From 1925-1940, Art Deco emerged as an international design movement that strongly influenced architecture, fashion, art, and home decor. The style uses geometric shapes, chevrons, and zigzags, along with stylized floral and sunrise motifs. Art Deco has an air of glamour and sophisticated elegance that was contrary to the austerity experienced during World War I.
Art Deco was initially a luxury style that used expensive materials like silver, crystal, ivory, jade and lacquer. After the Depression, it also used cheaper, mass-produced materials like chrome, plastics, and other industrial items.
The Art Deco style is all about shine — lighting fixtures with polished chrome and brass, mirrored accents, and furniture with lacquer, polished wood and metal, glossy paint, and glass tops. The Art Deco movement also introduced exotic items like shark skin and zebra skin into home décor.
The classic Art Deco palette consists of two colors — black and white. However, the prosperity of the Roaring 20’s also introduced bright, lively colors, such as canary yellow, emerald green, peacock blue, royal purple, and brilliant red into home decor. Silver and gold also represented the wealth of the times. Therefore, metallic finishes found their way into the Art Deco style, adding a touch of glitz and glamour. Creams, beiges, taupes, and medium browns also became popular choices for interior design, as the neutral colors helped to create a modern, streamlined effect.
Due to its clean and simple, yet luxurious style, Art Deco has proven to be an enduring design trend. To incorporate this design style into your décor, choose lighting fixtures that exhibit Art Deco characteristics:
- Symmetrical and repeating geometric and angular patterns
- Streamlined and modern design
- Long, vertical silhouettes
- Steel, chrome, bronze, and other shiny metal finishes
- Clear, faceted glass and crystal or Tiffany glass
- Large, over-scaled fixtures
Remember, the goal is to create a dramatic, elegant effect! Browse our selection of Art Deco lighting and home accessories, or schedule an appointment with a Gross Electric lighting expert to discuss your Art Deco lighting options today!