Spending more time at home has turned our attention to the spaces inside our house. We now see areas that need an overhaul. We’ve all been bitten by the interior designer bug at least once this pandemic thanks to Pinterest and Facebook groups like Home Buddies.
You can always choose the (safe) routes of cottagecore or Scandinavian minimalism (current crowd favourites), or your house can assume the identity of popular movie sets (it can be done!). Here’s a list of familiar movie interiors, to inspire your redesign project:
- A Single Man (2009)
‘A Single Man’ is a movie directed by the iconic fashion designer Tom Ford that tells the story of a professor mourning the loss of his partner. In this movie, Tom Ford combined his passion for architecture and fashion through thematic costume and art direction. The house featured here is airy and spacious, but is also filled with lots of design details—a nice concept for artists and designers who want the space, but also want visual inspiration anywhere they look.
- Call Me By Your Name (2017)
‘Call Me By Your Name’ is a sensual and transcendent tale of first love based on the novel by Andre Aciman. Shot mostly in Italy, you’ll get a glimpse of the dreamy northern Italian scenes and the grand interiors of 17th century villas paired with coveted vintage pieces. For people in touch with nostalgia, this design may be a good jump off point. It’s classic retro, if there ever was one.
Fun fact: The Italian villa was put on sale in 2018 and even the ‘Call Me By Your Name’ director himself, Luca Guadagnino, considered buying the dreamy and beautiful place.
- Under The Tuscan Sun (2003)
A romantic-comedy movie starring the beautiful Diane Lane, ‘Under The Tuscan Sun’ is about a divorcee who has lost her will to live again, until she accidentally goes on a trip to Tuscany, Italy and impulsively decides to buy and remodel an old Italian villa. The house featured here has all the trappings of a cozy abode in a perpetually-spring location—it might not be for everyone here, but if you live in places like Baguio or Tagaytay, it might work.
- American Psycho (2000)
Long before he played Bruce Wayne’s character, Christian Bale starred in ‘American Psycho’ as a violent killer who might or might not have massive obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Bale’s apartment in this movie is a killer, too. LOL. If you want a minimalist peg for your place, you can check out the set in this movie—block monochrome colours, open spaces, natural light. Just please, pick up only on the minimalism. Leave all the murdering to Christian Bale.
- Big Eyes (2014)
Mid-century modern homes are making a comeback and if you are into that then ‘Big Eyes’ is a must watch. The movie is about the life of American artist Margaret Keane, who is famous for painting portraits of people with big eyes. With the movies’ vibrant color, the stunning mid-century modern house really gives you that 1950s feel.
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Stanley Kubrik’s attention to detail and meticulousness in this movie were exceptional and legendary. Space age was a thing during the 1960s and his take on “2001” was too authentic and on point. If you are into subdued futurism (you know–futuristic design minus all the shiny metals and matte black coatings), this could be a good peg.
- The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
The four-story home in this Wes Anderson’s movie is adorned with a rich palette, with each room creating a completely different aesthetic. From classic deep reds to Margot’s pink princess phone, the set will surely inspire people with a taste for vibrant colours. There’s a lot happening in every design, so again, it might be better off for people with minds that work 24/7.
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