Art Deco Living Rooms
If you live in an old house, Art Deco is one of the design aesthetics you may choose. The late 1920s and early 1930s design aesthetic praised both form and function. The style was glitzy, glamorous and elegant. It was more minimalist than Victorian era designs, but still luxurious. Many of the designs were futuristic, using polished chrome. Geometric patterns and borders were also common. Lighting is an important consideration in an Art Deco home too. Here are a few art deco living rooms to get you thinking about what you might like.
Now here is a penthouse that is designed for socializing! Designer Douglas Dolezal chose to pair modern furniture pieces with gentle curves and lines used during the art deco period.
This famous living room is now demolished, but was once the summer residence of Frances W. Little — designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The Little House in Wayzata, Minnesota features organic architecture and spatial continuity. The art glass de-clutters the space by allowing windows to double as artwork. Frank Lloyd Wright used earthy tones and achieves harmony by combining ocher plaster walls with natural oak trim and flooring, as well as red fireplace bricks and copper finish windows.
The designer really got the materials right in this art deco living room. Polished, shiny surfaces, frosted glass, crystal chandeliers and furs aptly capture the glamour of the era. Furniture is modern and minimalist.
This living room makes good use of geometric shapes and divides large planes into fragments through the use of patterns. The color scheme is kept simple to avoid confusion or clutter. Accent lighting calls the eye to artwork scattered around the room.
This room uses gold lines against a neutral wall tone to match gold accessories. The Parisian chaise lounge and silk carpet provide a sense of elegance and luxury. The patterned deeply carved glass makes the room look larger and contributes to the overall art deco feel.
This room is actually a library, but could easily be a posh living room too. The built-in bookshelves shows off great functionality and there are ample reading lamps around. Art is the focal point of this gathering space, but the rich wood walls and wall art are truly impressive — and very true to ritzy “Great Gatsby” design.
This home was designed for a sailor. The whole home is reminiscent of a great ocean liner of the 1930s, says designer Naomi Leff. Anigre panels, art deco furnishings, Cubist artwork, Mascassar-ebony armchairs and a curvy table give an inviting feel to the room.
There sure is a lot going on in this room. It’s hard to know where to focus first! Yet, despite the bold pattern choice, the gold color unifies the custom wool carpet, flooring, exotic wood veneer walls and painting. Perhaps the neatest thing in this room is that antique looking cabinet! The sparkling chandelier is lovely, although the decorator decided to go more contemporary with the lamp choice. The sharkskin border was an interesting choice too.
Art Deco design is not for everyone, but it really speaks to people who appreciate art and a simpler time.