Art deco decadence – in the style of The Artist (film)

The 1920’s Hollywood glamour bore the first interior designers, employed to create lavish interiors in the art deco style, iconic for its geometric shapes, glitz and mirrors. To get the look choose strong streamlined pieces and single items not suites. The art deco style is about decadent display, not clutter, so pick feature items and avoid over furnishing the room.



Black, white and silver are iconic of 1920’s fashion and design, reflecting light, adding glamour and opulence without being tacky. Hollywood wasn’t the only influence, art nouveau and cubism feature heavily in deco styling too.

Art deco colour schemes typically used two colours, one of those being high gloss black with either red, green or white, accented by gold. Alternatively, for a more modern twist, keep walls plain to showcase design items such as art work and feature lamps, or cover a feature wall with a geometric style wallpaper and go minimal with accessories.

The Artist, starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo


Hard lines, geometric shapes and symmetry all embrace the era, softened with designs inspired by nature and the new trend for travel that began in the 20’s and 30’s – sea shells, sunrises and nature often clad soft and hard furnishings.

For a modern twist choose statement pieces of original furniture or modern items that take influence from the art deco movement, and mix with more contemporary items whilst maintaining a streamlined design with a limited colour palette and clean lines.

A great tip is to modify existing furniture, it is often the small touches that go together to create the overall look. Changing the handles on cupboards or applying a coat of high gloss paint to a cabinet are cheap and easy additions that can be done as a weekend DIY project or for a small fee by a local tradesman.

80% of the Art Deco look is down to mirrors, wall mirrors, mirrored doors and mirrored furniture – if in doubt, add another mirror!

A bedroom suite in the refurbished Savoy Hotel, London


Black and white chequered tiles are a timeless design that was heavily used during the deco decades, other alternatives such as parquet also compliment the deco look – high gloss finished are essential for an authentic look.

The entrance to Claridges, London


The 20’s and 30’s were all about lights, cameras and action. Wall lights, ceiling lights, wall scones and table lamps, no deco design scheme is complete without at least 3 of these lighting schemes. To maximise light, team with wall mirrors and mirrored furniture, light is key.

Figurative table lamps with Botticelli-esque women holding hand blown shades or spheres put the decadence in art deco, these feature items are what help authenticate the look.

Claridges restaurant, London

To get the art deco look post your home improvement job on and we’ll put you in contact with painters, decorators, carpenters… we could go on. We have tradesmen across the UK covering 24 trades so we’re pretty sure we’ll be able to find you a tradesman who’ll be able to make your Art Deco desires come true. Once you’ve posted your job, up to 3 quality, local tradesmen will get in contact to quote for your job, you will be able to review their online ratings and pick your preferred tradesman. Once he’s completed the job, don’t forget to rate him!

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