Design Tips: Indulge in Art Deco

Nothing says the Prohibition Era like a little art deco.


From secret speakeasies to Baz Luhrman’s “The Great Gatsby,” the 1920s are having quite the comeback. And nothing says the Prohibition Era like a little art deco.

This design style first appeared in the 1920s and remained popular until World War II. It’s is characterized by geometric shapes, sweeping curves, materials like steel, lacquer and chrome and a penchant for angular patterns and a cool palette.

Here are five simple ways you can add a touch of deco to your home decor:

1. Incorporate a chevron stripe. This zig-zag pattern was all the rage in the “Roaring Twenties.”

Our pick: Pottery Barn’s Hayden Zig Zag Rug

2. Add a club chair. Everyone could use a plush leather armchair with clean lines and deep seating.

Our pick: Restoration Hardware’s Duncan Leather Club Chair

3. Indulge in cool colors. An art deco palette mixes chilly tones like sea foam green and pale pink with touches of silver, black and gold.

Our pick: Graham & Brown’s Deco Diamond Wallpaper in enamel green

4. Go for the chrome. A furniture piece trimmed in chrome adds a sleek sophisticated touch to the living room or dining room.

Our Pick: Deco Dame’s Cocktail Cart

5. Look for lacquer. Don’t overindulge in furniture with this high-gloss finish. A single piece in the bedroom will do.

Our Pick: Worlds Away’s Pagoda Nightstand in white