10 Decorating Ideas Inspired by Movies You Love
We can’t count the number of movie homes that have bona fide icon status (we’re thinking The Parent Trap, Leave It to Beaver, Father of the Bride, etc…). We’ve rounded up some of our all-time Hollywood favorites to guide you through your next redesign. Clearly, we’re addicted to the timeless style of James Radin, the interior designer for Nancy Meyers’s films Something’s Gotta Give, The Holiday, and It’s Complicated. But if you’re in the mood for something more dramatic, we’ve got you covered. Architect John Lautner’s modernist interiors, as well as the flawless set designs of Alfred Hitchcock and Pedro Almodóvar, are all simply intoxicating! Line up your Netflix queue: It’s time to get started on your next mood board.
Colin Firth’s wooded wonder of a home in A Single Man is another creation by architect John Lautner. The house embodies Lautner’s signature asymmetric style and oozes natural warmth thanks to its combination of naked wood walls and glass floor-to-ceiling windows.
IDEA TO STEAL: Red rugs
No movie inspiration design list could be complete without Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Holly Golightly’s eclectic flat would not be complete without the half-bathtub couch, purple accent pillows, and zebra rug. Channel Audrey Hepburn’s character by throwing on a men’s tuxedo shirt and turquoise eye mask to romp around your flat barefoot.
IDEA TO STEAL: Zebra rug
We have to say Lucy Liu’s father wins the real estate game in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. He lives in architect John Lautner’s masterpiece, the Sheats Goldstein Residence. The asymmetric Los Angeles structural wonder is built on three acres of land overlooking Westwood, Brentwood, and the Pacific. The glass and concrete fortress teeters at the edge of a sandstone cliff, and its light-blue pool has windows that look into the room below. Even though the house looks sensational in the film, the cinematic version does not do the work justice. The glass-enclosed tennis court is our favorite hidden gem—even if you’re a beginner, you’ll feel like queen of the world when playing on this turf.
IDEA TO STEAL: Curtain-free windows and large leather couches
Our favorite character in Woody Allen’s film Côte d’Azur might just be the picturesque set design. Anne Seibel, an Allen favorite, used her brilliant eye to create a world of magic and romance that transports the viewer to the French Riviera circa the 1920s. Velvet, silk, and embroidered pieces from collectors, fairs, markets, and vintage shops join together to make this set a textural delight.
IDEA TO STEAL: Layered silk bedding
Simple and relaxed yet utterly sophisticated, Meryl Streep’s flawless Santa Barbara bungalow is one of the stars of It’s Complicated. We take inspiration from the entire house—everything from the hanging copper cookware and linen-upholstered stools to the large, rustic dining table and inviting, fluffy couches is too good to be true.
IDEA TO STEAL: Linen upholstery and wicker basket storage
Lately, Netflix has been pretty fickle about Last Night’s availability. But we think the understated film should be a staple in your iTunes library. The film stars a young couple, played by Keira Knightly and Sam Worthington, who share a heavenly minimalist apartment in New York. We can’t help but press pause whenever the characters are in the bright, open kitchen.
IDEA TO STEAL: Minimalist kitchen
To say that Grace Kelly is stunning in Rear Window is a tremendous understatement. Her flawless wardrobe, impeccable posture, and regal face have made Alfred Hitchcock’s film a timeless fashion favorite. But we can’t get over the Greenwich Village apartment’s 1950s interior. Sophisticated but not too precious, the lived-in space is Hitchcockian perfection. We love the shoot Vogue produced as an homage to the unforgettable space.
IDEA TO STEAL: Lived-in vintage
Nancy Meyers’s films are the ultimate feel-good indulgence. Grounded by strong female characters like Meryl Streep in It’s Complicated and Diane Keaton in Something’s Gotta Give, Meyers always captures lived-in elegance. We love the eggshell cabinets and slate counters in Something’s Gotta Give’s kitchen.
IDEA TO STEAL: Eggshell cabinets and slate countertops
Natural wood floors, light walls, and dark wood accents frame the lofty hotel in The Shining. We love the woven Aztec rugs that define the various sitting areas throughout the set and the gothic chandeliers that line the high ceilings. All design and no crazy Jack make us want to move in!
IDEA TO STEAL: Woven rugs and gothic chandeliers
The bright, color-blocked set design for Volver is the definition of eye candy. With splashes of heavily saturated colors and pop art on the walls, the vivacious art deco interiors are as dramatic as Penélope Cruz’s character. Production designer Antxón Gómez looked to Paris-based modernist designer Eileen Gray. We haven’t loved primary colors this much since Piet Mondrian.
IDEA TO STEAL: Art deco style and pop art