Relevant categories: Art Deco
(Above photo - Vintage art deco drinks cabinet )
Owing to the period when the style was popular, art deco wares cannot be referred to as antiques. Rather, they are vintage since the 1920s and 1930s places it within the age bracket of 20 to 100 years. Vintage art deco wares are quite popular among collectors across the world. In terms of functionality, they are great when it comes to revamping your home’s interior décor. The following are some of the characteristics that give art deco the ability to transform space in your home.
1. Use of Geometric Shapes
(Above photo - Vintage Art Deco Desk )
At the mention of vintage art deco, the first thing that comes to mind is the heavy reliance of geometric shapes. Pieces of furniture tend to have bold angles, dynamic curves, and clean-lined ornamentation. Instead of being plain, art deco furniture is assertive, energetic, and able to project a strong personality. Geometric shapes are used in creating distinct ornamentation and embellishment.
2. A Glamourous Feel
(Above photo - Vintage art deco display cabinet )
The style of the 1920s and 1930s was mostly expensive, as reflected in the furnishings produced back then. The chairs mainly featured glamorous upholstery in the form of satin, silk, and velvet. In the vintage art deco style, designers used glitzy, geometrical patterns with luminous finishes and metallic touches. The result was a room with the highest sense of luxury.
3. Natural Motifs
(Above photo - Vintage art deco side tables )
As part of its embellishments, art deco used natural forms such as branches, feathers, and leaves. However, the ornamentation wasn’t as elaborate as that used in the Rococo style. Art deco tends to use the embellishments in pattern form and monochrome accent. The figures could be painted or gilded onto a piece of furniture. Natural motifs in art deco were mostly stylized and rarely life-like.
(Above photo - Vintage art deco bedside chests )
Designers during the vintage art deco period loved to use sunbursts in their work. They created pointed ends of sunrays to add detail to an otherwise dull piece of furniture. Some artists used small sunbursts, while others created focal points with dramatic motifs. The purpose was to make a piece of furniture as eye-catching as possible.
5. High-Shine Finishes
To make art deco furniture glamorous, some designers added high shine finishes. On top of simple geometric shapes, furniture makers used glass and chrome for a more gleaming ambiance in a room. If you cannot find items with high-shine finishes, you can create your own using glass items and mirrors. It will give your room a unique look.
6. Black & White Contrast
(Above photo - Art Deco vintage desk writing table circa 1930 )
Art deco designers favored black and white patterns to create beautiful, contrasting designs. The designs were usually drawn in the form of geometric shapes, in line with the most enduring feature of the vintage art deco. It was not uncommon to find a black table with white squares painted all over it. Black and white were preferred because it could easily be combined with other interior décor elements.
7. Exotic Wood
To make vintage art deco furniture, designers used exotic woods such as mahogany, ebony, and violet wood. You could enhance your home décor by adding these woods. When properly polished, the woods will make your home even more glamorous. You could also use Asian lacquer in the form of sunbursts, chevrons, squares, and zigzags.
Vintage art deco makes it easy for you to enhance your home’s interior décor. Could you take advantage of it today?
(Above photo - art deco console tables )
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