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Best Art Deco Flooring Options to Match Your Style

It’s the roaring ‘20s again, and art deco is back in style. If you’re creating an art deco style for your home, you’ve probably got a vision board with cool geometric wallpaper, glamorous furniture, and the perfect decor, but aren’t you forgetting something? 

Your style won’t be complete without some art deco flooring to pull everything together. Learning how to choose art deco flooring might seem intimidating at first, but we can help.

In this guide, you’ll learn more about this popular style, explore the different categories of flooring that work with this trend, and learn what to look for to get the perfect flooring for your home.

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What is Art Deco Style?

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Art deco design was the most popular style during the 1920s era – think The Great Gatsby, and that’s the style we’re talking about here. It’s characterized by geometric shapes, bold color contrasts, and glamorous looks with gold accents, chrome, and lots of fun texture.

When it comes to flooring art deco style is all about pattern, contrast, and making a statement. This ranges from geometric carpets to checkered flooring and intricate wood insets. 

There are lots of flooring options to explore, so let’s get started!

Art Deco Tile Flooring

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Tile flooring is the perfect medium for the art deco style. That’s because it’s easy to create bold patterns and contrasts. Plus, floor tile can be made to look like almost anything including luxurious materials like marble, gold, and other metals.

When considering tile for your home, there are also the benefits of durability and easy maintenance. Your floor can look effortlessly beautiful without you having to spend a lot of time on maintenance. 

If you think this is the right flooring for you, here are a few style tips to keep in mind so you’re matching the art deco style perfectly.

Geometric Patterns

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When in doubt, opt for an intricate geometric pattern with lots of contrast. The art deco style has lots of influences, from modernism and cubism to more “exotic” patterns like Morrocan tile. If you’re going with a bold pattern on the floor, make sure to balance that with more neutral decor.

Black and White Tiles

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Black and white is a timeless classic, but it’s also a staple of this style. Look for unique shapes like hexagons or octagons to bring out the art deco glamor even more. The contrast works especially well in kitchens and bathrooms.

Shell or Fan Tile Shape

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Fan tile or shell tile is a huge trend right now, particularly in bathrooms, so you might not have even realized that it was originally an art deco look. This fun, eye-catching tile shape was also incredibly popular back in the 1920s and 1930s. 

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Art Deco Carpet Flooring

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Carpet is a great way to introduce some art deco style into your home because it comes in virtually any pattern you can think of. Plus, it’s softer and more comfortable than hard surfaces.

The great thing about carpet is that if you don’t want full wall-to-wall carpet in your home, you can always choose an area rug to add a pop of color and style while still enjoying the easier maintenance of a hard floor.

If you want carpet as your art deco flooring, remember these helpful style tips.

Greens and Blues

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Jewel tones like green and blue aren’t common in all art deco flooring, but for carpet, you’ll see these colors a lot. They create a sense of luxury and they work well with sharp, clean lines and geometrics. 

Gold Accents

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You can’t have an art deco look without a touch of gold. Metallics are a big part of this style, and carpet (like tile) can mimic this look somewhat. You’ll see it used a lot as a contrast to brighter colors or dark neutrals, and also as a trim. 

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Art Deco Vinyl Flooring

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Vinyl flooring is perfect for the art deco style because it can come in virtually any look or pattern that you want. That means you can choose intricate looks with lots of color and contrasts.

Vinyl flooring comes in planks, tiles, and rolls, so you can pick from a huge variety of options to get exactly the look you want. This flooring option is also very DIY-friendly, so you can save money on installation.

Follow these guidelines to find art deco vinyl flooring that matches your look.

Checkered Black and White Flooring

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Checkered black and white flooring is a classic look that’s perfect for the art deco style, as well as other aesthetics. That means you can still keep your floor if you ever want to change your look. It’s simple, clean, and timeless, particularly in kitchens and bathrooms.

Detailed Patterns

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A lot of the detailed patterns in art deco were inspired by the machine age, which means you’ll get a lot of metallic looks and intricate, almost machinery-like designs. Look for something with a lot of symmetry, overlapping lines, and precise geometry.

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Art Deco Wood Flooring

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Wood flooring might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to this style, but you shouldn’t count it out. With hardwood floors, you can enjoy increased home value as well as excellent style.

Another great thing about art deco wood flooring is that the look is versatile. If you change your mind and want to restyle your home, your floors can stay, which can save you a ton of money.

Is art deco wood flooring for you? Then check out these style tips to get a floor that completes your room.

Herringbone Flooring

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Herringbone wood flooring is very popular right now, even beyond the art deco trend. This is an elegant yet fun pattern that brings a lot of personality to your space. The best part? A lot of engineered wood flooring is now being manufactured in this pattern, so it’s even easier to install. 

Geometric Inlays

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Wood inlays were a huge deal in the art deco period. A lot of times, these intricate inlays are much easier to accomplish with wood-look flooring, such as tile, which is what you can see in the image above. 

You can get the same gorgeous look of wood, but those detailed patterns are pre-printed on the tile, so you avoid having to make a ton of complex cuts.

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Conclusion

Make your art deco home come to life with flooring that matches your style. Whether you want patterned carpet with gold accents, black and white tile, or herringbone pattern wood flooring, you can now shop with confidence knowing exactly what you need to look for in a floor.

Are you ready to get your new roaring ‘20s style started?

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About Chelsi Hewitt

Chelsi Hewitt is a Phoenix-area writer with a specialty in flooring. She grew up obsessed with interior design and DIY projects, and that never went away. She joined Flooring Inc. to teach people about flooring and help them find exactly what they want for their home, garage, office, and more.

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