Did American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby set in the 1920’s mesmerise you? Or did the visuals, the setting, the costumes of the film adaption featuring Leonardo DiCaprio have you asking for more?
If yes, then Art Deco is something you will fancy. Popularised in the 1920’s and 1930’s, the art deco style is a sensation even today, especially when it comes to home decor. Combining modernist styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials, this style is high on glamour quotient. Shedding light on the style, Latika Khosla, Founder and Design Director of Freedom Tree reveals, “Art deco is relevant as a contemporary style. It has fluid lines with strong graphic placements of design
Geometric and angular shapes, materials like chrome, glass, shiny fabrics, mirrors and mirror tiles; motifs like shells, sunrises, flowers are synonymous to the art deco style. So, be it a black and gold cushion featuring the sunrise motifs, sunburst
mirrors or even furniture with strong geometries, all add vintage glamour of the 1920’s to your home. Commenting on the same, Interior and Product Designer Shantanu Garg says, “Modern art deco furniture, accessories and designs are perfect
to add a fresh take on the classic look.” He further informs, “Materials like chrome, bakelite, enamel, coloured glass and frosted glass are often used for art deco pieces.”
Since the style is bold and dramatic, it is crucial to use the right pieces, in the right places and in the right proportion. “Bring in art deco through the use of decorative accent pieces. Fluted lamps, table top decorative pieces and posters from the era are eyecatching. If you are bold enough, do a dramatic curtain or upholster a whole sofa in an art deco fabric,” advices Latika. Shabnam Gupta of Peacock Life says, “Incorporate furniture pieces and accessories in black and green tones as they are primary colours in art deco design.” However, avoid getting overwhelmed by the style, as this could lead to a major faux pas. “There is a fine line between a good and an over done look.
Since the style is distinctive, use only a couple of furniture, fabrics and accent pieces of this era, at a time,” advices Gautam Dhawan of ExhibitD. In the same vein, Latika says that balance is all about letting the eye move restfully. She suggests, “Have two or three points that catch your attention. A poster, an art deco coffee table accent, a lamp base on a console, that’s it. Leave therest of the room as it is. Less is more with maximal deco!”