Monthly Archives: April 2008

Dezine Tip of the Day – Art Deco

The History of Styles and Periods is an important topic for interior designers. Having an understanding of the styles of interior design and the periods of fashion and furniture design allows an interior designer the ability to accurately recreate a style or period for an interior or subtly draw down on influences from a particular period or style adding flair to a room.
So here are a few highlights of the Art Deco Period which began in Europe, particularly Paris, in the early years of the 20th century but took off after World War I. The style used geometric and angular shapes, with bold outlines and ziz-zag forms. Preferred materials were chrome, glass, shiny fabrics, mirrors and mirror tiles. Theatrical contrasts were also prevalent, mixing highly polished wood and black lacquer with satin and furs.

To learn more about Art Deco as a Style


Dezine Tip of the Day – Using Trompe l’oeil to add flair and space

Dezine Tip of the Day – Trompe l’oeil

Firstly Trompe l’oeil is the art of painting to deceive the eye. It basically means that something is painted onto a wall in 3D so that when you look at it the room appears to carry on into the painted space.
Another way it is used, often false window frames are painted onto a wall and interesting landscapes are painted in the space to give the appearance that there are real windows with a view.
Trompe l’oeil adds a very definite artistic and three-dimensional element to a room. It also helps create the illusion of space and added dimension, and is a very good talking point.

Further reading on Trompe l’oeil