7 Décor Essentials for a Great Gatsby Inspired Living Room
Add a little art deco to your home
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby has been an inspired masterpiece since its publication in 1925. Chronicling the Roaring Twenties, the story details the breakdown and dangers of getting caught up in the American Dream through its protagonist Jay Gatsby. With five film adaptations, including the most recent from Baz Luhrmann, the look of The Great Gatsby has been made to represent a fantastical version of the 1920s, from fashion to interior décor.
Once you get your Gatsby fashion down, you may want to get your very own West Egg abode too. Luckily, all you really need is a select few essential pieces that will evoke the Art Deco style of the period, from the perfect glass chandelier to the right minimalistic art print.
1920s Odeon Glass Fringe 5-Ring Chandelier, Restoration Hardware
No Gatsby-inspired living room would be complete without a chandelier hanging low above a sofa. This 1920s Odeon Glass Chandelier ($2,550) from Restoration Hardware takes from Parisian Art Deco, evident in the combination of straight and curved lines. The k9 glass pieces give "optical-quality prisms" and are hung on five concentric rings, giving a nice contrast to the iron frame that supports it. The frame also reflects the labor that went into crafting the finished product, bringing some modernity to the overall design.
Beverly Sofa, Williams-Sonoma
If you feel like channeling your inner Daisy Buchanan, try lounging on the Beverly Sofa from Williams-Sonoma. Featuring the classic Chesterfield style of button-tufted padding, we think the Grade G Ivory Leather option is the best, which will run you $6,950. We especially love the exposed turned legs that keep the sofa off the ground and the high rolled arms.
TimeLime Art Deco ArmChair, Atolye Baska for Etsy
A nice pop of color works for many eras and Art Deco is no different. Adding this bright TimeLine Art Deco Armchair from Atolye Baska to your Gatsby-themed room will definitely help pull the rest of the room together. Maybe snatch two of them and arrange them to frame the more subtle ivory couch. With a solid wood frame and legs, this arm chair is upholstered in quilted velvet, has a gazelle silk matte finish. If green isn't your color, they also sell the chair in a bright orange.
"Times Square" Giclée Print by Zelda Fitzgerald, Art.com
If you're serious about decking your space out with Great Gatsby-inspired décor, it would be seriously wrong to omit an art print from the real Daisy Buchanan. Art.com has just unveiled their exclusive collection of art by Zelda Fitzgerald, F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife. An iconic novelist and artist in her own right, Fitzgerald's colorful art prints are not to be missed. Costing $99.99 for a 24" by 20" Premium Giclée Print, "Times Square" shows New York City at night and was painted from her romantic memories of happy times with her husband.
Giclée is French for "to spray" and is a process where "millions of ink droplets are sprayed onto a high-quality paper. The smooth transitions of color gradients make giclée prints appear much more realistic than other prints."
iPhone Gramophone, Restoration Hardware
It wouldn't have been the Roaring Twenties without music so to complete your Gatsby theme you're going to need some tunes. Try listening to some Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith on this retro-designed iPhone Gramophone from Restoration Hardware. Borrowing the speaker horn from the early phonographs to amplify your tunes, just stick your iPhone in the solid walnut dock and according to the company, the horn (made from iron and brass) will give the music a volume boost by three to four times. Better still, you don't even need electricity or batteries, making it completely portable.
Antiqued Brass and Mirror Bar Cart, Rejuvenation
If there's one activity prevalent in The Great Gatsby that's still popular today, it's drinking. Great for parties or just a quiet night in, this Antiqued Brass and Mirror Bar Cart ($1,398) from Rejuvenation would roll up perfectly to your preferred lounging spot. Featuring two glass shelves with antiqued-mirror borders, you can probably fit quite a bit of bottle and martini glasses on here. The company promises that the design is sturdy thanks to its brass frame and shelf rails.
Genuine Alabaster & Brass Sconce, House of Antique Hardware
A single chandelier isn't going to be enough lighting for an entire room so consider mounting a few of these Genuine Alabaster & Brass Sconce's from House of Antique Hardware on your walls. Costing $750 each, this Art Deco sconce features genuine Spanish alabaster shade and a brass carriage that's finished in a French gold patina. If you want to bring in some romantic light for an intimate re-connection with a past love, these give off a warm and mellow glow that would accompany your intentions perfectly.
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