Design Inspired by Film

One of the easiest places to look to for some decorating inspiration is your favourite movie or TV show. A character’s home has to tell you volumes about them at a single glance in order to feel authentic and to meaningfully contribute to the story. Even better, you have the opportunity to watch how that character interacts with the space and really get a feel for why it was designed that way.

Fearless Colour

Set designers (also known as scenic or production designers) aren’t limited by the fear that something might be too much, rather they get to push the envelope with colours so the characters tastes come through easily. This electric blue bedroom from Sex and the City is an absolute perfect example of the trick designers use, by looking at the clothes you wear as a starting point. Although Carrie Bradshaw’s closet would probably result in a completely new space everyday, the mirrored vanity table beautifully bounces each of those styles back into the room as the outfits change.

Carrie's Bedroom from Sex And The City via ElleDecor

Carrie’s Bedroom from Sex And The City

Living Room from The Great Gatsby via

Living Room from The Great Gatsby

Historical References

If you’re interested in historical design styles, try looking up movies that  are set in that period. Set designers are tasked with having to recreate eras down to the button, and will consult with historians and experts to make sure nothing is out of place.

Bathroom from Marie Antoinette via

Bathroom from Marie Antoinette

Styling & Details

The beauty of film sets is that you’re seeing a room that has been styled for someone that lives there and is just going about their day, versus a magazine photo that’s been styled to a T. Set designers have to be aware of every single detail on set, and will have placed every single item down to the last sheet of paper.

Living Room from Something's Gotta Give via CoteDeTexas

Living Room from Something’s Gotta Give

Creative Solutions

Most of us can relate to having to work with a small budget for our decorating dreams. Movies and tv shows with small budgets can have some very interesting design details. Whether it’s covering a wall in painted MDF moulding (floor to ceiling) for texture, or mixed open shelving and doors for upper cabinets simply because that was available to their budget through Craigslist. Out-of-the-box thinking can be all the difference between a good design and a blockbuster. Anyone remember the claw-foot tub-couch from Breakfast At Tiffany’s?

Kitchen from The Vow via

Kitchen from The Vow

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One thought on “Design Inspired by Film

  1. Reblogged this on Bird Brain and commented:

    This is one of my favourite posts that I wrote, and was probably the quickest one to write. I love movies and tv shows, and am always making note of interesting details used on fictional sets. Just to warn you, once you start looking for those details you stop paying attention to the story!

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