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Art Deco at Home

Many of NYC's most iconic structures, including the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Center, are prime examples of Art Deco architecture and imbue Manhattan with a sense of optimism about the future and mankind's ingenuity. Art Deco was the predominant style in the 1920's through the 1940's; it is simple yet opulent, striking yet tasteful. Art Deco is top of mind for me as I've been busy with my team's two newest listings, both of which are beautiful examples of Art Deco style, featuring sunken living rooms, arched doorways, and corner casement windows. Regardless of your home's architectural style, you can bring Art Deco style into your home by incorporating these four defining features: 1.) Geometry Geometric shapes -- both angular and arches -- are staples of Art Deco design. Geometry can be found in the shape of the items or in repeating patterns and textures (popular patterns include trellis, checkerboard, stripes, and fans). Symmetry is another geometric feature used in Art Deco design, for example in the arrangement of items on mantles and consoles. 2.) Shiny Surfaces Shiny surfaces scream Art Deco -- think lacquer, polished wood, metal, or mirrors. You can go all-out with high-gloss lacquered walls, or simply add a lacquered table or a beveled mirror. I also love Jonathan Adler pottery in high-gloss gold or chrome, which brings an unexpected pop to traditional ceramics. 3.) Animal Prints From subtle shagreen to over-the-top leopard, real and faux animal prints are common in Art Deco design. The right dose of animal prints can bring a hint of exotic glamour. Just don't overdo it. 4.) Black and White My personal favorite element is the use of black and white. This high contrast, graphic look is striking when paired with geometric shapes. Some examples include checkerboard tiles, striped rugs, a gallery wall using black frames with crisp white matting, or subway tiles in a bathroom with black trim pieces creating a chair rail or outline around the room.

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