It is a common refrain of interior designers when asked where to begin when designing a home. Art and photography: Invest and surround yourself with images that you love, whether it is a simple family snapshot or a valuable work of art. In addition to art, wallpaper and wall coverings give a new dimension to the walls in a home. More dynamic and visually interesting than a coat of paint, wallpaper has enjoyed a thoroughly modern renaissance.
Now, a favorite pattern or photograph can be transformed and applied directly to walls as a mural. Photo murals provide a singular focal point for a wall, whether a person, a landscape or a favorite object. Forget the frame and create your own wall mural for a larger than life expression. Many companies offer existing murals in addition to custom options. The possibilities are endless.
Art Deco furniture is characterized by a return to the straight line. The trend, which originated in France in the 1920s and 30s, featured the introduction of new and exotic finishes and materials including metals, shagreen, mother-of-pearl, ivory, wood veneers, lacquers and plastics and by the use of geometric forms in the decorative elements.
The linear symmetry of Art Deco was a departure from the flowing asymmetrical curves of its predecessor, Art Nouveau. Although many design movements have political or philosophical beginnings or intentions, Art Deco was purely decorative. The furniture designs of Art Deco masters like André Arbus, Jean-Michel Frank, Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Jules Leleu endure to this day, and continue to inspire new generations of designers.