Art Deco How-to: 3 Tips for Lighting Up Your Space


We've said it before, and we'll say it again – clever use of lighting is one of the easiest ways to get started on your Art Deco journey. With a little know-how, you can transform your room's lighting from purely functional to gorgeously glowing in a few simple steps.

Here are three ways to introduce Art Deco lighting to your space.

1. Table Lamps

Hunter and Dog Table Lamp

The beauty of a good Art Deco table lamp is that it not only serves to brighten up a darker corner of a room, but, if you've chosen carefully, it can be a lavish work of art that looks just as stunning in the daytime when the lights are off.

Whether you choose a powerful and evocative piece like this image of Diana the Huntress and her dog, or go for a dramatic geometric piece like this matching pair, your table lamps will cause quite a stir and create a beautiful focal point for your Art Deco adventures.

Top Tip: Place your lighting artwork on the "pedestal" it deserves by pairing it with a unique accent table.

2. Sconces

Incredible Pair of French Art Deco Wall Sconces

If you're looking for a bit more function out of your lighting but still want to transform your room into an Art Deco palace, you can't go wrong with a good set of wall sconces. They light up the entire room, without dominating it, but still add that classy décor touch.

If you're looking to make a bold statement, these incredible clear frosted glass sconces will definitely do the job. If you prefer something a little more subdued, but still unmistakably Art Deco, this set by French artist Degue might be more your speed.

Top Tip: Wall sconces incorporate various different geometric designs. While you don't have to match all geometric patterns in your décor, it helps to weave a theme throughout.

3. Chandeliers

If you're feeling adventurous and really want to make a statement with your Art Deco lighting, a chandelier is the way to go.

Ideal for larger rooms or high-ceilinged areas, the right Art Deco chandelier will bring all the opulence and decadence of the 1930s into your space and give you a fantastic focal piece to work around.

French Art Deco Chandelier by Verrerie Des Hanots

Chandelier by Verrerie des Hanots

For larger rooms with higher ceilings, choose something dramatic like this six-armed piece from Verrerie des Hanots.

If your space is smaller, or you have regular ceilings, don't despair! Choose a smaller, yet still stunning, piece like this Lalique "Soleil".

Top Tip: It pays to measure your room's height before shopping for chandeliers. No matter how beautiful and suited to your tastes it is, knocking your head against it will quickly become old – not to mention the chances of breaking the probably irreplaceable glass.

Lighting is a good entrée to any décor style, because it helps you work out which aspects of that style you prefer. With Art Deco, you'll find yourself choosing between bold and delicate, angular and rounded, geometric and step-and-repeat.

Choosing lighting is a great way to gain insight into your own preferences and it's a journey to be enjoyed, every step of the way!

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  • Matthew Pillet
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