The roaring ’20s are back! To celebrate, we’re embracing Art Deco style and all its glamor.
Art Deco, short for Arts Décoratifs, is characterized by decadent details, bold patterns, and rich colors — lending perfectly to ceramic tile design. Here are some Art Deco tile looks from Instagram that we think are the bee’s knees!
Sunbursts and Sunrise Motifs
Sunbursts and sunrise motifs are quintessential Art Deco designs, conveying the energy and optimism of the era. We love the versatility of this pattern, which can be achieved with straight vertical lines as in the green hexagon wall tile example above or with the rolling rainbow-esque motif of the black and white shower tile.
Both design approaches can combine to create luxurious fan-like tile designs. Notice in the example below the attention to detail in the texture of the bronze tile.
When you invert the sunrise motif, you’ll get the scalloped (or fish scale) design seen below in this delicate luster pink textured tile.
[Related: 2019 Tile Trends: Textured Tile]
However, Art Deco isn’t afraid to take a curved theme and get creative — just look at the unique curved design above that shows the incredible versatility of Art Deco style. We think the exaggerated curves of this pink tile are “the berries!”
A little gold never hurt anyone, especially when it comes to Art Deco design. Gold evokes the luxury of Art Deco style and the glamor of classic Hollywood. Golden tones pair dramatically with the sunrise motif — just look at this dazzling gold sunrise mosaic.
Gold also delicately accents the pink, white, and black marble-look tile below, as well as making a bold statement in the brown and black chevron mosaic.
Art Deco borrows sleek, straight lines and geometric patterns from Cubism. While the tile above achieves an Art Deco look with a star (or sunburst!) pattern, the tile below works squares and triangles together for a unique design. Both options look swell to us!
[Related: 2019 Tile Trends: Geometric Tiles and Pattern Play]
V Shapes, Triangles, & Chevrons
V shapes are in full swing with the Art Deco style, whether with triangle tiles, triangle patterns, or chevrons. The blue, black, and white geometric tile above creates a clean design that’s playful, and the gold-accented white marble chevron tile below is fit for the home of Gatsby himself.
Stylized Floral Patterns
Florals are another Art Deco favorite, whether as an accent to a larger tile design or as the main pattern. This cool combo of geometric shapes and florals shows its stuff in a bold and even kitschy green.
[Related: 2019 Tile Trends: Florals and Leaves]
Art Deco Tile — The Cat’s Meow
We can’t know for sure what the 2020s will bring, but we have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of Art Deco tile styles. Want to jazz up your home with the keen looks of Art Deco? Visit our Art Deco Tile Pinterest board for more inspiration!
Where to Buy Tile
Use the search tool at the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA) to find a ceramic tile showroom in your area for a more individual, one-on-one shopping, design and education experience, or visit a home improvement or flooring retailer.