These Art Deco Dining Room Ideas Are for Fancy Dinner Parties ONLY

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Art deco has never been a style for the faint of heart. When it first became popular in the 1920s, it was beloved among movie stars and design-minded flappers alike, opting for grand staircases with geometric railings, furniture in opulent, velvet fabrics, and gleaming details everywhere in the form of brass hardware and lighting. Today, art deco style really hasn't changed all that much. Even with modern elements mixed in, at its core, it's still a design approach that we can easily visualize in Hollywood homes, along with everyday abodes that capture the visuals as well.

The aesthetic just might be at its very best in an art deco dining room, a space that's meant to be shown off. It's a glamorous way to roll out the red carpet for your guests, letting them know that you consider gatherings to be special occasions. Dress it up in ornate wallpaper. Include dining chairs upholstered in velvet. Make the light fixture the star of the show. And take a cue from these seven swanky eateries for a little inspiration.

1. Up the ante with dazzling details.

If there was an ideal way to describe art deco style, it might be elegance with a dash of glam. This dining room by Emily Henderson is a perfect example, with its sophisticated table and chairs combined with deco accents like an attention-grabbing light fixture and wallpaper splashed with geometric shapes.

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2. Play with patterns.

Like we said, this aesthetic isn't intended for wallflowers. That's why several patterns mixed together in an art deco dining room make for a ton of visual impact, a space your guests won't be able to take their eyes off of. For instance, in this space belonging to Jewel of Jeweled Interiors, flamboyant tropical walls partner surprisingly well with a graphic striped area rug.

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3. Keep it luxe with jewel tones and brass.

An art deco dining room doesn't always have to be drenched in bold colors and busy patterns. In fact, you can try a modern approach, like this lofty eatery, instead. Pair a trio of brass pendant lights with an ebony table and terra cotta-hued chairs for a look that's dinner party ready.

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4. Aim for linear, bubbly details.

Art deco style can feel very effervescent and light, which you can easily portray in your dining room. Pair sleek, linear furniture with a bubbly chandelier, a look that Kellie of Finding Beauty Mom perfected in this bright space.

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5. Anchor the room with dark hues.

To amp up the drama in your art deco dining room, we recommend dialing down the colors and turning to dark hues. Navy blue is always a good choice as showcased on this accent wall in a space belonging to Tasha of Kaleidoscopic Living.

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6. Make it modern.

Maybe a big and bold art deco dining room isn't for you, and something fresh and modern feels right, instead. In this case, choose simple neutrals and understated patterns like Sacha and Melissa Leclair of Leclair Decor did in this white space. It still feels deco (brass lighting, geometric patterns on the area rug and curtains) but carries contemporary ambiance with its minimal design details.

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7. Create an anything-but-shy space.

On the flip side, perhaps you want your art deco dining room to look as if it belongs to a movie star. We say step right out into that spotlight and create a space that's huge on glamour, which is what Kimberly of Swoon Worthy did. A brass table, chairs, and bookcase? Velvet upholstery? A tiered, pink fringe chandelier?! This eatery is the equivalent of an Oscar gown and we are so here for it.

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Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer who contributes to national magazines and websites, including Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Well+Good, and more. When she's not writing, you'll find her shopping flea markets, hiking, and going for walks with her corgi.

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