Design Ideas

All news

Art Deco and wood floors are two design elements that have stood the test of time

February 14, 2014

Hardwood FlooringMany of the styles that became popular in the 1920s still inspire designers today. The black and white color schemes, metallics and geometric accents of the Art Deco era have stood the test of time in the same way that classic hardwood floors have been cherished by generations of home decorators. If you like the sleek, contemporary look of Anderson's Southern Vista floors, you'll love the Art Deco style in your home.

One of the mainstays of modern furnishings, the club chair, got its start in the Flapper era and remains one of the most versatile chair styles. Cabinets, often in beautiful wood tones, also became popular then and certainly fit the current need for attractive storage furniture.

In bathrooms, fixtures in brushed nickel or chrome can be easily incorporated into an Art Deco design scheme. Faucets and cabinet hardware using the metallics that were popular nearly 100 years ago meld beautifully with the look of modern baths.

Today's homeowners who like a streamlined, geometric look in their furnishings should consider this style a good choice for their decor. To offset the angular nature of this form of decoration, a neutral color palette usually works best. Beige, tan taupe, brown, black, grey, silver and white are especially effective with deep hues like burgundy used as accents. If you prefer colors like green, blue or gold, use them sparingly.

Creative shapes and patterns
In the Roaring '20s, decorative styles bridged the gap between Victorian furnishings and the symmetry of Art Deco designs that were emerging at the time. The creative energy of those times was reflected in accessories such as tasseled curtains, glittering crystal fixtures and beveled mirrors. Pinstripe patterns also became a popular pattern.

The major 1920s design elements include zigzig and step patterns, sweeping curves and sunburst shapes. Inlaid wood, aluminum, lacquer and stainless steel are some of the materials that can be integrated into modern room design. The ultimate tie-in to a contemporary home would be a series of framed black-and-white photos clustered in a wall display.

What saves these hard-edged design lines from becoming too austere are coffee tables in oval shapes and comfortable upholstered seating with curved arms and backs.

These days the influences of Art Deco often remain in family collectibles handed down carefully through the decades. Or, homeowners can indulge their favorite look from the Flapper Age by scouring flea markets and second-hand shops for serendipitous finds.