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Your Home and Art Deco Style

By Dana Burnett

Is your decorating style somewhere between modern and traditional? If this sounds like your decorating taste, why not give your home a little art deco style. This style is becoming popular again due to its simplistic lines and hints of luxury. These tips will help you take any room and give it an art deco makeover.

What is Art Deco? Art Deco is a style of decorating and design that surged into popularity after World War I due to its glamorous style and industrial touches. Popular movies from the 1930′s demonstrate this trend in lush and elegant sets. A simple way to explain this decorating style is that it is modernism with a softer touch using bold colors and geometric shapes. It is an easy trend to bring to life in your own home thanks to the many decorative accessories available today.

Flooring: The typical art deco interior features checkered tiles of black and white or marble. When rugs are used as well, they are usually in a geometric or swirling design. Thanks to the many area rugs available on the market today, copying this idea is easy. By selecting an area rug first, this gives you a starting point for colors and accents.

Lighting: The use of lighting in this style is to give a soft glow and is normally sleek in design. This can include ceiling lights, wall sconces, table lamps, and floor lamps. Often the base of table lamps would be a bronze looking figurine as bronze and glass are a popular fixture of art decoart deco styles. When floor lamps are used, they are generally tall torchiers of metal. Again these are styles that are readily available in stores and online.

Furniture: Streamlined furniture of metal or exotic wood are a common element of art deco designs, velvet often gives a luxurious touch in upholstery to the sleek designs. Room dividers and screens are popular in art deco designs and you can make one yourself with a room divider and leather like cloth for insets. If your not the DIY type, purchase a metal screen in a swirling design for the same effect with less work.

Home Accents: The Art Deco style is perfect for budget decorating due to the simplicity of the designs. The use of mirrors is common, to add to the authenticity select mirrors in geometric patterns and use them in groups. Colored glass accents add a splash of color and a hint of luxury that is a must have in Art Deco designs. Due to the simplicity of the accents used in Art Deco rooms, many of the items can be purchased at your local dollar store and used in groups to create more visual impact.

Art deco is a style that has been around for generations and it continues to be a constant in the design world as a more luxurious variation of modern design and a more trendy alternative to traditional designs. By just adding a few crucial home decor pieces, it is easy to create art deco style in your home.

Want to find out more about home decor, then visit for home decorating tips. Dana Michelle Burnett is a home decor retailer and author of the home decorating book Home Decorating for the Real World.

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