Style Guide: Developing Deco Luxe Interiors

Hotel De Ville Print Art, Black Gold

Deco luxe is a style that endures, despite other trends coming and going. So why does this modern look still reign is so many interiors? What is it that makes this style so attractive?

As you might guess from the name, the deco luxe interior style stems from luxury art deco looks of the past. This means a lot of deliberate shapes. Nothing happens in this trend on accident.

Straight lines

Deco luxe styles have a lot of unwavering lines and repetitive patterns. Grids are an easy starting point, but more complex tessellating patterns have been a mark of this style for some time. Even in your tableware.


Repetitions are one of the easiest way to recognise the art deco roots of this trend. These strong lines set a specific aesthetic in your space, which is how we get to the luxe part of deco luxe. These patterns don’t happen by accident. Nothing deco luxe is accidental. These lines make a statement, whether it’s on your table or on your floor. Of course, deco luxe lines aren’t exclusively straight


To complement sharp angles, you can find a lot of fluid shapes within the deco luxe style. Shapes that look like they were drawn without lifting pencil from paper. Softer corners and rounded accents aren’t excluded from this trend.

Claudia Dark Grey 3 Seater Sofa


A lot of almost bulbous accents feature in these styles. Circular cushions especially bolster cushions (read all about them and all the other types of cushions here) are great ways to experiment with curves.

While curves and straight lines might seem contradictory at first, that was the driving force of the art deco movement. They combined cubism and Asian-inspired forms, which offers a lot of freedom. The thing that links it all together is the polished, bold finish.

Black and Gold

One of the most important finishes you can have in a deco luxe home is black and gold. These modern tones still ooze luxury, decades after the trend was introduced. If you’re looking for an easy connection between curves and straight lines, black and gold is a great starting point.

Manhattan Quilt Cover Set

Just like the contrasting straight and curved lines, so too can black and white contrast for an attractive juxtaposition. Make it shine and it will work. Deco luxe is surprising in that a lot of it is about bringing two entirely separate elements together to create something new.


Luxe Finishes

As you finish of your deco luxe space with carefully selected homewares, remember to think luxe. Opt for soft furs (faux or real, it doesn’t really matter) in your cushion covers. Silk bed sheets and quilt covers. Marble surfaces and mahogany structures. Glossy finishes and crystal-like glass accents. Coming home to a deco luxe space can feel like walking into a five-star hotel designed just for you. Embrace the luxe!

Paige Riddiford is a writer and editor from NSW with a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Wollongong. When not writing, Paige is often found reading, baking cakes, playing video games, or binging whatever's new on Netflix.