What is the difference between Art Deco and Art Nouveau Lighting?

Reproduction Emile Galle Style Double Lit Clarissa Flower Table Lamp - Emile Galle designed and produced classic Art Nouveau glass, pottery and furniture in the late 1800s.

Reproduction Emile Galle Style Double Lit Clarissa Flower Table Lamp – Emile Galle designed and produced classic Art Nouveau glass, pottery and furniture in the late 1800s.

Art Deco and Art Nouveau are related styles. Both styles were popular when interior gas and electric lighting first became more easily available.

Kenroy Home 90896TS Inverness Art Nouveau Chandelier with Pale iridescent art glass, swirled with tan, milk and chocolate, finished with a chromium glass rim

Kenroy Home 90896TS Inverness Art Nouveau Style Chandelier with Pale iridescent art glass, swirled with tan, milk and chocolate, finished with a chromium glass rim

Art Nouveau Lighting

Art Nouveau lighting incorporates elements from nature. This style has organic lines and motifs like leaves, vines, flowers, birds, insects and sea creatures. Colors are muted and natural materials such as wood and mica are emphasized. Deep gem toned greens and reds are used with shades of brown.

Art Nouveau means “new art.” Mass production was making furniture more affordable, but at the cost of creativity and individuality. A lot of what was newly available was shoddy. Art Nouveau style brought back good craftsmanship and quality materials. It developed from the Arts & Crafts and Aesthetic movements.

Both Art Deco and Art Nouveau may have geometric shapes, but Art Nouveau Lighting will have a more curving form.

Kalco 505054TS Palisade 27" Pendant or Ceiling Light with Old Hollywood Art Deco Glamour

Kalco 505054TS Palisade 27″ Pendant or Ceiling Light with Old Hollywood Art Deco Glamour

Art Deco Lighting

Art Deco is geometric and angular. This style has straight, square lines and geometric motifs like circles and zig zags.

Art Deco surged in popularity after the 1925 Design Expostion, Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, in Paris. The look was called Style Moderne. Where Art Nouveau embraced hand crafted items, Art Deco celebrated industrial materials and technology. Black is popular and colors are often bold. Modern materials like chrome, aluminum, stainless steel, mirror and Bakelite are embraced and featured.

When the look became popular again in the 1960s, it was called Art Deco.

Sanguine Sunny SSDJ433 Mermaids and Seashells 6-Light Chandelier - Iridescent glass takes on all the colors of the seashore, yellow, blue, green and pink hues.

Sanguine Sunny SSDJ433 Mermaids and Seashells 6-Light Art Nouveau Chandelier – Iridescent glass takes on all the colors of the seashore, yellow, blue, green and pink hues.

Art Deco or Art Nouveau?

Art Nouveau Lighting

Art Nouveau lighting may feature women or mermaids with flowing hair, plants, leaves, flowers and vines, or real and fantasy animals and insects such as peacocks, dragonflies, bats, gargoyles, dragons, birds, fish, shells, and octopus motifs. Other styles of lighting may be considered Art Nouveau.

Art Nouveau Styles

  • Art Nouveau
  • Organic Style
  • Floral Style
  • Gothick Style

Art Deco Lighting

Art Deco lighting may have the look and lines of skyscrapers, airplanes or the then modern cars. They may use features like stylized women, gazelles or dogs. Many other styles are also called Art Deco.

Kalco 5811NI Aspen 6-Light Treescape Chandelier - This Adirondack style chandelier brings the elegant rustic style of the Great Camps of the Adirondack Mountains of New York to your home

Kalco 5811NI Aspen 6-Light Treescape Chandelier – This Adirondack style chandelier brings the elegant rustic style of the Great Camps of the Adirondack Mountains of New York to your home

Art Deco Styles

  • Adirondack Style
  • Art Deco Style
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Craftsman Style
  • Antique Reproduction Early Electric Styles
  • Lodge Style
  • Mackintosh
  • Metro Style
  • Mission Style
  • Prairie Style
  • Shaker Style
  • Tiffany Style

These Modern styles are also sometimes referred to as Art Deco.

Modern Styles

  • Bauhaus
  • Biedermeier Style
  • De Stijl
  • Hard Edge Style
  • High Tech Style
  • Memphis Style
  • Minimalist Style
  • New York Style
Meyda Arts Prairie Dragonfly Bath Collection

Meyda Arts Prairie Dragonfly Bath Collection combines square lines with dragonfly art glass shades.

