Turn your Spare Room into an Art Deco Haven

Today more than ever people are choosing to stay in their homes for longer rather than moving to a bigger property, which means it’s essential for many homeowners to make the most of the space available. If you’re lucky enough to have a spare room then with a little planning you can turn it into a flexible area that can be used for a huge range of purposes, so you can spend more time enjoying the time you spend at home.

Whether you’d love a reading room, bedroom, yoga room or place to indulge your favourite hobbies, Art Deco inspired décor is a simple and effective way to create an elegant, airy and relaxed atmosphere in a room for any purpose, whether you have a little or a lot to spend. If you’d like your décor to give an elegant nod to the jazz age then take a look at the following tips to help you create your ideal Art Deco inspired spare room.

Light is Right

In many ways the Art Deco style could be seen as an unberthening of old Victorian values as dark opulence was cast off in favour of light elegance. Although clothing, accessories and furniture incorporated bright and bold hues, when it came to wall dressings, authentic Art Deco interiors tended to keep it simple. To create an authentic Art Deco feel in your room without going over the top, opt for a light colour like cream, duck egg blue or pale yellow for your walls. To add interest make a feature wall with 1920’s inspired wallpaper. A large, graphic design in a single colour, like the Manhattan wallpaper from The Arts and crafts Home is the perfect pattern for super chic rooms. Or for a more feminine feel try the Hula Wallpaper from Graham & Brown which reflects light, giving off a warm, soft glow.

Wood is Good

Flooring Ideas for your homeDark wood is the ideal furniture choice for an Art Deco room. Think superb simplicity with the occasional flourish and you’ll know everything you need to furnish your Art Deco room with the perfect pieces. A wooden futon is the ideal way to provide maximum flexibility as it can be used as a bed or a sofa. The ‘Art Deco’ sofabed from Comfy Futons incorporates a classic sunrise design into the arms, whilst the quality finish of the dark wood gives the sofa bed a designer feel that’s easy to tie in with other pieces. If you’ve got plenty of cash to splash you can have a French style barrel chair custom made by Decodame that will tie in perfectly with your Deco sofa bed. Or if you’re sticking to a tighter budget or have a tighter space an oak folding chair from Habitat can easily be stained in a darker finish, hinting towards a more colonial style with the added bonus of being easy to fold away.

Fabulous Floors

In a small space it’s best to opt for a light coloured flooring, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with the finish you choose. Painted floorboards are a fabulous option for reflecting light, but bear in mind that white or pale coloured floorboards can be hard to keep clean. For a completely different look why not try lino? You can find lots of geometric patterns to choose from that perfectly reflect the designs of the 1920’s. Or keep painted floorboards clean and cosy with a statement 1920’s inspired rug like one from the incredible Jazz collection by Rugmark of Henley that will transform you floor into a perfectly mixed cocktail of elegance and opulence.

Finishing Touches

Soft furnishings and accessories will put the finishing touches to your room, to avoid the area becoming cluttered stick to a few simple cushions and carefully chosen ornaments. You can have hours of fun traversing your local antiques shops or market for the ideal Art Deco adornment, or find great reproductions of the most popular designs of the day. Add a pop of colour with a stand out Clarice Cliff inspired vase or a touch of theatre with an antique bronze figure in a dramatic pose. Choose cushions and curtains that tie in with the scheme you’ve chosen, or add a little more interest with something like the Nightlife Cityscape design from Fabric Depot which will make a bold statement as curtains or cushion covers. Adorn your surfaces with floor and table lamps so you can change the light in your room whenever you feel like it and alter the atmosphere at the flick of a switch. Let your lamps reflect the fashion of the time and look for shades that incorporate beading, fringing and simple, elegant design. The MOOI Fringe Lamp from utility Design gives a modern twist to 20s style whilst the glass beaded chrome table lamp from TU is a budget beating alternative that will give a subtle touch of glamour to the surroundings. Pictures will provide your room with a final flourish so have fun and choose art that will make you smile every time you look at it. A beautifully framed reproduction poster from Easyart will create an arresting focal point, whilst a simply framed chrome mirror placed opposite a window will increase the feeling of space.

Art Deco at a Glance

Art Deco incorporates several different styles, so take your time to do a little research and decide which look you favour. You can incorporate the following to give your spare room an Art Deco flavour without it ending up looking like a museum piece:

  • Lots of textural contrast like polished wood, fur, feathers and silk
  • Nature motifs like shells, flowers and sunrises
  • Stylised images of skyscrapers, cruise liners, aeroplanes and cars
  • Dark wood furniture with clean, elegant lines
  • Mirror tiles, mirrors, chrome, glass, shiny fabrics and reflective wall coverings
  • Angular and geometric shapes

Use these rules as the basis for your art deco inspired spare room and create a light, airy space that’s the perfect place for bright young things to relax and unwind.