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Decor Spotlight:
Art Deco Style

In the world of interior design, there is a timeless charm in combining the old with the new. Vintage elements bring a sense of nostalgia and character, while modern aesthetics keep spaces fresh and contemporary. When it comes to adding a touch of retro style to your home, consider incorporating vintage light switch covers. Amerelle, a leading brand in home decor, offers a delightful range of vintage-inspired light switch covers that seamlessly blend the allure of the past with the functionality of the present. Join us as we explore the art of retro revival and discover how to incorporate vintage light switch covers from Amerelle into your modern spaces.

Reviewed & Fact Checked By:

Celia Carroll – Interior Design Expert, Lead Designer, ASID Industry Partner

The world of design has witnessed numerous movements and styles, but few have left such an indelible mark on contemporary design as the Art Deco movement of the 1920s and 1930s. Its timeless glamour, international style, and symmetrical designs continue to inspire modern aesthetics. But what makes Art Deco so captivating, even after almost a century? Let's explore its history and understand why it remains influential in today's design landscape.

An interior photo of a professionally designed Art Deco decor style bathroom with black marble floors, gold metal fixtures, and a pink bathtub
An interior photo of a professionally designed Art Deco decor style lounging area with yellow upholstered chairs, gold light fixtures, a gold coffee table, and dark walls with gold geometric patterned wallpaper
An Image split in half with the left side being an image of an Art Nouveau interior, and the right side being an image of an Art Deco interior

Art Deco's Glorious Beginnings

Originating in France during the early 20th century, the term "Art Deco" is derived from the "Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes," a world fair held in Paris in 1925. The exhibition showcased the world's most innovative designs, and it was here that Art Deco made its grand debut. The movement's birth came as a reaction against the organic, flowing forms of its predecessor, Art Nouveau. Instead, Art Deco embraced geometry, clean lines, gold and bronze finishings, and a combination of modernist styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials.

Key Elements of Art Deco Design

A large Art Deco style lobby and staircase with opulent materials and colors

Geometry & Symmetry

Art Deco was a celebration of straight lines, zigzags, chevrons, and sunburst motifs. Whether in architecture, jewelry, or graphics, these patterns became emblematic of the era.

An Art Deco style kitchen with emerald green bar stools and cabinetry, marble countertops, and a black geometric backsplash

Rich Colors & Materials

Exotic materials like ebony, Marble, sharkskin, and zebra skin were combined with chrome and glass. The color palette was bold, using deep hues like navy, black, and gold.

An Art Deco room with green walls, a geometric brass table, a puffy yellow chair, and large green plant, and geometric artwork on the wall

Global Influences

The movement borrowed from various cultures, including ancient Egyptian, Aztec, and African designs, blending them seamlessly into the aesthetic.

The Art Deco Legacy in Modern Design

Art Deco's influence gradually waned with the onset of World War II, giving way to more minimalist and functional design approaches. However, the design movement left an undeniable mark on the skylines of many influential cities such as Miami, FL, and New York, NY (where Amerelle got its start), with many skyscrapers and public buildings bedecked in Art Deco glamour to this day. These edifices, with their ornate facades and geometric detailing, serve as testaments to the era's grandeur.

Today, we witness a resurgence of Art Deco in various ways. Modern homes are increasingly embracing the opulence of Art Deco, combining its luxurious colorways and timeless intricacies. At Amerelle Wallplates, we have designed our Metro, Metro Line, and Steps collections to be the perfect accent for any Art Deco space. Moreover, as Contemporary design continues to evolve, there's a renewed appreciation for craftsmanship, detail, and uniqueness—qualities intrinsic to Art Deco.

Art Deco Wallplates



Brushed Bronze


Zen Screwless

Brushed Nickel






Rustic Brass

Amerelle's Art Deco Expertise

Art Deco is not just a design movement; it's a testament to the enduring spirit of human creativity. Its ability to meld the old with the new, tradition with modernity, makes it a perennial favorite. At Amerelle, though we specialize in crafting the industry standard in wall plates and light switch covers, our craftsmanship doesn’t stop there. Our team is ready and willing to put together custom hardware for any living space. As we continue to seek beauty, innovation, and luxury in design, Amerelle will continue to put just the right finishing touches on your home.

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