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What Countertops are Best for Art Deco Interior Designs?

by Daniel Morrell

Posted on December 20, 2017 04:00:00 PM

If you’re in the early stages of redesigning your entire home or just a specific room, choosing an interior design style to guide your inspiration will help you to create a cohesive theme. While there are many great options, and no one, in particular, is considered “best,” you should be sure to consider the magnificent aesthetic of Art Deco. The bold geometry and decadent details of the Art Deco style is perfect to give your home a signature aesthetic focused around eye-catching luxury.

How Did Art Deco Start?

Art Deco, short for Arts Decoratifs, first appeared in France and flourished throughout the antebellum period between World War I and II. The introduction of innovative industries and technologies in the Roaring 20s paved the way for a new bold and flashy style. Breaking away from the emphasized curves, plant-inspired motifs, and organic forms of the Art Nouveau period; Art Deco incorporates gallant geometric shapes, symmetry, and lavish ornamentation to evoke Hollywoodesque glamour. Some of the most iconic Art Deco installations are the Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center in New York City. Many contemporary hotels and urban lofts feature this style as well.

What Defines Art Deco Interior Design?

First add strong shapes, such as spheres, rectangles, zigzags, and chevrons. Keeping a consistent theme of shapes through each room will establish the symmetrical tendencies of Art Deco designers.

Signature materials to incorporate include, aluminum, stainless steel, chrome, stained glass, and gold. Exotic items like zebra skin, Egyptian influenced art and furniture, and Pop Art will give your room the right motifs.

Since Art Deco is minimalist in nature, design with a neutral color pallet. Include shades of black, brown, gray, and white accented with bold colors like red, green, and gold.

When choosing furniture, focus on industrial materials and highly lacquered wood pieces. Velour material is commonly used to make rigid structures appear more comfortable and inviting.

What About Art Deco Countertops?

In keeping with its bold tonality and outdated futurism, the surfaces of Art Deco are all about created a glistening shine. Lacquer, polished wood and metal, and glossy paint combine to create the identity of this interior design’s format around other areas of the home, so where does that leave homeowners when it comes to Art Deco countertops?

You will obviously want to glam it up, to stay in accordance with the rest of your design, however, it’s best to stick to black and white, making marble a leading option for Art Deco kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, and coffee tables. The elegance of marble countertops makes them the perfect companion for an Art Deco décor. Options like Calacatta Borghini, Statuario, and Mountain White Danby will all look great in the kitchen or bathroom. If you’re more inclined to add dark countertops then granite would be your best bet. Options like Absolute Black, Black Pearl, and Black Galaxy will provide the opaque shimmer that Art Décor requires.

Other material options such as quartzite, quartz, and onyx can be used in Art Deco design as well. For a guest bathroom, a simple all white quartz vanity could be a stylish and affordable choice. If you’re deciding what kind of bar top is best then a backlit Onyx stone could look stunning.

If you’re interested in adding some color into your countertop, it may be best to consider adding a centerpiece or dishware that can handle the color sector. Although the styling of Art Deco can be quite over-the-top (in a good way) it’s wise to leave your countertops as an elegant canvas for which to add and remove more elaborated designed items.