Art Deco kitchens picked up pops of color with dishware and pottery, explains Gordon, who developed this color palette. “Red was used as a trim or in decorative accents,” says Gordon. “It was really only used as an accent.” Here she paired a bright red Chili Pepper accent on the backsplash with a pale Cream Yellow for the remaining walls. The bright hue popped up in stylized fruit and vegetable imagery too, with embroidered tomatoes on dish towels or cherries on a wallpaper trim.
During the Art Deco period, one product in particular drove a trend toward green colors: jadeite, a heavy glass used for kitchen bowls, service pieces and tableware. Jadeite’s milky green color is similar to the Mantis Green on this kitchen’s walls. “What’s interesting in the Deco period, it’s the first time anything other than white was introduced in the kitchen,” says Gordon. “If you had a kitchen, it should either be green or have green accents in it.” This analogous color palette features a trio of greens, including a deeper Bud Green painted backsplash and a pale melon on the trim.
The fashion and advertisements of the Art Deco period drove the growth of bright colors in the home. “Everything was exploding color,” says Shanna Bender, ASID and IIDA, owner and principal designer of Design Studio 15. The Lively Yellow and Larchmere green of this palette brings that flair for color to the kitchen walls. While bright colors like these were more likely to appear in smaller spaces during the actual era, this modern take on the Art Deco palette emboldens the design statement. “Bringing these three colors together keeps the eye moving,” explains Bender. By adding painted stripes to the ceiling (see 4-color-scheme), Bender creates the illusion of a coffered ceiling.
This palette takes its inspiration from the exterior architecture of Miami Beach and brings it inside the kitchen. Bender selected popular hues from Miami’s Art Deco buildings. “We’re always encouraging our clients to look at what the architecture of the home has already provided their space,” explains Bender. The Aristocrat Peach and Spirited Green hues (see 4-color scheme) evoke the stucco, tile and etched glass of Miami Beach architecture while the neutral Gray Matters balances these pastel tones.