Low-Risk Ways to Layer in Some Art Deco At Home

Art Deco feels incredibly old-school glamorous while also being beautifully modern. Thanks to the clean lines and timeless color palette, it can fit right into any home. You don’t want your place looking like the set of The Great Gatsby, however, so try a few of these inexpensive projects to get the feel without becoming too theme-y.

An easy way to bring incorporate the style is through wallpaper! Wallpaper doesn’t have to be a whole room. For busier patterns — like this one from Paper Mint — try wallpaper behind a cabinet’s shelves or framing a sample piece for your gallery wall. Don’t forget: there are removable options out there as well, if you’re worried about the commitment.

Check out this dresser Christine Schmidt of Yellow Owl Workshop upgraded! What could have been a boring piece is now a show stopper. And she shares two methods on how to work with gold foil, so you can makeover your own furniture!

I sincerely thought Jenny gold foiled her candles, but her DIY is so easy! Simple, black candles get the gilded treatment with washi tape. Cut out geometric shapes and stick on! (Just don’t light them with the tape —they are purely decorative.)

Even without sparkling champagne on top, these coasters shine. Kimberly from Swoonworthy uses gold, marble, and black contact paper for a waterproof DIY that’s every bit as useful as they are pretty.

Remember how far stencils have come? Try a stencil for more complex Art Deco patterns like HGTV did for their decorative tray. They used gold acrylic paint, but I’d recommend gold foil with a sealant or liquid gilding for a smoother gold.

Rachel uses two stencils to define her dramatic living room. The pattern on the wall almost looks like wallpaper (and the gold on navy paint creates beautiful dimension), while her pendant light is nicely framed with the stenciled ceiling pattern.

Can you guess how Pam of Simple Details made her flush, starburst light? She brilliantly hacked a starburst mirror and attached the old frame around a standard flush mount! Much easier than trying to build a starburst from scratch.

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