shapes, symmetrical patterns, and glamorous finishes often in gold or brass. The interiors of this era were flamboyant and luxurious, with bright colours, animal prints, and plenty of gold and mirror finishes. By incorporating some of these design elements into your home, you can bring a touch of Gatsby-esque glamour and decadence into your everyday life.
Living in an Art Deco house has ignited a passion for all things Gatsby-esque, and anyone who watches Peaky Blinders or old episodes of Poirot for the interior aesthetics knows what i’m talking about, if you think art deco was all pared back minimalistic design think again, it was actually a riot of colour and pattern and whilst researching the Art Deco movement I discovered just how flamboyant the interiors of the 1920s and 30s were. Along with the monochrome and sleek lines, there were also lots of bright, bold colours, animal prints, and lots of gold and mirror finishes. The luxurious and glamorous look is the ultimate goal!
Last year I visited a true art deco gem, Burgh Island Hotel, located off the coast of Devon, England it has a rich history dating back to the early 20th century and the most wonderful art deco interiors full of inspiration! The hotel is accessible only by sea tractor at high tide and was originally built in 1929 as a luxurious retreat for rich and glamorous holidaymakers. It quickly became a hub for socialites, writers, and artists, attracting the likes of Noel Coward and the one and only Agatha Christie!
The hotel's Art Deco style is a major part of its appeal and was heavily influenced by the glamour and opulence of the 1920s and 1930s. The original architect, Oliver Hill, was known for his innovative designs and use of geometric shapes and patterns. His influence is evident throughout the hotel's striking exterior and interior design.
The building itself is a real showstopper, and for the whole stay I felt like I was an actress in an episode of Poirot! I was just hoping there wasn’t going to be a murder mystery after cocktail hour!
The hotel's public areas are a tribute to the Art Deco style and feature bold geometric patterns, sleek lines, and rich materials such as marble, brass, and glass. The Palm Court, a popular gathering spot for guests for a pre dinner martini or two features a beautiful domed ceiling and a central fountain, while the Grand Ballroom boasts impressive stained-glass windows and a beautiful grand piano, I was tempted with a rendition of chopsticks but felt it would spoil the ambience.
The hotel's guest rooms are equally stylish and feature original Art Deco-furnishings like walnut beds and 1930’s chairs and wardrobes with period details such as original light fixtures and vintage telephones. The rooms are designed to offer guests a luxurious and comfortable retreat, with many boasting stunning sea views and private balconies.
So how can you add some art deco glamour to your own home? Here’s how!
One easy way to add some Art Deco style to your home is through colour. Peach, grey, rose, blue, and yellow hues were all popular during the Art Deco era and can provide a chic and glam backdrop in modern-day interiors.
An art deco inspired bar I designed in a garage!
For a more striking look, consider incorporating a monochrome scheme, complete with a black and white stripe wallpaper or geometrical.
Wallpaper can have a place in most modern homes, and there are many Art Deco-inspired options to choose from.
If you don't want to go full throttle with an Art Deco-inspired wallpaper, you could introduce some Art Deco-inspired prints instead, such as replica travel posters and Vogue magazine front covers.
When it comes to furniture, think velvet scalloped back cocktail chairs, feather lamps, and brass and glass circular bar carts. These pieces will add an instant touch of luxury and sophistication to any space. Successful interior schemes often incorporate vintage with modern, plain with patterns, and different textures and metals such as brass, marble, and chrome. You can pick up original 1930's walnut furniture cheaply at auctions and charity shops as well as online auctions.
lighting is key to creating an Art Deco-inspired space. From polished finishes to fabulous fluted glass lighting fixtures, the right lighting can transform a room and transport you back to the glamorous era of Art Deco. Whether you're looking for statement pendants or sculptural table lamps, there are plenty of options to choose from to create a space that is both beautiful and functional.
Incorporating Art Deco elements into your home can be a fun and exciting way to add some personality and glamour to your space. With its bold shapes, striking colours, and luxurious finishes, the Art Deco movement has plenty to offer for those looking to add a touch of vintage charm to their interiors. So why not embrace the opulence of the roaring 20s and 30s and give your home the Art Deco treatment it deserves and you can feel like a movie star everyday!