Art Deco

Inspired by skyscrapers, the interiors of Art Deco have balance and grace. The essence of the style can be seen in the Chrysler Building; encompassing stylized mythological icons, chevron details, bold historic patterns, and repeating geometrics. The era emphasized high fashion and began to transform the city from the blue collar into desirable upscale hotspots. Industrial metals and exotic wood veneers began to take the place of purely functional materials. Sleek lines gracefully round creating modern metropolitan interiors.

Art Deco Couture:

~ Waterfall style furnishings and architecture
~ Astrological wall motifs
~ Mixed metals such as gold, copper, brass, and silver
~ Mirrored furnishings
~ Large scale historic patterns and textures

Art Nouveau

Transitioning from the intricate styling of the 19th century, Art Nouveau became the modern interpretation of nature. Stylized flora and fauna adorned the interiors. Grecian goddess-like figures were frequently captured in sculpture, art, and accessories. Gracefully curving lines and classic historic details adorn architecture, furniture, and accessories. Advertising campaigns use bold natural colors, long slender figures, and new graceful fonts. The style was short-lived, however it has a distinct place in western interior design.

Integrating Art Nouveau:

~ Graphic advertising art
~ Cast Bronze sculpture and accessories
~ Intertwining vines and branches detailed with small flowers or insects
~ Greek architectural details such as pediments, columns, and ormolu
~ Tiffany style lamps


Many of us are familiar with the Craftsman/Mission style of the early 20th century. Craftsman style is based on the idea of Function before Form; the purpose outweighs the aesthetics of the design. Handcrafted and not mass-produced materials keep the style homey and warm. The simplicity created affordable homes and furnishings and spread quickly. Matching furniture was inevitable with the style since construction and finishing methods were similar in workshops. Exposed construction techniques displayed the strength and added detail to the otherwise unadorned interiors.
European Craftsman style, also called Morrison style, is more ornate and incorporate deeper hues. Burgundy, forest green, and navy blue upholstery and black wood casegoods create the deep rich craftsman design. The construction is clean and functional however the minimalist use of materials creates open slats used for strength.

Craftsman Design Fundamentals:

~ Oak furnishings and trim (Typically honey color)
~ Exposed Mortis and Tenor joinery
~ Muted pastel shades (American) / Deep shades of primary colors (European)
~ Vertical slat details
~ Bungalow design: Wainscoting, Stone veneer, Wood floor
~ Divided leaded glass in windows and cabinetry