8 Art Deco Apartment Ideas That Feel Fresh and New

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Our love for art deco design is rooted in an appreciation for the bold, dramatic, and downright extravagant. That said, it's come a long way from the traditional, Gatsby-esque vision of dark interiors speckled with lustrous brass and ornate detailing. Don't get us wrong: Those elements still might be the telltale markers of the aesthetic, but the modern version of the style is so much more. From the boho-infused to the color-charged maximalist, there is no shortage of creative riffs on the classic aesthetic. Allow the picture-perfect art deco apartment ideas ahead to stand in as proof.

1. Something to Look Up To

An over-the-top gesture such as, say, painting the ceiling, is a foolproof way to master art deco style. Bonus points if you opt for graphic wallpaper instead, like the one in this bedroom spotted on Homme Boys. Use the hues found in the print when decorating the space — think matching bedding and a complementary wall color — to keep things cohesive.

Get the look: Kingdom Home Cranes Wallpaper, $248 per two roll set

2. All of the Lights

Yes, it's loud and yes, it steals the spotlight, but would you except anything less in an art deco apartment? Trade your standard lighting for an iconic sputnik chandelier or starburst pendant to instantly elevate and transform whatever space you choose to put it in.

Get the look: Jonathan Adler Sputnik Chandelier, $2,090.70

3. A Glam Vanity

No detail is too small to overlook when it comes to art deco style. Take note from this charming boho Seattle apartment, where the dweller hung an ornate vintage mirror above her midcentury modern desk, transforming the pair into an elegant and stately vanity.

Get the look: Kaufman Oversize Mirror in Gold, $295

4. Floors With Character

Follow the lead of Emily Henderson, and don't overlook the kitchen in your attempt to achieve an art deco apartment. Graphic tiles, chevron floorboards, and mosaic patterns are all acceptable solutions for giving your floors the Deco-treatment. If you're living in a rental and unable to make such permanent swaps, removable tile can work just as well.

Get the look: Clé Tile Big Al, $8.75 per square foot

5. A Libation Station

An art deco apartment would not be complete without a swanky bar cart — and an elegantly lustrous one at that. Scour flea markets or vintage shops for something overly ornate or for one that will stand in as the focal point in a room, regardless of how well-stocked it is.

Get the look: Audenza Gold Luxe Round Drinks Trolley, $295.51

6. Walls With Personality

If you're looking for a low-effort way to bring the classic aesthetic into your apartment, consider an art piece that has the power to steal the spotlight. Naturally, an oversize print is probably your best bet, like this graphic one that emulates the quintessence of art deco style.

Get the look: CB2 Athabasca Painting, $429

7. Bath and Body Works

While we don't recommend totally overhauling your bathroom in favor of the style, you can still make simple swaps to achieve a similar effect. Replace the existing cabinet hardware in favor of a more refined and lustrous option. If you're up for a bigger challenge, consider investing in an art deco-inspired vanity or trade in your current fixtures for a brushed brass set.

Get the look: Anthropologie Deluxe Tamboured Single Bathroom Vanity, $1,998

8. A Spot for Hosting

Art deco style is all about creating an environment that's conducive to entertaining, which is why the living room deserves a lot of attention. Anchor the various elements in the space — statement lighting, luxe textures, oversize armoires — with an equally attention-grabbing sofa like the one in this minimalist yet elegant room.

Get the look: CB2 Colette White Sofa With Faux Leather Piping, $1,699


Anna is a New York-based writer and editor with a penchant for travel, design, and interiors.

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