How To Decorate In The Art Nouveau Style

How To Decorate The Art Nouveau
How To Decorate The Art Nouveau

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This is a How To Decorate In The Art Nouveau Style. The first thing to do is understand the patterns, colors and designs of the time.This article on Art Nouveau in detail the reasons, designs, colors and influences of the time. An overview of the Art Nouveau give some knowledge to help make informed decisions.

The Art Nouveau movement lasted thirty years until 1910. It was a style were natural forms were used for inspiration and used in an original way. The reason was Art Nouveau peacock feathers most popular. The hallmark of the style are the undulating curved lines called whiplash, plants, such as curvilinear forms and stylized designs. The style is often described as sinuous, rhythmic and dreamy.

Motifs and Patterns

  • Floral motifs (often abstracted)
  • Delicate female forms
  • Peacocks
  • Insect wings
  • Bird feathers
  • Shells
  • Vines
  • Flowers, (Poppy, wisteria, water lilies, Japanese lotus….)
  • S curves
  • Whiplash lines

The colors are muted and delicate. The natural vegetable dyes were used in wallpaper, chintz and other materials. The Art Nouveau is considered by many as a main decorative style. The influence of Japanese prints is also evident in the drawings.


  • Pastels
  • White
  • Off white
  • Olive
  • Mustard
  • Sage
  • Brown
  • Lilac
  • Gold
  • Peacock blue

Wallpaper patterns

  • Stylised long stemmed poppies and lilies
  • Lancet shaped leaves
  • Slender blooms

The templates were also used. The Stencil Library www.stencil-library.comOpens in a new tab. is a great resource for new designs stencil. They have a wide bright in many historical periods. In 1904, Cowtan and Sons, a company of English decoration used to flatten or white enamel with white paint. This treatment has also been used by Charles Rennie Macintosh has created a series of clean rooms.

Art Nouveau tiles

Tiles shown in the Art Nouveau era were very popular in Belgium and France.Illustrations of the Czech artist Alphonse Mucha is used as the basis for the drawings. This influence does not appear in England until 1920 and 1930. Arts and Crafts influence continued in the United States.

However, the use of shingles is also popular. Victor Horta at home in Brussels (now the Horta Museum) uses simple white tiles on the walls and ceiling in a brick like fashion.

Pipe-coating was used to create patterns on the tiles. The technique used is similar to the formation of ice on a cake of pipes. The raised lines of the tile pattern gives a 3D appearance. Kenneth Clark has a coating of ceramic tile border tube tulips available.


  • Pastel shades
  • Plain tiles or individual tile designs set among plain tiles
  • Patterned tiles were mainly used in a row at dado height or as a random insert
  • Highly stylized abstracted floral tiles
  • Art Nouveau style panels were used to create complete interiors in Europe
  • Panels also on facades of buildings
  • In America and England individual floral designs on individual tiles or arranged in small panels up to dado height.

Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati, Ohio, Carter & Co pottery and Poole in Dorset, England, Yorkshire and Minton Hollins Tile Company are some of the companies producing Art Nouveau tiles.

Decorative Items

One of the icon of the era of Art Nouveau Tiffany lamp is created by Louis Tiffany.He studied art and continued to develop the interior design firm of Louis Tiffany & Associated Artists in New York. The company is still decorated in Victorian style Arts and Crafts influences. In 1885, the company’s main goal was a work of art in glass so that a new name was created Tiffany Glass Company. Tiffany designed Windows for the churches of America, for example, the Trinity Church in Boston.Also moved to the conception of art glass for homes, clubs and other societies.

The glass panels ‘Four Seasons’ establish an international reputation for Tiffany.His work has been exhibited in the Art Nouveau Bing shop in Paris. His work includes landscapes, flowers and semi-abstract designs. Vases, bowls, paper, glass Favrile iridescent designed called Cameo Cyprite, and lava.

Tiffany lamps were made from base metal with glass shades similar to the windows and stained glass windows. The designs are natural forms, peacock feathers and wings of insects. Some of the job names include Tiffany leaded glass “trumpet vine” and bronze table lamp and “Peacock” and glass panels “cockatoo”, an electric light with a shade of color called “Dragon Fly ”

Art Nouveau had an impact on silver, tin, painting, sculpture, posters, advertising and design of the ceramic. To find decorative items do not forget to select items with beautiful flowing lines and curved shapes.

Eco Friendly Way

The interior decoration of the old models can be a very green to decorate. Visit the thrift store offers antiques, garage sales and online research can be a great way to find the treasures of Art Nouveau. The most important thing is to have a clear idea of ​​what you want, what you spend before you start looking. I recently saw the tiles that time for sale on eBay at a very reasonable price.


Parquet has been used frequently in the era of Art Nouveau. But Horta mosaics used in the swirling patterns of curves on the floor of his house Tassel. Linoleum was also popular. The color patterns in strings in the 20th century were natural, white oil, olive and brown

Axminister the loom was invented in the United States in 1876. Brinton has developed in England in 1890 version of tweezers. These inventions helped make large rugs in unlimited colors. Floral designs became the trademark of British designers. ‘Book’ Dictionary Owen Jones, decorative “Christopher Dresser in 1856 and” Principles of Design “in 1879 continued to influence the design. As the drawings made by William Morris in the particular design of acanthus leaves and poppy.

The Main Features of the Art Nouveau Style

  • Muted delicate colours
  • Flowing curved lines
  • Natural forms
  • Tiffany lamps
  • Glassware
  • Pewter
  • Silver ware
  • Peacock feathers
  • Stained glass panels
  • Furniture with curving lines and rounded forms
  • Upholstery in Art Nouveau themes
  • Smooth plain tiles
  • Stenciled walls and ceilings
  • Ironwork
  • Electric lighting

Unfortunately, the Art Nouveau style was the most misunderstood and is often considered a decorative sideline. However, the original architect Hector Guimard, Victor Horta in France and Belgium is easy to recognize. Many buildings of Victor Horta, is now in the World Heritage List. In Vienna, Josef Hoffman developed the movement of the “Vienna Secession” is also different from Art Nouveau influence.This style was less curved and straight lines right in all its forms. Charles Rennie Macintosh, Scotland, Spain and Gaudi Antionia Louis Sullivan and Tiffany in the U.S. been developed and each expresses a form of Art Nouveau. There was a revival of Art Nouveau in the 1960s and shows the style continue to inspire new generations.

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