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Like classic hardwood floors, Art Deco styles decorate today's homes

October 07, 2013

Hardwood FloorsIn the Roaring Twenties, decorative styles bridged the gap between Victorian furnishings and the sleek symmetry of Art Deco designs that were popular at the time. Today, the spirit of that decade continues in styles that seem as contemporary as any modern furniture. They have the same timeless quality of wood floors that have been used for centuries and now continue with choices like hickory hardwood flooring in Anderson's Chestnut Hill collection.

As new decorative styles in home design emerged, the creative energy of the 1920's was reflected in accessories such as tasseled curtains, glittering crystal fixtures and beveled mirrors. But even when homeowners decorate their dwellings in a period style, they don't have to give up the modern features that make their homes comfortable and in step with the 21st century.

Using Art Deco Today
According to, many of the styles that became popular in the 1920's still inspire designers. By black and white color schemes accented with metallics and deep hues like burgundy and pinstripe patterns are among them. Homeowners who like a streamlined, geometric look in their furnishings should consider this style a good choice for their decor.

One of the mainstays of modern furnishings, the club chair, got its start in the Art Deco 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.

Classic shapes and materials
The major design elements include zigzag 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 generations. Or, homeowners can indulge their favorite look from the Flapper Age by scouring flea markets and second-hand shops for serendipitous finds.