You and your husband may take different sides on the Empire State Building IPO debate. However, it’s likely that both of you enjoy the Art Deco look. How can I be so sure? Because Old Hollywood and New Hollywood applauds Art Deco in fashion, architecture, and interiors. If you need a current example of Art Deco in the movies, see “The Artist”, winner of Best Picture for the Oscars 2012.
What if you can’t distinguish Paul Klee from Wassily Kandinsky of the Bauhaus? Did you know Fred Astaire’s tap dancing was perceived as rebellious in “Top Hat”? Don’t worry. You don’t have to be an Art Deco scholar to pull off this look. If you’ve got 1920s glamor in mind, a love for jazz, and a rebel’s spirit, then you are ready to add a few hints of Art Deco in your home.
- If you own your home, paint a wall electric blue. Bauhaus artist Paul Klee’s prints are very similar to the 2012 home decor trend of pixelated art mentioned by Benjamin Moore’s ColorPulse. Klee was influenced by cubism and pure color. His art is wonderfully, modern and abstract. Find an inexpensive Klee poster, frame it and display it on your boldly colored wall.
- If you have a glossy red tiled kitchen, use plexiglass to protect your hand-drawn Wassily Kandinsky creation with abstract shapes and bold colors. Place your paper on the kitchen table and use the plexiglass as a contemporary acrylic tabletop. You can find a similar tutorial for other art projects through Pottery Barn’s Dining Spaces home decor book.
- Close your eyes and listen to Art Deco era jazz. What inspires you? You’ll probably imagine pyramid shapes, lots of chrome, and streamlined shapes. These are descriptions of the Art Deco look. If you or your spouse are musicians, decorate your home with brass instruments. You can find vintage cornets and trombones at thrift stores. You can also use paper-craft techniques to create matted and framed images of jazz instruments.
- Dig for images of flappers and other bold women. Contrast the flapper images with humorous pictures of Victorian scenes. You can find such witty photos on Pinterest with comic strip shout outs. Display this on your kitchen fridge.
- Play up geometric patterns in your furnishings. Show off a geometric throw on the sofa. Use a wild abstract tablecloth, when entertaining. Keep your space uncluttered but glamorous with lots of reflective surfaces such as mirrors, chrome, glass and black lacquer.