Though the art deco movement started nearly a century ago, many are now trying to recreate the look in modern bathrooms. But what is art deco and what are the key pieces and accessories you need to get the stylish look?
Bathrooms of the past
Art deco is one of the most fashionable design movements of the modern era. Its heyday was the roaring 1920s and early 1930s, when the style dominated everything from iconic buildings to ocean liners. Bathrooms of the time were a testament to a style characterised by bold designs, uncluttered lines, vibrant colours and patterns.
Art deco bathroom mirrors and art deco floor tiles, to take two examples, featured geometric shapes and intense colour schemes. They were defined by exquisite craftsmanship and decorative elegance. But what do you need to do if you want a modern bathroom infused with art deco style?
Going modern or traditional
Creating an art deco bathroom may be your goal, but the first thing you need to decide on is what kind of balance you want between modern and traditional.
Daniel Taylor, CEO and founder of Metro Design says there are several directions you could take for an art deco bathroom depending on your personal preference.
For Daniel, the enduring appeal of art deco lies in the fact that it is a style that embraces both the old and the new.
He says: “Art deco brings its streamlined, elegant use of balanced shapes, colours and visual textures that satisfy all tastes.
“The balance between the classic and the modern, the old and the new, is a key trend in a world with such diverse influences. Art deco is the catalyst of what is best in different décor styles, arts and design.
“Art deco has filtered and combined the rich and strong influence of art noveau’s profusion with the modernist’s purity. In a bathroom, nothing could work better than that: the result of technique with the exact amount of lines, volumes, shapes and the right touch of ornaments. Not more, not less; the essence of sophistication.”
Art deco bathroom accessories
You could make an instant style statement in your bathroom by adding an art deco bathroom mirror. These timeless pieces add depth, the perception of space and they are brilliant way to brighten up an empty wall in your bathroom. Art deco mirrors embrace the geometric style of the period and come in a huge range of shapes and sizes.
Adding an art deco bathroom mirror is the perfect way to harmonise with the décor you already have and it can complement any existing colour scheme. Pair the look with art deco taps to give you a truly glamourous look.
Art deco floor tiles
Installing art deco floor tiles is another way of incorporating the style into your bathroom.
Geometric designed flooring is a trend that is growing increasingly popular. Brilliant white walls go perfectly with striking geometric floor tile patterns or floor mosaics. Make a classic style statement in your art deco bathroom with monochrome checkerboard black and white art deco floor tiles. They are clean and simple and add instant glamour.
If you need some inspiration, take a look at the bathrooms at the Savoy Hotel in London. For the more adventurous, there are many other colour combinations that work including red and silver, and dark green and white.
Bathroom art ideas
The key to achieving an art deco bathroom look is the right art and accessories. According to Daniel Taylor, it’s important to use finishes without ostentation. He advises people to shop around for accessories and look for metals such as copper and bronze (but not gold) as well as nickel.
He says chrome is a great alternative to stainless steel and key pieces to help finish off the look include showers and sleek sanitary ware pieces. Rainfall shower heads that are built into the wall work perfectly when you’re trying to accent any art deco bathroom.