Bathroom Styles: Art Deco

Art deco – an abbreviation of the French term arts décoratifs – was a style that predominated the 1920s and early 1930s. With its origins in France, this bold new ‘international’ style swept the world from Europe and America to Australasia and Africa – Durban has many fine examples of art deco architecture – and is characterised by smooth lines and geometric shapes. Art deco bathrooms have that glamorous vintage Hollywood feel…a perfect escape from the mundane!

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How to Decorate an Art Deco Bathroom

  • Art deco uses a black and white colour palette – with sprinkles of gold or silver here and there
  • Think chrome, mirrors and etched, sandblasted or enamelled glass accessories
  • A monochrome stained glass window is an excellent focal point in an art deco bathroom
  • Original parquet flooring is first prize; but a contemporary parquet floor provides an interesting twist
  • Marble is a must for bathroom counters
  • For bathroom cabinets and vanities, think dark veneered wood
  • Do include strong, angular art deco motifs – zigzags, chevrons and lightning bolts.
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