Friday, November 20, 2009

Easy Fix Friday ~ Deco Your Bedroom!

Today we kick-off answering your design dilemma comments from our contest that ended a few days ago. Let's start with Francesca who said "I'd love to learn some easy/quick tips for adding an Art Deco feel to a bedroom and bathroom (or any room of the house.)" We're hear to the rescue Francesca!

Art Deco was a popular international art design movement from 1925 until the 1940s, affecting the decorative arts such as architecture, interior design, and industrial design, as well as the visual arts such as fashion, painting, the graphic arts, and film. At the time, this style was seen as elegant, glamorous, functional, and modern. The movement was a mixture of many different styles and movements of the early 20th century, including Neoclassical, Constructivism, Cubism, Modernism, Art Nouveau, and Futurism.

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A very quick and easy way to add some art deco flair to a room is to accessorize with pieces like vases, posters, lamps, and books. Above is a Decor Board we put together featuring:

1. Lighting. This Nial Table Lamp is a great mix of masculine & feminine ~ streamlined Art Deco look with the steel, black, and cubes on the shades, and feminine in the curves of the shades.

2. Travel Posters. Travel Posters. Travel Posters!
Very popular in the Art Deco style, like this French PLM Railroad poster - Calvi Beach on the Island of Corsica. This poster is one of my personal favorites from the Art Deco period. Many European & American Travel Posters were done in the Art Deco Style- here are a ton more to peruse through.

3 & 4. Art Deco Books & Book Ends. Yet another super easy (and budget friendly way) to add some Art Deco flair is to accessorize your room with Art Deco Books and Bookends. Art books always have the most interesting covers, so just laying around your house or stacked they will add Deco style. The Cubist/Deco Men bookends are also modern and fun.

5. Riedel Vivant Medium Art Deco Vase. A beautiful clear vase (FOR $20.00!!!) etched in the Art Deco Style. It's simple, clean style is a subtle nod to Art Deco, and would look great anywhere in your home.

6. Wallpaper! Ok, wallpapering is not quite an easy fix, but doing just one wall would look fantastic with the feminine Art Nouveau/Deco look to this wallpaper with the more masculine accessories like the lamp and book ends. Also, instead of wallpapering~buy this wallpaper, cut 3 large panels of the paper and frame them in huge black frames (can find cheap from A.C. Moore, etc). It will still give you a great way to add a deco feel to your walls without having to cover a full wall.

This was a fun project to research~ I'm feeling like I want to Deco my home! Good luck and we hope this gets you inspired! :)

1 comment:

Francesca said...

GREAT ideas! Thank you so much! Now all I have to do is put all my clothes away, and then I can start decorating :)