Transitional Art Deco Art Nouveau

Some lighting combines the two styles. You may see square lines with dragonfly art glass or sinuous Art Nouveau lines in brighter Art Deco colors. Between the popularity of the two styles, cross-over pieces were created. In the 1960s, Art Deco pieces were often designed incorporating elements of both styles.

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Art Deco Chandeliers
Elegant and glamorous or Arts & Crafts, these chandeliers work with an Art Deco Style interior.

Art Deco Pendants
These pendants have motifs that coordinate with an Art Deco interior. Drawing from a variety of inspirations, these pendants can work with many homes. Be sure to take a look at these designs.

 Tiffany Pendants
Tiffany Pendants are available in a wide variety of colors, finishes and styles. Never out of style, these pendants are suitable for many interiors.

Art Deco Pool Table or Island Lights
This collection of pendants coordinate with a variety of interiors. These distinctive pendants light a pool table, bar or kitchen island.

Art Deco Ceiling Lights
This collection of ceiling lights coordinates with your Art Deco style home. Ceiling Lights in Adirondack, Craftsman, Lodge, Mackintosh, Mission, Prairie, Shaker Style or Tiffany Style Ceiling lights.

Tiffany Ceiling Lights
Tiffany Pendants are available in a wide variety of colors, finishes, styles and price points. Tiffany never goes out of style. Tiffany flush and semi-flush ceiling lights work with many interior styles. They will coordinate with Art Deco, Adirondack, Craftsman, Lodge, Mackintosh, Mission, Prairie, Shaker Style or other Tiffany Style lighting.

Art Deco Sconces
These sconces coordinate with a variety of Art Deco era interiors.

Art Deco Brackets
Ranging from elegant to rustic, these brackets coordinate with a variety of Art Deco interiors.

Art Deco Bath Lighting
Bath lighting and wall brackets to coordinate with Art Deco, Adirondack, Arts and Crafts, Craftsman Style, Lodge Style, Mackintosh, Metro Style, Mission Style, Prairie, Shaker or Tiffany Style

Art Deco Table Lamps
This collection of Table Lamps includes options with natural materials to coordinate with the Adirondack, Arts and Crafts, Craftsman Style and Lodge Style as well as elegant options to coordinate with Hollywood Art Deco style.

Tiffany Table Lamps
This collection of Table Lamps is handcrafted from genuine art glass in various hues in Tiffany Style.

Art Deco Torchieres & Floor Lamps
This page collects Floor lamps and Torchieres that coordinate with various Art Deco style interiors.

Art Deco Mirrors
This page shows mirrors in a variety of Art Deco, Traditional and Antique Reproduction styles.

Art Deco Outdoor Lighting
This page has a few Art Deco and Craftsman Style outdoor and porch light options.

Art Deco & Mission Style Landscape Lighting
Low Voltage, Line Voltage and LED landcape lighting, path lighting and deck lighting to coordinate with your Mission Style or Arts and Crafts Style.

Art Nouveau Style Lighting

Art Nouveau Chandeliers
Curving and organic, these delicate chandeliers incorporate twisting plants and sinuous lines. Italian Tole Chandeliers, Venetian and Art Nouveau glass and lighting that could be found at a Paris Flea Market.

Art Nouveau Pendants
These pendants have dramatic curving lines to coordinate with an Art Nouveau interior. They draw from many inspirations and styles, featuring a variety of finishes and motifs.

Art Nouveau Mini Pendants
Art Nouveau and vintage Italian Tole style mini drop pendants are perfect for a shabby chic interior. These unusual small pendants can be used alone or in a series. They are a focal point however they are used.

Art Nouveau Pool Table or Island Lights
This collection of pendants coordinate with a variety of interiors. These distinctive pendants light a pool table, bar or kitchen island.

Art Nouveau Ceiling
These ceiling lights will coordinate with your Art Nouveau room.

Art Nouveau Sconces
These wall sconces draw from the organic curvilinear sources of the Art Nouveau style. They are available in a variety of finishes and motifs to coordinate with many romantic or dramatic interiors.

Art Nouveau Brackets
This collection of Art Nouveau brackets coordinates with many interiors. Beautifully unique, these brackets are works of art.

Art Nouveau Bath Lighting
Curving organic, sinuous lines. Twisting tendril-like plants, flowing hair. Movement. Drawing on the motifs of the Rococo style, this style is distinctive for it’s consistent use of wavy lines. Delicate wrought iron in organic floral designs.

Art Nouveau Table Lamps
This collection of lamps in stained glass with organic patterns or thematic styles that reflect the delicate lines of the Art Nouveau style.

Art Nouveau Outdoor Lights
This collection of outdoor lighting fits in with Art Nouveau style.

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