Art deco (short for Arts Décoratifs) design first emerged in France in the 1920s. It's a maximalist style rooted in geometric forms, sunburst patterns, bright color, and a collection of many, sometimes contradictory styles. Art deco was associated with modernism and luxury — featuring gold and silver finishes, ivory, and craftsmanship second to none. It had a far-reaching influence on everything from design to fashion. One of the most iconic examples of art deco architecture is the Chrysler building in New York City.
Although nearly 100 years have passed since the revolutionary style burst onto the scene, it feels fresh and current again today. In fact, we're seeing a reemergence of many signature characteristics including pleated furniture, jewel tones, decorative surfaces, and geometric accents. If you're intrigued by the style, we suggest incorporating some of the '20s flair into your bedroom. After all, who doesn't love an opulent boudoir, replete with statement-making furniture, elevated details, and luxe fabric? Read on to discover how to master the look of an art deco bedroom all your own.
1. Leave restraint behind.
No need to worry about being over the top when decorating an art deco bedroom. Case in point: This lavish chamber by Jeweled Interiors features many telltale traits including brass accents, a leopard print bench, a fluted headboard, and a graphic rug. To soften the space, a hand-painted screen, blush-colored walls, and a fringe bedskirt add a welcome feminine vibe.
Get the look: Jeweled Interiors Channel Tufted Headboard DIY
2. Choose an unexpected color palette.
Bring a desert-inspired perspective to an art deco bedroom with a fresh combination of earth tones. Homme Boys nailed their one room challenge by creating a whimsical retreat with bohemian undertones like organic accessories, woven leather lounge chairs, and natural textiles. An undulating headboard with an integrated mirror adds dimension, while the crane wallpapered ceiling draws the eye up.
3. Install a patterned feature wall.
Pair a gold orbital pendant light with intricate fan-shaped wallpaper, as Emily Henderson did, to introduce a hint of '20s glamour in a traditional boudoir. And we love the way she balanced swanky pieces like the tufted velvet headboard and marble and gold bedside lamps with transitional accents such as wood nightstands, a Windsor style accent chair, and a rattan accent bench at the foot of the bed.
Get the look: Farrow & Ball Lotus Wallpaper, $295 per roll
4. Embrace shimmering details.
Art deco decor is all about metallics, and while a mirrored bed may conjure up images of bad '80s decor, this bedroom remains classy and sophisticated thanks to a timeless brass headboard and deco-inspired throw pillows. Handsome black bedding and drapery add a bit of edge and beautiful contrast, allowing the shimmering finishes to stand out that much more.
Get the look: Amara Beaded Art Deco Pillow, $47
5. Go neutral.
With shag carpeting and sculptural accents, Kelly Wearstler adeptly combines striking furniture and accessories for an art deco bedroom with a subtle '70s vibe. The absence of color allows a few key pieces like the ruched leather bed frame to take center stage (and at that price you definitely don't want anything else to steal the spotlight!).
Get the look: Kelly Wearstler Souffle Bed, $15,900 - $18,900
6. Add contrast with black and white.
Although art deco interiors often favor pops of intense color, black and white is a popular combination used to add pattern, definition, and contrast to spaces. This inviting refuge by Mandi of Vintage Revivals references art deco-inspired motifs — seen in the headboard and nightstand. Crisp white linens and an abundance of natural light keep the space feeling airy and fresh.
7. Opt for stylish accents.
For thoroughly glam sleeping quarters you'll want to incorporate luxe accents like brass details, layered bedding, and statement-making light fixtures. But first, pay special attention to your furniture selections. Follow the lead of this art deco bedroom and outfit your space with lacquered linen nightstands, a channel-tufted headboard, and a pleated foot stool to really bring the drama.
Get the look: CB2 Archer Lacquered Linen Nightstand, $349
8. Let your bed frame speak for itself.
A traditional iron bed gets the art deco treatment when it takes on a quintessential silhouette and gold accents. Pair a sculptural frame like this with simple bedding and tone on tone accessories so it will remain the focal point of the room.
Get the look: Anthropologie Deco Bed, $1,298 - $1,598