How Artistic Movements Influence Interiors: Art Deco


In the ever-evolving tapestry of design movements, few have left as indelible a mark as the Art Deco movement. Emerging in the early 20th century, Art Deco became synonymous with opulence, luxury, and a bold departure from the ornate styles that preceded it. This influential art movement not only transformed the aesthetics of the visual arts but also permeated into the realms of architecture and interior design.


The Art Deco movement, originating in the roaring 1920s, marked a departure from the intricate and ornate designs of the preceding Art Nouveau era. Born out of a dynamic interplay between various cultural and artistic influences, including Cubism, Bauhaus, and ancient Egyptian and Aztec motifs, Art Deco encapsulated the spirit of modernity and luxury. Bold geometric shapes, streamlined forms, and a fascination with symmetry characterized this design aesthetic. 


The movement celebrated the marriage of functionality and glamour, embracing materials like chrome, glass, and exotic woods to craft sleek, sophisticated designs. With its emphasis on linear symmetry and lavish ornamentation, Art Deco became the epitome of elegance, influencing not only art and architecture but also permeating the realms of fashion, film, and, notably, interior design.




Art Deco emphasizes symmetry; this is often done with geometric lines to convey a futuristic and luxurious presentation. In the room below, those symmetrical details are found in both the walls and flooring. Rich, deep colors like green and black feature gold accents for a sophisticated feel. The circular gold mirror provides some rhythm and contrast to the elongated patterns on the walls. Overall, the room is pleasing to the eye and emulates a Gatsby-esque aesthetic. 

This setting below features a muted yellow shell-shaped lounge chair that goes along with the Art Deco wallpaper pattern on the walls. These fan and chevron shapes are a motif in Art Deco interior design and help create movement within the space. The side table is the perfect Art Deco accent piece that showcases symmetry and sophisticated gold hardware. The hanging gold ceiling light adds a futuristic yet refined touch. 


The importance of symmetry is evident in the living space below, from the paneled walls to the art displayed, and the twin lounge chairs facing each other. The zigzag pattern found in the wall artwork and the carpet showcases a sense of movement and modernity exemplified by the Art Deco artistic movement. 

Similarly, the two plants on each side of the black lounge chair below achieve symmetry that is so important to Art Deco design. The black velvet chair and gold accents present a sense of drama and glamor that is essential to Art Deco. While the space is minimal compared to the previous design, Art Deco’s essence is still present in the art showcased on the wall. 

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