With recent films such as The Great Gatsby and period dramas like Downton Abbey, the interest in style from the early 20th Century is stronger than ever.  In particular, art deco is a style that is luxurious and never seems to go out of fashion.

What is art deco?

Art deco is a style which came to prominence in the 1920s and 30s. The main features being bold, geometric shapes and strong colours. The great thing about art deco is that, although it is a design from the early part of the 20th Century, individual touches can be added to make the feel as modern or retro as you like.

If you want to find out more about art deco as a style, why not take a look at our handy, bite-size infographic?

How to create an art deco bathroom

Art deco works superbly when it comes to bathroom design, with the monochrome colours of black and white proving a popular choice. However, you don’t need to be restricted to just these – any combination of bold colours such as red and silver, dark blue and white or green and gold, all work well. You could even add colour accents through accessories such as towels or furnishings.

If you’re looking to replace your whole bathroom suite, the angular shapes of art deco styles are often represented in modern bathroom furniture and fittings. Look for pedestal basins, toilets or bathroom suites that are square or angular in shape, such as the Vermont Range.

Vermont Pedestal Basin

Even contemporary style basins can embody art deco style.

Pay attention to the style of taps you choose too – look for angular or rectangular designs, such as Cubik Taps, which add a glam, luxury feel.

At the heart of the art deco style are geometric designs and bold patterns and both of these are widely available and ideal for tiles, walls and flooring. Classic black and white tiles, used either on the floor or wall, can be simple and relatively inexpensive. Sticking to wall tiles in essential areas, such as around the basin, bath or shower, is an economical way of adding tiled finishes to your bathroom. For a bit of glitz, add a few metallic or shiny mosaic tiles. With a small budget in mind, paint the remaining walls.

If you love geometric designs, look out for bathroom wallpapers. There are lots of gorgeous geometric wallpapers available; just remember to pick a design suitable for use in a bathroom. For a stunning feature, paper one wall only.

Bring your art deco bathroom together by adding finishing touches in the form of bathroom accessories. A wall mirror or two are essential in a bathroom and can help add light into a small room, or a bathroom without natural light. Look for bevelled mirrors with a luxury, glitzy finish, or a simple angular mirror.

In terms of materials, items including frosted glass and chrome were popular in the art deco period. Choose chrome or frosted glass accessories, such as a toothbrush, soap holder, towel hook or robe hook.

Camberley ceramic soap pump dispenser

Even your finishing touches can make a big difference.

Best colours

Monochrome and subtle colour palettes are best to use here:

  • Bold black and white
  • Soft greens and oyster creams
  • Pastels including pink, blue, green and yellow

Key features

Art deco can be as traditional or modern as you like it, but some of the basic elements of the style are:

  • Geometric and angular patterns combined with bold curves
  • Exotic materials and linear decoration
  • No fussiness or romance
  • Black and white tiling
  • Chrome fittings, silver framed mirrors and bold coloured towels

For further inspiration, take a look at our art deco bathroom mood board.