These Art Deco Kitchen Ideas Are the Definition of Glam

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Even though art deco style was all the rage back in the Roaring '20s, the style has roared back once again, and this time, it's taking over kitchens. But there are some characteristics to consider when putting together your glam cook space. First of all, you'll want to aim for luxurious and opulent finishes and visuals — this isn't the time to get shy or suddenly switch to a minimalist design.

Alongside today's conveniences like handy appliances and ample workspaces, you can achieve the look in a modern space by choosing big, bold aesthetics, like marble backsplashes, black and white checkered floors, shining brass light fixtures, and sumptuous color palettes. Paint your cabinets a brave hue. And include bar stools that look as if they were transported from the living room of a Hollywood starlet.

Need additional guidance? Scroll on for six art deco kitchen designs that show us how it's done.

1. Try an unexpected color palette.

Again, art deco isn't intended for the bashful; when going all out in your kitchen, we suggest a daring color palette that's guaranteed to turn heads. For instance, in this cook space crafted by Lynne Bradley Interiors, the pink and white island along with the saturated green cabinets pair perfectly amid deco details.

2. Eye-catching patterns are a must.

Curvy, floral-inspired designs are frequently seen in art deco kitchens. By using gorgeous, patterned tile, Cassie of Hi Sugarplum! added a visually-interesting element to her stove backsplash. And the culinary scene just wouldn't be complete without a grand range hood trimmed in brass and articulating brass sconces.

3. Go luxe with your material selections.

If your budget allows for it, we say make an art deco kitchen as lavish as possible. That means marble on the island and the backsplash. High-quality textured wallpaper. Custom cabinets and wood paneling. These accents are all accounted for in this deluxe space created by BK Interior Design.

4. Embrace a vintage feel.

If you've been blessed with pre-existing art deco details in your kitchen, we say keep them and make them shine. For example, in this design by Lucy Barlow of Barlow & Barlow, the original decorative ceiling has been painted white for a modern look and meshes beautifully with elements, like globe-style pendant lights, tall navy blue cabinetry, marble countertops, and a mirrored island back panel.

5. Include bold details.

When designing an art deco kitchen, we suggest going big or going home. The space simply requires decadence and extra-ness, things that can be viewed in this cook space by Herringbone Kitchens, showcasing a black and white checkered floor, attention-grabbing mirror, and luxe marble backsplash.

6. Play with shapes.

Art deco design has always gravitated toward geometric shapes, accents that you can easily capture in a culinary space. For instance, in this cool and modern art deco kitchen designed by Charlotte Fequet, a geometric rattan mobile, fish scale tile backsplash, and shapely dividing wall lend themselves to the aesthetic.


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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