Darren Palmer has a broad portfolio, having studied fine art & graphic design, originally working in advertising and owning his own graphic design company. After succumbing to his true passion, Darren now operates his own interior design studio and has been a judge on numerous seasons of The Block.

Coming to life in the mid 1920's, Art Deco style is best known as a highly decorative, geometric design-based style nodding to the glamour of the roaring 20's. There is a lot to be said about the opulence of this style that remained well into the 1940's, as well as resurging many times since.

Art Deco style features geometric shapes, jagged lines, and abstract representations of fans and flowers. The 1980's captured many of these references, simplifying them for the time, ramping up the colours and materials used in the process including brass, chrome, lacquer, and mirror.

You can lend the Art Deco treatment to any 1980's space, or refurb Art deco buildings, homes and apartments from the mid 1920's through to the mid 1930's. If you understand the elements of what makes an Art Deco home, you can integrate these into properties from any period, including contemporary houses and apartments.


Whilst Art Deco furniture has a period feel, there are modern interpretations in contemporary interiors globally. Modern home furniture and decorator pieces that embrace geometric patterns, fan-like representations, simplified floral motifs, perfect curves and hard edges refer beautifully to Art Deco style.
To achieve an Art Deco look, you can make full room statements or take little steps with a vase, lamp, table, console or sofa. There are no limits when it comes to Art Deco indulgence and you’ll find no shortage of reference for the period if you do a simple search online.


The easiest and most effective decorating way to include Art Deco style in your home is through wallpaper. There are some magnificent papers in print from Australian icon, Florence Broadhurst, or more contemporary interpretations from Ralph Lauren or Catherine Martin, who designed the patterned textiles and interior sets for Baz Lurhmann’s movie The Great Gatsby.


Chevron was a popular pattern of the Art Deco era and you can find several chevron flooring styles at Carpet Court, including engineered timber boards and laminates that replicate the French chic origins of Art Deco. By layering the flooring with an Art Deco-inspired rug, such as Carpet Court’s Gabi Deco rug, you’ll be in your own dream Art Deco home.