The bold, luxurious scenery in The Great Gatsby is drawing as much attention as the glamorous stars of the new Hollywood blockbuster.
Director Baz Luhrmann has recreated the lavish 1920s playground of the rich where the beautiful, upper-class Daisy is wooed by social climber Gatsby, and it’s a riot of colour and opulence enhanced by 3D.
This elegant style suits our current desire for more decorative, styled homes, says Carole Brown, director of marketing for Dunelm Mill.
“To do up a home in true Gatsby style, introduce elements of opulence with polished, mirrored furniture, silky fabrics and luxurious crystal lighting,” she said.
Marianne Shillingford, design director of Dulux Design Service, says: “The right backdrop and even just a few deco details will capture the atmosphere of this era.”
Painting walls in differing shades may seem as unlikely a pairing as Daisy and Gatsby. But it can work.
“Use colours which reflect dulled-off metallic hues of bronze and copper as well as richer caramels,” says Rebecca Thompson, colour and design manager for Dulux.
“Set those against blue greys and charcoal, with a touch of pink and it will keep the style feminine and elegant.”
Dulux’s Timeless range has shades to inspire, such as a deep grey Bowler Hat, £21.98 for 2.5 litres, a Natural Taupe 2 and a warm Caramel Blush 2. Both around £24.29 for 2.5 litres from various outlets.
Farrow & Ball’s Churlish Green could be complemented by a taupe Dove Tale or dark grey Down Pipe. All shades available in full gloss, £19.50 for 750ml, and the Estate Emulsion range, £34.50 for 2.5 litres.
Polished furniture, wood and bronze craftsmanship will create a setting redolent of the visual luxury of the period.
Dunelm Mill’s Deco range of desirable mirrored furniture includes a Parisian four-drawer chest, £349.99.
The Apartment collection at Isme is a snip with a console table and side table on offer online at £79 each and a coffee table, £159.
Reflect light with decorative all-glass mirrors.
“Keep flooring light for a fresh look by choosing cream carpet or light oak parquet and rugs. Gold and silver details work well together in a room but try not to use equal amounts,” advises Marianne Shillingford at Dulux.
“Touches of gold in details such as door handles can be echoed in fabrics, while tones of faceted silver, glass and chrome will add real glamour.”
A monochrome scheme is always suggestive of art deco and pristine white walls with some signature pieces of furniture will endure long beyond the hype of the movie.