Art Deco is a style of visual arts, architecture and design that first appeared in France just before World War I.
It was associated with both luxury and modernity; it combined expensive materials and exquisite craftsmanship put into modernistic forms. Pieces of furniture included ivory and silver inlays, and pieces of Art Deco jewelry combined diamonds with platinum, jade, and other precious materials. After the Great Depression, the style changed and became more sober.
Art Deco style is characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes, and decadent detail work.
Colors are more often bold and driven by contrast in schemes of silver, black, chrome, yellow, red, cream, green, and beige. When it comes to solids, typical colors are black, brown, and tan.
For bold colors, think bright and deep yellows, reds, blues, greens, pinks, and purples, accompanied by softer creams and beiges to soften up the look. Softer colors are perfect for bedrooms and dining rooms and will enable you to use any pieces in these colors you already have, if you're on a budget.
Identifiable Features for Art Deco:
• Smooth wall surface.
• Sharp edged, linear appearance
• Stylized decorative elements using geometrical forms, zigzags, chevrons.
• Low relief decorative panels.
• Stepped or set back front facade.