Design Tips for Architectural Styles: Art Deco

Trying to think of remodeling and décor ideas for your Art Deco style home? Whether you just want an update or want to remodel so that rooms in your new home better match the original, period style architecture, you need a place to start.

We often recommend books (particularly the 2013 edition of Virginia Savage McAlester’s A Field Guide to American Houses), but if you want some quick tips and design inspiration, keep reading!

Common Art Deco Design Elements & Characteristics

Below are common characteristics of mid-century modern houses and design elements you may want to consider if you’re trying to remodel yet stay sensitive to your home’s original architecture:

  • Geometric shapes (including chevrons and ziggurats)
  • Materials like terracotta, stucco, concrete, and smooth-faced stone
  • Flat roofs with parapets, spires, or tower-like constructs to accentuate a corner or entrance
  • Square or round windows

Art Deco Bathroom Remodel in DC

The Wentworth team remodeled a master bathroom in Capitol Hill. The new space features Art Deco design elements, helping preserve the home’s original architecture.

Bathroom Before Remodel
Art Deco Master Bathroom

Period Style Home Remodeling in MD, DC, and VA

If you have an Art Deco (or another style) home you’d like to remodel, Wentworth is the company to call. We have remodeled countless period style homes throughout DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia, building seamless additions and modernizing spaces while staying true to original architecture.

View our photo gallery of past remodels we’ve completed in your area and then call our experienced, award-winning team. We look forward to bringing your home design dreams to life!

“ From the architects to the carpenters, we had complete confidence in Wentworth's expertise. Once construction started, we were very pleased with the communication we had with Wentworth -- Victor kept us apprised of scheduling issues and other relevant developments, and was (and continues to be) extremely responsive and professional. Wentworth did an outstanding job of resolving every hiccup that occurred during the course of our project. Wentworth met our extremely high expectations in almost every area. Our initial meeting with Bruce made clear that Wentworth was the only real choice for our renovation: unlike the several other architects and builders we consulted, Bruce asked us probing questions about how we use our house, actually listened to us, and then gave us options for renovating our space that were beautiful and met our functional needs. We will recommend Wentworth next time we know someone who's looking to renovate. We love our new space - thank you for creating it! ”

Sara Zdeb, Washington, DC