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Have you ever taken a step back from your house and wondered what inspired its architecture? When it comes time to renovate portions of your home, you’re going to want to do a little digging to find out more about its architectural style before using a sledgehammer. Doing so is critical to making sure your structural changes complement the integrity of the existing design.

Let’s take a look at some of the features of the art deco architectural style that has been used in residential homes for decades.

Art deco: A brief history

The 1925 Paris Exhibition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs is credited with launching art deco style. This form of architecture continued through the 1940s, showing up in many of the glamorous homes seen in Hollywood movies.

Art deco is still commonly regarded as a modern style. It is known for using geometric design elements, sharp lines, and corners. However, some art deco buildings also incorporate hand-crafted decorations. Initially, art deco architecture popped up in the commercial industry, but eventually moved into residential areas.

What you need to know before you start

Before you bring in a professional to begin renovating your art deco home, there are a few factors to consider. First, it’s important to decide which unique features of your house you want to keep before making any changes. For instance, you may not be able to replace an antique art deco faucet as easily today if you remove the existing one.

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Next, you’ll also want to take a look at how your living spaces receive sunlight throughout the day. Because art deco structures are known for large windows and airy spaces, you may have a significant amount of natural light on your hands. Before you add or remove a room, take illumination into consideration.

Finally, basic structural integrity, moisture resistance, and electrical wiring all need to be taken into account. Working with a professional licensed contractor will help you ensure that your renovations are carried out properly and safely.

Complementing art deco style

Art deco is contemporary, so both the inside and outside of your house may have a modern look. Whether you’re renovating your kitchen or master bedroom, you’ll need to decide if you want to continue the art deco design throughout the house. This would involve integrating sharp edges, lines, and geometric shapes to fall in line with art deco architecture. It may also mean integrating a wide range of materials, such as aluminum, stainless steel, and even plastic.

Art deco is a unique, modern style that has endured throughout the decades. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t add a touch of your personality to your humble abode.

Your Guide to Art Deco Architecture was last modified: March 24th, 2019 by Krystle Vermes

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