Watching movies is a mesmerizing experience. There are a number of things that can make each film worth watching. It can be that well-written story, the characters, and their emotions, or for some, it's the simple visual pleasure of seeing beautiful, classic interior designs.
Here are five movies that prove that interior design can help create the adventures that we picture in our minds –
The Great Gatsby: Art Deco Style
The film adaptation of the novel The Great Gatsby was a real visual delight. Leonardo Di Caprio played the role of the millionaire Jay Gatsby who lives next door to Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire). Before long, Nick is drawn to the mesmerizing world of the wealthiest people in his neighborhood as he also becomes a witness to their deceitful acts and the illusions of love and dreams. The audience, on the other hand, is drawn to the luscious interior design that they were witnessing right before their eyes.
Artists are fully aware that the term art deco came from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs Industriels et Modernes in 1925, held in Paris, France. French artists then collaborated to come up with the show. Emile Decour, Hector Guimard, Eugene Grasset, Paul Follot, Raoul Lachenal, and Maurice Dufrene were previously into Art Nouveau before they came up with the new show. Art deco was not that popular till Bevis Hillier, an art historian and critic, mentioned it in her book entitled Art Deco of the 20s and 30s in 1968.
Enough with art deco history; of course you would want to know how you can set up this lovely decorative theme in your home.
The use of new building materials that were altered to other styles is what separated art deco from Art Nouveau.
Art Deco Style Features and Materials
Art Deco architecture showed scientific progress, technology, speed, and the rise of commerce.
Combine these revolutionary characteristics with opulent, modern style and what you have is art deco in its purest form. To further picture what this style is all about, try to visualize the lavish interiors and architecture of cinemas, U.S. train stations, and ocean liners like the Queen Mary. The simplicity of their designs is what made them endure even the Great Depression. This only means that your choice is a design that is timeless.
Art deco structure is fundamentally about geometric shapes from the Greco-Roman Classicism. You can also find the multi-faceted architecture of Assyria, Babylon, Aztec Mexico, and Ancient Egypt. Think of monumental structures and skyscrapers, music halls, find trapezoids, triangles, zigzags, sweeping curves, and chevron patterns.
It is also not surprising to find new materials like stainless steel, aluminum, plastics, inlaid wood, and lacquer. You can find these new materials fused with horn, molded glass, ivory, and exotic stuff like zebra or sharkskin.
Art Deco Applications
Art deco is commonly seen in poster art, jewelry textiles, fashion, furniture, architecture, and interior design. This style is also applied in graphics and painting.
Art deco style is now adopted by so many architects all over the world ranging from Australia, Romania, Argentina, India, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Cuba, to Spain. American art deco is evident in structures such as the Chrysler Building, News Building, Rockefeller Center, The Empire State Building, and the Chanin Building.
If you love the reappearance of art deco in interiors, then you are not alone. Many homeowners now embrace this style by using bold, geometric patterns. Curvilinear and rectilinear forms are also iconic forms used in art deco interiors. These can make any room come alive almost instantly.
Travel and tourism were quite popular in the 1930s, hence, the addition of African safaris and other exotic finishes to art deco was inevitable. So go ahead and use shiny fabrics, glass, mirrors, and metallic paints in your home. You may also redesign your home with the Hooker Furniture Living Room Sanctuary Debutant Wing Chair with a zebra-print decorative pillow.
And what is art deco without artwork and sculptures? As the name of this style suggests, you should showcase the arts and the world of entertainment. Use sculptural lamps, the boldest oil paintings that you can find, and ornate bedroom furniture. Detailed furniture will surely bring in the art deco elements that you need for your home.
Using the term bold is surely an understatement when talking about the high contrast colors used in art deco. In your kitchen or bathroom, use finishes and tiles that revive the artistic vibe. Monochromatic black combined with white, deep brown, or bright reds will surely look gorgeous.
Bring in some high gloss porcelain and ceramic tiles, bold fabrics, to finish off with a dramatic art deco flair.
Little Women: Colonial Interior Design
Louisa May Alcott's Little Women had a 2019 film adaptation with the same title. In a nutshell, we follow the life of Jo March who made a living as a writer in the years following the Civil War while Amy, her sister, lives in Paris to study painting. Meg, eldest among the brood, is married to a teacher while Beth contracts an illness that finally brings the whole family together.
Colonial interiors take center stage in this film as is characterized by the gleaming wooden floors, entrance halls, basic wall paint, and different color palettes and patterns of wallpaper. We also see a bit of wainscotting and millwork. You can see most of these elements in this dining room setting in the film.
