kitchen - Details & structural works

Door styles;
Art Deco design for a fitted kitchen Art Deco design for a fitted kitchen

Generally flat / flush doors (top RH) are better for a Deco kitchen than panelled doors (top LH). This gives the kitchen a sleeker more Streamline look. Panelled doors are more suggestive of traditional furniture.

Dining booths / nooks;
Art Deco-dining booth nook Art Deco round dining booth nook Art Deco round dining nook off kitchen
Classic Art Deco diner look booth nook Art Deco L shape dining nook booth

There is something very Art Deco about having a dining nook / booth attached to the kitchen. This was quite common in Deco period kitchens & really adds to the total look. These were really an American touch, and not really seen much in Europe & the rest of the Englsih speaking world. Obviously if you are having a dining table table & chairs there is no need for a nook, but they do lend to close dining with family & friends, and have that diner look about them.

Ceiling beams;
Art Deco design for a ceiling beam with angled corners Art Deco design for a ceiling beam  with angled corners Art Deco design for a stepped ceiling beam
Art Deco design for a stepped ceiling beam Art Deco design for a stepped ceiling beam Art Deco design for a stepped ceiling beam
Art Deco asymetrical stepped design for a ceiling beam Art Deco asymetrical design for a ceiling beam with lots of curves Art Deco doorway; why not go for something really WOW?
Art Deco doorway; why not go for something really WOW?

A new kitchen will often involve some remodelling. Usually this means taking out a wall between 2 rooms to create a larger brighter open plan space. If you can't hide the new beam in the ceiling void, for practical / cost reasons, then the beam will be visible in the room.

Turn this to your advantage, & emphasis the Deco style of the ceiling beam. I've shown some examples of what can be done to jazz up the beam, there's lots of variations you could do with these. The new openings do not need to be either symetrical or square, as these examples show. Or just make a horizontal slit in the wall & make a curved breakfast bar (has that ocean liner aesthetic) as the bottom photo shows.
For a bit of extra work on the part of the builder & plasterer you get a 'feature' worth every penny.

Ceiling features
Art Deco design for a ceiling beam with angled corners Art Deco design for a ceiling beam  with angled corners Art Deco design for a ceiling beam  with angled corners
Art Deco design for a ceiling beam with angled corners Art Deco design for a ceiling beam  with angled corners

Architectural details are what make a Deco interior. So add them. The top LH photo shows a stepped ceiling with a concealed strip light along the step. The middle photo shows a raised round ceiling feature with stepped plaster moulding (see our plaster section for this). The top RH photo shows a dropped stepped ceiling with concealed lighting above; the length & steps give it a very Streamline look.

The bottom LH photo shows a classy Deco ceiling with several steps adding to the Streamline look. The bottom RH photo bedroom while contemporary has much Deco styling about it. The glamourous room features different ceiling levels with concealed lighting.

Floor levels - Steps;
Art Deco kitchen floor steps Art Deco kitchen steps

Another really cool Deco touch, if you are remodelling or building from new, is to use different floor levels. While this can be quite a practical challenge there is just something glamourous walking up / down a couple of steps into a room. You feel you are making an entrance.

Ideally have at least 2 steps, & make them wide like the LH photo. The RH photo shows a kitchen we did (see Kitchens section), that has a dropped kitchen area with 1 step. 1 step doesn't quite do it for Deco styling.

Glass bricks;
kitchen with glass bricks blocks Art Deco dining room with glass bricks blocks
Art Deco living room with glass bricks blocks Art Deco living room with glass bricks blocks

Glass bricks or blocks are another element that shouts Deco style. They can add a dramatic look to a room. Available in several textures & colours. You can build complete walls with them, infill doors & windows, make new internal walls or just highlight details like above the kitchen worktop.

Art Deco kitchen Index