Interior design is a very personal thing, and everyone has their own unique eye for style. When designing rooms, some people take their inspiration from storefronts or magazines and others from movies. While not necessarily aimed to detract from the storyline, elaborate movie sets can often mesmerize viewers and fuel the fire of design envy.
Set designers take their cues from interior design experts, other movies, and their personal style preferences. A style is as unique as a fingerprint, and sometimes a movie set eclipses the film itself by stunning fans with its opulence and carrying them away with visions of their own magnificent rooms.
Your favorite movies are one of the best places you can look for inspiration when designing a room or your entire house. We have listed some standouts below that represent the best when searching for that particular style and innovative design solution. You may want to combine styles from a few or stick to the purity of just one theme.
That Old Movie Magic
Many old movies such as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Sabrina” and “Rosemary’s Baby” boast of grand mansion style apartments just oozing with elegant mid-century modern touches. If you are looking to model your home after the roaring ‘20s dripping with glamour, then “The Great Gatsby” is the movie to watch for ideas. However, if you are looking for a farmhouse country style with a fabulous kitchen, then look to “It’s Complicated” for inspiration.
“Father of the Bride” is one that’s cleverly designed with an upscale, suburban, cozy family feel. If bold color and quirky design is your passion, then movies like “Amelie” or “The Royal Tenenbaums” is the place to look. The contrast and rich, warm color schemes make it impossible for you to tear away your attention. Don’t forget about the color explosion and striking architecture in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” movie.
Who could forget “Beetlejuice” with its over-the-top, avant-garde style throughout the entire house? Dark color schemes and bizarre fixtures punctuate the unique yet fun and festive style perfect for this favorite film featuring an all-star cast. Both “Space Odyssey 2001” and “American Psycho” use scarcity, with modern, clean lines for a very utilitarian, detached style. Both use lots of white and black for that minimalistic feel.
Modern Design Interpretations
More modern films like “The Intern” (2015) illustrate timelessness in the main characters Brooklyn Brownstone combining rustic elements of brick and stone with modern fixtures and clean, sparse color for an absolute perfect feel of comfortable elegance.
“Sex and the City: The Movie” paints a different picture of very modern style in a New York apartment, with its masculine color schemes and midcentury furnishings combined with fun, colorful items that all work together in harmony for an eclectic, professional feel. Nancy Meyer’s “Something’s Gotta Give” made everyone envious with her interpretation of Diane Keaton’s Hamptons house. From the soothing color palette to the simple lived-in elegance; the home was perfect from top to bottom.
For something extraordinary, look to “The Shape of Water” for some genuinely unique design ideas. From the arched window overlooking the city to the built-in shelving, antique furniture and leather accents, it all mingles to create some of the most interesting rooms ever imagined. “Under the Tuscan Sun” also offers a myriad of excellent textural ideas as the movie follows the transformation of a house in Italy by actress Diane Lane.
Add a Modern Fireplace for Some Flair
Whether your style is traditional wainscoting with dark paneling, or you prefer a more contemporary design with modern furniture and a bright, clean look, a modern fireplace can enhance any room and style. The choices of modern fireplaces are endless.
Instead of the brick-and-mortar variety, a modern fireplace can combine elements of glass, steel, granite, or wood, to become a focal point in the room. A fireplace accentuates the design style already in place or creates something entirely unique. See-through units are especially desirable in newer more modern, architecturally focused homes.
One of the most significant benefits of a modern fireplace is placement. Without the need for a traditional chimney, your design ideas can flow naturally, and the fireplace can be seamlessly integrated into any area of the home. This versatility adds to the aesthetics and functionality of the modern fireplace. Making this possible are the new, safer, alternative fuel sources and building material choices.
After you have modeled your design style after your favorite movie, take things up a notch with one of these elegant, modern fireplaces to finish the space off perfectly. Nothing says design signature like mixing your modern flair with traditional lines. A modern fireplace puts the finishing touch in any room.
Movies Inspiring More Than Just Design
Not only do movies inspire home style design ideas but also creativity in the art world. For example, the Gallery of Steel Figures in Poland displays scrap metal sculptures of movie stars, as well as fictional heroes from movies and fairy tales. When visiting, you’ll get to enjoy a life-sized Gollum from the “Lord of the Rings,” along with an impressive statue of the Incredible Hulk. The artist also creates a variety of large sculptures made entirely of scrap metal from junked cars.
No matter what anyone takes away from a movie, whether it is a grand scheme of style or merely a love of architecture, the ideas gleaned from films can be used, altered and repurposed to create something new and beautiful over and over again. Chances are there is a movie out there that can inspire you with ideas you haven’t even considered yet. Even if you only walk away with a paint color, it was worth it.
Movies have been inspiring design, creative arts and even lifestyles for many years. As long as moviemakers keep on producing new films, we will continue to emulate and use what we love from them well into the future.
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