This style was quite popular throughout the 20th century this is why we see a fusion of traditional and modern elements. Americans have long chosen styles from the most beautiful European designs. An example of this is the Dutch Colonial that was used to design many public buildings during the late 19th century.
The traditional American Colonial look during this era was already considered old fashioned but the homeowners wanted to hold on to their traditional concepts and patriotism, both infused in their habitats' themes.
If you want to convert your home to the timeless colonial style, there are two ways that you can make the conversion. You could either stick to tradition and establish a rustic theme by investing in traditional furniture or take the opulent approach that is the look in many grand homes during the colonial era.
Shades of gray and ivory were popular, the use of woodwork, and since it was expected of women to spend their spare time in accessorizing their homes, therefore, there were beautiful embroideries on slipcovers, traditional hand patterned quilts, and rag rugs.
The farmhouse-style accessories inside a tiny colonial home were quite common including ladder back chairs, blanket chests, and decorated fireplace mantels. You can emulate the look in your home by displaying quilts and other handicrafts, crocheted items, or knitted stuff. You can also design with simple drapes which are also strong features of the early American Colonial style.
Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky
This movie shows us the passionate affair between Coco Chanel and Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. The interior design of this movie showed a lot of French touches and a sea of black and white.
Elegance is the first word that would come to anyone’s mind when the French interior design is mentioned. Whether you’re thinking about French clothing, food, wine, or their interior design, there simply isn’t anything bad to say. French interior design, in particular, effortlessly combines both the traditional and contemporary ways of design principles.
A scene from Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky from Wikimedia Commons.
Coco Chanel, born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, was a French designer who epitomized style. Mimicking her style is saying 'yes' to casual chic.
The French Personality
French interior design is sophisticated, daring yet chic. It can also be quirky as well as personal. If you would travel anywhere in France and would take the time to look inside French homes, you would notice that no two homes look or even feel alike. Their confident vision in terms of designs is the key to getting away with the one-of-a-kind flair.
So, are there any rules in going French this summer season? At first glance, you may think that there aren’t any. The truth is, French interior design also has some do’s and don’ts.
The French Do’s
- Use basic, natural fabrics such as cotton, linen, and cheesecloth.
- A bare wall is fine. If you want to leave it completely bare, then that’s even better.
- Embrace the principles of unconventional living. Pair the clean, crisp lines with anything that’s baroque or something that’s curvy.
- Look up. Take note that the ceiling is a crucial part of every French home in terms of design. So, take the time to plan how you will make this architectural part of your home a visual delight.
- Remember that French people go beyond being flat. So, if you’re planning to paint the ceiling white, then make sure that you’re going to use an interesting shade, not one that’s dull or flat.
- Say yes to anything shiny or gilded for your décor.
Black and White as a French Clown
If you've seen a French clown before, then you know that it struts around in two colors - black and white.
When you see the color black, what does it make you feel? Since black absorbs all colors in the spectrum, it is dark and has a tendency to be foreboding. This is often the color used on villains like witches and vampires because it seems to evoke menacing feelings. In Ancient Egypt, though, this color was used to represent life, even rebirth.
Black may come with not-so-great meanings but your reaction to it may differ. In fact, in the interior design industry, it is perceived to be elegant and classy. This color can fit in almost any concept of design. It can also add contrast or it can make other hues stand out.
Black also evokes a feeling of mystery, in color psychology, it is even known to protect from emotional stress.
White, on the other hand, is the absence of all colors. It symbolized innocence, purity, and integrity. High priests, back in the day, wore this color to perform sacred rituals. Today, it is still a major color when it comes to marriage ceremonies as it invokes feelings of spotlessness, even godliness.
White represents perfection. It also leaves you free to do whatever you would do creatively with it. White is impartial or neutral towards anything. In the world of interior design, it brings out a person’s simplicity, sophistication, individualism, and cleanliness.
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Minimalist rooms often feature one or both colors. When combined, they create a powerful contrast that becomes the canvas to a spectacular show of architectural features and fine furniture pieces.
Black and white artwork, framed photographs and accessories are all versatile and elegant. It is the simplicity of these two colors and their neutrality that makes them harmonize and create a unique interior design.
- Use black and white decor or home accents such as wall artworks and lamps.
- The beauty of black and white can also emphasize the elegance of the most beautiful architectural features of your home. These colors can also highlight furniture and other unique design ideas.
- An accent wall in pure black is a statement that you are daring.
- Minimalist styling with black and white will also blend with wood textures and bright accents.
- Use huge mirrors to reflect the beauty of black and white decor as well as lighting fixtures.
Black and white design involve the use of correct color shades, furniture, and other luxury interior design elements. You can experiment with any neutral color and allow it to enhance the modernity of your interiors. Personalize your home by pairing the black and white duo with another color accent.
