Get the Great Gatsby look for your home

A new re-make of the Great Gatsby is about to be released, and I predict an interest in the 1920’s for fashion and interiors over the summer.  When I ask clients what their favourite design style is, they often say Art Deco and that of course was the archetypal design style of the 1920’s.  It’s a very strong look and can be difficult to incorporate into contemporary interiors without making them look like a film set.  I thought I would come up with a few ways of introducing this very stylish look into your home.

The simplest way is to devise a black and white colour scheme which is very suggestive of Art Deco, but using contemporary fittings, furniture and accessories. Have a look at my previous blog on ways of working with black and white interiors


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Art Deco style bathrooms really have an air of sophistication, a simple white tile with black border could be just what’s needed to get the look, add these taps from Samuel Heath and accessorise with Art Deco style mirrors and glass perfume bottles.  Some 21st Century under floor heating beneath a marble floor and lots of lovely fluffy white towels will add that touch of decadence.




The Great Gatsby is one of my favourite books, and I love the scene near the beginning where the narrator is shown into Daisy’s beautiful drawing room.  I would love to re-create this look using large, comfortable chesterfipiovene-pale-jade-smart-silk-stripe-cushion-maineld sofas covered in white linen, scattered with these cushions from Designers Guild.  These gorgeous 1920’s style tables from Tom Faulkner would look fabulous at the ends of each sofa, perfect for cocktails! There would be a polished wood in-laid floor covered with deep pile pastel coloured rugs. At the windows would be simple sheer linen curtains billowing in the breeze with tall mirrors opposite to reflect back the light. Simplicity and elegance…


Cole wallpaper

There are many 1920’s influenced fabrics and wallpapers on the market that you can use to add some Jazz Age glamour.  How about this wallpaper from Cole and Son? Or Harlequin’s Arkona collection has several 1920’s style fabrics which would beautifully compliment a contemporary room.

For some further inspiration, here is an Art Deco mood board I made a few years ago, showing that this design style is never far from fashion. DSCN0326

For help with introducing this design style or any other you may like into your home, please contact Jane at Sweet Lime Interior Design.