Art Deco Design Style: a Simple Guide

​First published in Paris as Decoration Moderne dans l’Interieur, this rare 1935 portfolio of full-color plates reflect the influence of Art Deco modernism on architects and interior designers. A splendid book of authentic, hard-to-find designs has provided a treasury of inspiration for architects, interior designers, design students, and design lovers. 

Today, with this article, we won’t be as specific as Henry Delacroix. However, we made a selection of essential Art Deco Design tips.

We present you A Simple Guide for an Art Deco Interior Design Style
If you’re looking to: get to know the style better and learn how to design an interior fully-inspired by the style, you found the right article. 

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1. What is the Art Deco Style?

Art Deco style can bring all the glamour of the 20s to a 21st-century space. Art Deco, short for Arts Décoratifs, is characterized by rich colorsbold geometry, and decadent detail work. Having reached the height of its popularity in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, the style still brings in glamour, luxury, and order with symmetrical designs in exuberant shapes.

Art Deco Living Room

Characteristics of an Art Deco Interior

Geometric and angular forms, exotic materials, and linear decoration caracterize Art Deco design. There is no fussiness anywhere in sight in this strong, bold look.

Certain materials stand out in art deco interior design:

  • Stainless Steel;
  • Mirrors, Chrome;
  • Glass;
  • Lacquer;
  • Inlaid Wood;
  • Exotic Skins Like Shark and Zebra;
  • Ebony;
  • Marble;
  • Rare Woods.

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2. How to Decorate an Interior having as inspiration an Art Deco Style?

Looking to bring the glamour of the ’20s to your space? We will show you how Art Deco design can work in a 21st-century home.


Striking, bold colors with a lot of contrasts are a part of the Art Deco Style. Bright and deep yellows, reds, greens, blues, and pinks mix well with silver, black, and chrome. If you want something softer try creams and beiges. These colors contrast beautifully with the polished wood and lacquered furniture common to the period.


Art Deco furniture tends to be large in size so don’t be afraid to buy big pieces. Sideboards, armoires, and generously sized chairs are all typical of the Art Deco design era. Furniture made of exotic woods like zebrawood, as well as chrome and mirrored pieces, are great options. Go for strong, streamlined shapes with no frills.


The fabrics in this style are usually either solid colors or geometric designs. In an art deco room you shouldn’t use any pretty florals or plaids. Try adding highlights with cushions in solid contrasting blocks of color. “Bold” is the key word to remember with this style.


Lights were often made of glass and chrome (sometimes etched or enamelled). Colored Tiffany-style glass and white glass were also pretty common. It’s not easy to find fixtures that are original to the period, however there are a lot of high-quality reproductions for sale on the market. We will show you some examples below.

Art Deco Dining Room

These are the main Art Deco elements you can incorporate into your décor, to achieve the streamlined and modernist look of the Art Deco design era.

3. Art Deco Style Furniture: Key Pieces

Now let’s check out some furniture key pieces you need to perfectly pull off an Art Deco look in your project.



Fuschia dining table is a revivalism of the Memphis style charm and charisma, with a discerning taste for art deco style in the gold geometric graphics presented in the marble table top. A provocative mix of shapes into an encounter of styles, resulting in a dining table full of identity and class.

Art Deco Dining Table


Annali console is the perfect drawer console to fit in an Art Deco hallway, due to its geometry and colors’ selection. It presents a graphic silhouette reminding the New York Art Deco skyscrapers.

Art Deco Console


Rebus sideboard is an ultimate piece of elegance, balance and boldness. This sideboard is a Mid Century revivalism, with an Art Deco influence in the small details.

Made with wood marquetry in front doors, with a gold plated polished brass structure. This living room cupboard has a polished brass frame influenced by the glamour of the 30s.

REBUS is an example of wood inlaid work featuring gymnast acrobats in different wood veneers. Each front door of the REBUS sideboard has foundry knobs reminding us of antique door knockers. A product that will stand out in the mind and heart of any design collector by the boldness, style mixture, and perfection of the finishes.

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Cocoon floor lamp was inspired by the Cocoon wall lamp design. It was conceived to highlight elegance and character around your living room.

Cocoon features a mix of peculiar materials, emancipating its luxury structure and shape. It’s made of orange-colored glass suspended in a gold plated structure resting in a bold red marble base. Inspired by Art Deco jewel shapes, this floor design lamp enriches your space with beautiful appointments.

Art Deco Lighting


Lush mirror 
carries us to another dimension, through the exuberant biggish shapes, bringing back a lavish product with a modern touch of printed terrazzo Marsala from the times of Art Deco Style. The primary function of a mirror is to prolong identity by its reflection, whether it is ours or from the surrounding space. By its predominant character, it is difficult not to be a protagonist in front of LUSH mirror.

Art Deco Mirror


Kara sofa is a statement sofa that promises to be the absolute protagonist of a  living area project. Arises from an art deco inspiration in its shapes, which character determine an eclectic and luxury style. It features a bold and unique marble base and a high-quality comfortable velvet seating.

Art Deco Sofa

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