1920s Interior Design in Action: Real Apartment in Deep Retro


After the Hollywood film adaptation of F. Fitzgerald’s novel of the same name, The Great Gatsby, the image of the 1920s became very popular not only in clothes, but also in apartment interiors. In the era of the 20s, World War I, people breathed life with a full breast, became daring and courageous, wanting to snatch the last cream, since wartime was unpredictable. Therefore, the lifestyle was close to unacceptable luxury (as far as it was possible in the war and post-war time). This luxury was also manifested in the interior design of the 1920s.

1920s Interior Design in Action: Real Apartment in Deep Retro. Large carved console mirror in the hallway

If you describe the style of the Great Gatsby in a nutshell, this is a classic interior with a slight bias to the colonial style or country style. Beautiful carved furniture made of natural wood (mostly dark woods), very often gilded details, chic chandeliers, expensive paintings and busts – all this can be safely attributed to the Great Gatsby style in the interior!

1920s Interior Design in Action: Real Apartment in Deep Retro. Dark styled common room with crystal chandelier and black columns

The interior in the style of the 20s made a real turn, which is why he is still so loved. And after the release of the Hollywood film, “The Great Gatsby” style became one of the most popular among classic interiors!

1920s Interior Design in Action: Real Apartment in Deep Retro. A lot of natural light for the dining room with black table

This apartment in Vintage style with glimpses of modernity seems so unusual and special that we wanted to share these images with you.

1920s Interior Design in Action: Real Apartment in Deep Retro. Notes of the Empire style in the home office

The owner of the apartment, not being a professional designer, very accurately conveyed the eclectic atmosphere that prevailed in the interiors of the 20s!

1920s Interior Design in Action: Real Apartment in Deep Retro. Large scale wall painting

It was a great idea to restore the old parquet, to leave the old window frames and wooden beams: in this way the housing does not lose its identity. At the same time, a new floor was made in the kitchen in the style of the beginning of the 20th century.

Unusual wooden retro furniture and the lemon cup at the table as decoration

Such areas as the kitchen and the bathroom had to be completely reconstructed, but even after the repair, they still had a vintage “character.”

1920s Interior Design in Action: Real Apartment in Deep Retro. Texture plastered walls and silver plated taps in the bathroom1920s Interior Design in Action: Real Apartment in Deep Retro. Wainscoted bathroom and tiled shower zone, wooden shelving

Much of the furniture and decor items are antiques 40-50 years. But the Coco Chanel perfume and other glass and crystal made accesssories really make a difference for the atmosphere. Also it is a nice mood-warmer for female part of the family.

1920s Interior Design in Action: Real Apartment in Deep Retro. Crystal dishes and accessories at the bronze tray

The interior, in which there are a lot of corners that you want to look at possesses a perfect balance of modernity, retro and classics.

1920s Interior Design in Action: Real Apartment in Deep Retro. Unusual three-tier storage box in the form of tortoise    1920s Interior Design in Action: Real Apartment in Deep Retro. Ancient chest of drawers in Gatsby's bedroom 1920s Interior Design in Action: Real Apartment in Deep Retro. Bent legs of chairs and carved base of the table

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