Both art deco and vintage interiors are a representation of the past, quality workmanship and embracing character. Despite both style holding very similar values, they are also have very unique and distinct qualities that set each other apart! We always turn to past design styles for inspiration as it’s so important to keep the principles of these key design eras at the forefront of our work in the present and moving into the future.
If you’re finding yourself grappling with the decision between a vintage or art deco interior style, or simply just curious to learn more – let us take you back in time and share a more refined look of both styles and ways these styles can be incorporated into your interior!
Vintage interiors refer to a style that is inspired by the past, almost like taking a trip down memory lane and even more recently in making a space that feels it’s been lived and loved for years!
We love using and being inspired by vintage pieces whether that be architectural details or furnishings. Before the days of mass production – everything was strategically designed and manufactured to last – these pieces & buildings all over the world standing the test of time is an attribute to the quality of craftmanship of that era. A key feature that stands out against today’s minimal and modern design.
Typically, vintage design reflects more subdued tones like beige, brown and white. Floral patterns was a key feature also, making the over all feel of interiors very soft, warm and inviting. As you will find out, is a stark contrast to that of Art Deco.
Vintage design has consistently made an appearance over the years, more frequently merged with a modern interiors. The high quality craftsmanship and iconic timeless pieces is very appealing in counteracting today’s minimal design as it embraces character and quality work that has been tried and tested for decades.
Art Deco Interiors
The art deco style emerged globally in the 1920’s and 1930’s. It is a style that is defined by it’s glamourous, bold and ‘no fuss’ style that’s representative of the advancement in art and craftmanship during this time.
Rich colours, striking geometry and opulent detailing are just some key features that are representative of Art Deco. Being such a distinct style, it did loose it’s popularity but we have found that it’s making a re-appearance in recent years, with interior detailing, furnishings and those bold geometric patterns throughout wallpaper and/or upholstery.
Art Deco is all about making a statement, and using punchy pops of colours was certainly one way of doing this! Bright and deep yellows, reds, greens and blue’s are just some of the tones consistently used throughout. But it didn’t stop there, metallic metals and use of mirror and other reflective surfaces was consistently used in conjunction with colour to emphasise the luxury and glamour that the style represented.
Being in the 21st century, the art deco style distinct features are used in conjunction with a modern interiors to create that sense of luxury and a nod to the past without making your space feel dated.
Ultimately, the choice between Art Deco or Vintage really comes down to personal preference and what you wish to have your own home represent. Being inspired and incorporating key features of various design styles into your home is a great way to create a unique interior that speaks to you! This is something that as designers, we will always strongly encourage.