Since the holiday season is almost upon us, what better way to spend some quality time with your friends and family than curled up in front of a big TV screen, watching some all-time favorite movie classics?
Some movies found their way into our hearts thanks to their gripping story, others simply made us laugh and forget about our current troubles, but there is one thing that ties all of these movies together – the amazing interiors showcased in all of them. So, the next time you sit down to watch your favorite movie, pay a bit of extra attention to the interior design of the main character’s home or office, and we guarantee that you’ll get inspired to make a few alterations and touch-ups to your own home’s interior.
The Shining (1980)
Starting off this list with a favorite horror classic, The Shining, is best known for its captivating story, excellent cast and the most amazing retro interior design. Hicks’ hexagon carpet that’s one of the most memorable pieces from the film became so popular that you can now find begging, duvet covers, shower curtains, wallpaper and even lampshades featuring this memorable pattern. Another favorite from the film, the Overlook Hotel’s infamous maze is now being featured on various decor pieces such as throw blankets, throw pillow cases and even area rugs. Therefore, if you’re a super fan of this horror classic, you can now implement some of its most memorable decor patterns in your interior design.
The Addams Family Values (1993)
Moving on to a seemingly similar but actually entirely different setting, The Addams Family Values, is one of many generations’ favorite Thanksgiving move – number 10 on Rotten Tomatoes’ “The 20 Best Thanksgiving Movies of All Time” list. Aside from some tasteful dark humor, intriguing storyline and the biggest romance filmography has ever seen (Morticia and Gomez are goals and you know it), this classic features the beautiful – and maybe a bit haunted – Addams Family mansion.
With numerous rooms (somewhere between 25 and 35) decorated in mostly vintage Victorian fashion, the mansion became almost a character itself. Aside from all the spooky elements, there are definitely some breathtaking statement pieces such as the elaborate chandelier in the entrance hall, lavishing fireplaces in various rooms and tall pillar candles scattered throughout the home many of us would like to have in our own homes. So, if you wish to recreate this vibe in your home, visit flea markets and second-hand home depots to find various vintage decor pieces and add some tall scented candles wherever you can to truly set the mood.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Even though some will argue that this is not a movie, but rather a cartoon, many people found inspiration in this Tim Burton’s Christmas (or Halloween?) classic when decorating their interiors. While it is true that the majority of this movie’s storyline is set outdoors, which means that there are not a lot of interiors you can draw inspiration from, the overall color scheme and commonly featured shapes are enough to inspire anyone to create an amazing minimalist, monochromatic interior. Of course, the interior design inspired by this classic can only be described as bold, which means that is not best suited for the faint of heart.
However, if you find this aesthetic appealing, create a striped statement wall (ghoulish green and light gray are a perfect choice), add an oversized – but quirky – black sofa with muted dark red and purple throw pillows and top the design off with a soft, charcoal gray area rug. Additionally, make sure you avoid furniture with straight lines and edges and rather opt for oddly-shaped wrought iron furniture pieces. Additionally, keep in mind that such an interior requires very little decor pieces as the design is already gripping enough.
Home Alone 1 (1990)
Finally, when talking about the holiday classics, we must not forget about Kevin – as his family sure did. Jokes aside, we can all but wonder what Kevin’s dad does for a living to be able to afford to live in such a mansion. If we had to choose one word to describe the McCallister family home, it would be breathtaking. The interior of this beautiful home is designed with a big family’s needs in mind, featuring a big living room with ample seating space and a huge dining room with a spacious table enough for eight people. While there are definitely people who might consider this design to be a bit dated, if retro-homey is your thing, don’t shy away from embracing it in your home as well.
Of course, there are a lot of other movies full of amazing interiors you can easily draw inspiration from, or even try to recreate entirely in your home. So, the next time you wish to get some redecorating done, sit down and watch your favorite movie first. Who knows? It might just inspire you to take your home’s interior and elevate it to a completely new level.
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Cooper Klein is an entrepreneur with a degree in Marketing, based in Sydney. He’s interested in business, real estate, sports, as well as the latest tech trends. In order to spend more time with his amazing family and sci-fi books, Cooper decided to take a break, and he’s currently working from home as a blogger and a business consultant.