Art Nouveau

Can someone explain the difference between Art Nouveau and Art Deco?

I know the time periods when each was popular so I don't need that information. The two styles seem so similar--I just need to know the basic differences; or what defines each. I'm thinking of changing my decor to one or the other, or a combination of both.
Thanks.

Maybe you should look at it as the amount of softness in a piece. I believe the Art Nouveau and Deco periods overlapped somewhat. I like both late nouveau (long silhouettes, vines, nudes, etc.) and early deco, which incorporates some of the same characteristics with sharp geometrics. Later deco is sharper, without the softness, then it becomes "space age". Instead of decorating in one or the other, combine pieces you like, softer Nouveau pieces that will offset the geometrics of Deco. Even some modern things. Don't really worry about the period they're from, as long as you like them and they go well together, creating a good flow, and a good feeling.

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Depression Glass 6 Pink American Sweetheart Cereal Bowl 1930 1936
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Wonderful NORTHWOOD Blue GOOD LUCK BOWL RARE amazing color RENNINGER BLUE
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Vintage Cut Crystal Footed Hearts Candy Dish Glass
Vintage Cut Crystal Footed Hearts Candy Dish Glass
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Beautiful Jon Bush Signed Art Glass Aurene 17 Vase
Beautiful Jon Bush Signed Art Glass Aurene 17 Vase
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Cameo Glass Art Nouveau Vase with Birds 11 3 4 Inch Tall Signed Galle Tip
Cameo Glass Art Nouveau Vase with Birds 11 3 4 Inch Tall Signed Galle Tip
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1 Czech Vintage rare hand gold gilt enamel faceted green Art glass bangle hoop
1 Czech Vintage rare hand gold gilt enamel faceted green Art glass bangle hoop
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Cameo Glass Art Nouveau Vase with Mill and Bridge 18 Inch Tall Signed Galle Tip
Cameo Glass Art Nouveau Vase with Mill and Bridge 18 Inch Tall Signed Galle Tip
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Beautiful Green Vaseline Uranium Satin Glass Floral Mayonnaise Footed Bowl Ladle
Beautiful Green Vaseline Uranium Satin Glass Floral Mayonnaise Footed Bowl Ladle
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Art Nouveau Wine Glass Rummer pistazien Green Clover Um 1910 AL161
Art Nouveau Wine Glass Rummer pistazien Green Clover Um 1910 AL161
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Art Nouveau Mug Glass Dragonfly Um 1910 AL164
Art Nouveau Mug Glass Dragonfly Um 1910 AL164
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ANTIQUE WESTMORELAND CARNIVAL AQUA TEAL GLASS CORINTH VASE 8 Good Condition
ANTIQUE WESTMORELAND CARNIVAL AQUA TEAL GLASS CORINTH VASE 8 Good Condition
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French glass box Vallrysthal Snail on the back of a tortoise
French glass box Vallrysthal Snail on the back of a tortoise
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RARE French box in amber glass signed Vallerysthal Dromedary or Camel
RARE French box in amber glass signed Vallerysthal Dromedary or Camel
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1800s Art Nouveau Engraved 55 Height Decanter with Sterling Silver Overlay
1800s Art Nouveau Engraved 55 Height Decanter with Sterling Silver Overlay
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Art Nouveau Loetz Pink Glass Bronze Mounted Inkwell with Horned Faun early 1900
Art Nouveau Loetz Pink Glass Bronze Mounted Inkwell with Horned Faun early 1900
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Emile Gall 1846 1904 Cameo Glass Vase With Wild Vine Decoration
Emile Gall 1846 1904 Cameo Glass Vase With Wild Vine Decoration
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ART NOUVEAU EMILE GALLE VASE GOURDE WITH WATER LILY DESIGN
ART NOUVEAU EMILE GALLE VASE GOURDE WITH WATER LILY DESIGN
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ART NOUVEAU EMILE GALLE VASE RANUNCULUS AT THE SUN DOWN
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ART NOUVEAU EMILE GALLE VASE SIGNATURES WITH STAR
ART NOUVEAU EMILE GALLE VASE SIGNATURES WITH STAR
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ART NOUVEAU EMILE GALLE VASE
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VINTAGE 9 NORTHWOOD DUGAN AQUA MARINE BLUE RUFFLED BEADED COMPOTE CENTERPIECE
VINTAGE 9 NORTHWOOD DUGAN AQUA MARINE BLUE RUFFLED BEADED COMPOTE CENTERPIECE
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Vintage Princess House Lead Crystal Etched Cut Glass Ice Bucket
Vintage Princess House Lead Crystal Etched Cut Glass Ice Bucket
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Vintage Lead Crystal Vase By Mikasa V Tiered Fine German Crystal
Vintage Lead Crystal Vase By Mikasa V Tiered Fine German Crystal
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Vintage Princess House Lead Crystal Decanter West Germany Cut Glass
Vintage Princess House Lead Crystal Decanter West Germany Cut Glass
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TIFFANY STUDIOS PINE NEEDLE LG INKWELL GRN GLASS PATINA BEADED BORDER NICE
TIFFANY STUDIOS PINE NEEDLE LG INKWELL GRN GLASS PATINA BEADED BORDER NICE
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KRALIK APPLIED FRUIT w FOLIAGE LARGE OPTIC RIBBED VASE EXCELLENT
KRALIK APPLIED FRUIT w FOLIAGE LARGE OPTIC RIBBED VASE EXCELLENT
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DURAND ART GLASS GREEN KING TUT LAMP BASE BLANK TALL VASE STUNNING
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BOHEMIAN GLASS GOLD WAVES ON BLUE BUD VASE PHANOMEN STYLE DECOR BEAUTIFUL
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TIFFANY STUDIOS ABALONE PEN TRAY GOLD PATINA ALL ABALONES INTACT VERY NICE
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IMPERIAL ART GLASS BLUE LEAD LUSTRE GRECIAN URN VASE FREEHAND GREAT IRIDESCENCE
IMPERIAL ART GLASS BLUE LEAD LUSTRE GRECIAN URN VASE FREEHAND GREAT IRIDESCENCE
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FENTON FAVRENE FLORAL DECORATED TALL VASE LIMITED EDITION VERY NICE
FENTON FAVRENE FLORAL DECORATED TALL VASE LIMITED EDITION VERY NICE
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TIFFANY STUDIOS PINE NEEDLE SM BLOTTER ENDS WOMANS DESK SET SIZE NICE PATINA
TIFFANY STUDIOS PINE NEEDLE SM BLOTTER ENDS WOMANS DESK SET SIZE NICE PATINA
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TIFFANY STUDIOS DOUBLE ARM STUDENT LAMP w QUEZAL BLUE HOOKED FEATHER SHADES
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TIFFANY GOLD FAVRILE LILY PAD CENTERPIECE BOWL w 2 TIER FLOWER FROG MINT
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LOETZ BLUE PAPILLON BUTTERFLY TAPERED CABINET SHOULDER VASE GREAT COLOR
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