Get Gatsby style for your kitchen
The much-hyped The Great Gatsby hit cinemas this month, leaving many of us drooling over the film’s opulent 1920s chic. If you long for classic art deco styling in your home, take a look at our Gatsby kitchen style guide for the savvy flapper-wannabe.
Art deco was the look to aspire to in the 1920s, with vivid colour-blocking and geometric shapes such as triangles, circles and squares widely used in art and fashion. The geometric look was reflected in the sharp, bevelled lines of tables, cabinets and handles.
Light and bright
Stylistas of the Roaring Twenties knew that light colours and reflective surfaces were the perfect compliment to the bold geometric lines which typified the art deco movement. Think white doors, glass-fronted cabinets, mirrored splashbacks and polished chrome appliances. The stark contrast of black worktops or furniture can enhance a clean, minimalist look.
Everything shone in the Gatsby era, with reflective surfaces a big part of sparkling 1920s style. Mirrors, glass, high-gloss lacquer and polished metal were all used to excess: good news if you have a small kitchen, as employing these wisely will create the illusion of a larger space. For an authentic art deco look, choose crystal kitchenware and lighting.
The early days of motion pictures encouraged an aspirational lifestyle among those who could afford it, and the pre-depression era generation were known for their decadence. No expense was spared, with luxurious materials such as silk and damask widely used in home decorating. Luckily, synthetic copycat fabrics mean modern-day flappers don’t need to spend a bundle to replicate the era’s style.
Top 10 accessories to go Gatsby in your kitchen
Black And Glass Chandelier Drum Shade from Notonthehighstreet.com, £225
WMF Silver Plated & Glass Basket from LavishShoestring, £65
Twisted Flame Molded Glass Spirit Decanter from LavishShoestring, £45
Roger Lascelles Art Deco Wall Clock in Black from wayfair.co.uk, £80.84
White Retro Style Kitchen Scales from Artisana, £12.99