Art Deco Elements Create a Contemporary Flap

Generally linked to the flapper style of the 1920s, art deco appeared as a reaction to the enthusiasm of contemporary developments after World War I and flourished through the ’30s and ’40s. The art deco period was led by fashion; it had been concerned less with performance and more with developing a contemporary appearance that made the most of emerging industrial procedures. Rich colors, zigzags and sharply angled and cubistic types were commonly exhibited in high-gloss metals, dark lacquer, exotic woods, leather and mirrors. Artistic and glamorous, art deco still affects contemporary geometric layouts.

Interior Styles, Inc..

This painted door epitomizes art deco styling. It imitates using exotic woods and inlays common during the span; the rich colors and sharp angles were also popular then.

Greensboro, Cabinet Concepts

Zebra timber — as seen within this darkened kitchen was among the wealthy new woods used during the art deco period, together with Macassar ebony.

Lots of the substances and techniques used in this age resulted in high manufacturing costs, so art deco design was used more in public places, like hotels, restaurants and even the famous luxury ocean liners of their day.

Robin Muto

Stepped layouts were also popular, particularly in furniture; they mimicked the architecture of skyscrapers. This contemporary bathroom employs art deco inspiration by means of high gloss, the skyscraper design and using black. Beautiful!

Atmosphere Interior Design Inc..

Chrome and Black have been thought to reflect new technologies, so the colour combination was used often in art deco. This powder room shows all the glamour of the period.

Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers

Art Deco Borders

Art deco embraced its era of accelerated industrialization. Powerful zigzags emulated electricity and the sporadic nature of contemporary jazz. The zigzag and geometric patterns of this age have been beautifully replicated from the borders shown here.

VOH Architects

Geometric layout has enjoyed a revival. The rich colors and layout of the flooring here wouldn’t have been out of place from the art deco age.


More geometric floors in this diverse room, where high-gloss dark walls and leather chairs together with what seems like a tortoiseshell or veneer cabinet on the right side. All very art deco.

Envision living

A very modern take on art deco principles: clean, sharp angles, high-gloss metal and glass, and leather chairs.


Square Cut Corner Tray – $70

And lastly, a bit tortoiseshell accessory that I adore. It provides the perfect glamorous art deco finishing touch.

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