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Art deco design interior: Style basics

by Becky Lanier 11/16/2022

Art deco interior design has been popular for over 100 years and is still trendy today. If you're interested in learning more about this style and what makes it special, there are some key elements to understand. Here is a basic guide to art deco and how to use it in your own home:

Motifs

Patterns and motifs are essential to art deco style. Some common motifs include zigzag patterns, chevron patterns, step patterns, sunbursts, trapezoids, triangles and parallel lines. Geometric and linear designs are characteristic of this style and emulate the symbolized technological and industrial advances of the era of its origin.

Materials

Art deco design is also defined by certain specific materials. Gold and steel accents in furniture, art and architecture are particularly common. Some other categories of materials include upscale fabrics, like velvet, high-shine metallics, like chrome, and expensive materials, like marble and ebony. When used together, these materials communicate the appreciation for luxurious surroundings.

Colors

Along with gold and silver accents, black is another staple of the art deco style. However, art deco interior design uses plenty of bold colors like wine red, emerald green and royal blue. Softer colors also appear in interiors such as beiges and cream shades, but are always accented by contrasting black or chrome. While some favor a more neutral palette, art deco rooms typically make use of at least one bold pop of color.

Lighting

Lighting is another area where art deco style can be applied to interiors. Light fixtures with dramatic shades made of etched glass, shiny chrome or fan shapes are common. However, lighting with aerodynamic, modern silhouettes is essential to making an art deco room complete. Opt for simple shapes in luxurious finishes, with pattern and embellishment reserved for shades and sconces.

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Becky Lanier

Becky Lanier is a veteran of the real estate industry. She received her TN real estate license in 2000, and represented clients throughout middle TN. In 2005 her family moved to Vicksburg, MS to follow her husband's career. When Hurricane Katrina hit, Becky and her husband volunteered with the American Red Cross to help dislocated individuals complete the necessary paperwork to start rebuilding their lives. Listening to their stories and helping them to move forward with the next chapter of their lives was one of the most humbling experiences of her life. When her family moved back to TN, she renewed her TN license in hopes of continuing to help people find their next home.

With a passion for service, Becky volunteers with many charities in middle TN and she is ready to help you with your home buying and selling needs. Becky is a member of the Exit Realty Bob Lamb & Associates family and carries their values of integrity, ethics, professionalism, communication and hard work. Recognizing that clients put their trust in her, she strives to give them the best customer service possible and to exceed their expectations.

In her spare time, Becky is an avid wildlife photographer and enjoys time with her family and two Goldendoodles, Tyson and Godiva.