Monochrome also has an enduring appeal that will surely captivate the beholder. If you are crazy over this color scheme then check out our mammoth collection of black and white pieces soon – start investing for your monochrome heaven soon!
Call Me By Your Name: Italian Interior Design
Two words for this film – Italian villa.
While the message of Call Me by Your Name centers on defining relationships and reaching out to others to nourish oneself, what really captures the eyes are the Italian villa and its classy interiors.
Italians are people who are known for their flamboyance. They are also one of the most stylish folks in the entire world. The Italian way of life is a dream for a lot of people. It means driving posh cars, wearing stylish clothing, and speaking the fancy accent. And what is the Italian lifestyle without tomato-based cuisine? If you want to bring in this way of life into your interior design, then you’re one of the few who has impeccable taste.
Italian Spells Beauty
Back in the 1950s, a group of businessmen and daring designers invested in design. Their group’s mission was to make objects that are not just functional but also beautiful. Of course, beauty takes different forms but the Italians thought that jewels can be hidden in most Italian designs.
A simple corkscrew, for instance, can serve as a decorative element inside an Italian kitchen. Even when it is made of plastic and metal, this thing can be the perfect companion to a baroque chandelier made of blown glass.
The Heart of Your Home
This saying means more among Italians as the kitchen is the place where they gather and socialize. Italian life happens inside the kitchen where people also cook, talk, and basically just relax in the company of friends and relatives. The kitchen is also the place to be when you are feeling ill and would want to sip a warm bowl of chicken broth. This is also the place where you could sip coffee every morning as everyone else is busy prepping for their early meal.
Since most socialization happens inside the kitchen or an adjacent dining area, then you have to carefully choose the dining table and chairs.
Put more emphasis on finding the correct set of chairs. In Italy, people do not focus too much on buying expensive chairs. What they just want to accomplish is that – at the end of the day – the entire family sits together around the table while enjoying a marvelous meal.
A simple wicker chair that was handcrafted by master artisans would surely look great inside an Italian-inspired home.
Highlighting the Coffee Break
Having a shot of espresso is also an Italian way of life. Since this is so, make sure that you invest in a decent coffeemaker so you can enjoy a cup of this arousing drink in the morning. Your morning coffee-drinking ritual becomes more stylish as you place an espresso maker in the dining or kitchen area.
The coffee machine had its first prototype in the year 1933 though it became renowned after the Second World War.
The Italian way of life is also about celebrations. See if you can still find the white-and-gold plate that is reminiscent of the 1930s festive living. It was an elegant piece that distinguishes the festive days from everyday meals. This plate is no longer being produced but see if you can hunt some in flea markets or if you can have them customized.
Get some stylish dishware but be sure to stay within the boundaries of relaxed chic.
Italian Means Family-Centeredness
You know how the saying goes that it takes a village to raise a child, right? Well in an Italian home, all it takes is just one large, closely-knit family. These people also believe that the family is the very pillar that anchors the beauty of their designs. The design – whether it be architectural or fashion in nature – tells a story about families.
The Italians are also known for their warm smile. This is something that they share with every family member and people in their community. The Italian smile should also reflect in the furniture and accessories placed inside a home. Fascination is a huge part of Italian interior design. So go ahead and place a mixture of the familiar and strange inside your home. Experiment while staying grounded. Put in surprise elements such as placing a fishing rod in the middle of the kitchen!
The possibilities are endless.
The Graduate: Modern Interior Design
This movie follows the story of Benjamin Braddock who just finished college and it is now wondering what he will do with his life. The love triangle that is featured in this film is beautifully framed by its modern interior design.
Modern design embodies a lot of things which is why it may be difficult to define at times. In its most fundamental form, modern design in homes is the reflection of modernism in art. There are different characteristics to consider here so find out which ones you can use to alter the look of your home –
Straight and Clear Is the Way to Go
Modern design is a form of rebellion. Modernism was the world saying no to ornate art, homes, and furniture pieces. Just imagine the flourishing designs of the past – Gothic, Victorian, and Renaissance – and you would realize the huge difference and design leap that modern artists had to take.
Modernism is the antithesis of these luxurious designs. It said no to heavy textures, wood tones, and carvings. Modern design, therefore, shapes the look of a home with the use of straight and clear lines only. No additional details are added.
Modernism is a bit different from contemporary style because the latter makes use of sweeping and curvy lines. Modern pieces are sharper and crisper to look at.
There are sub-styles that can be categorized under the major style that is modernism. Furnishings from Art Deco, Shaker, and Mission Styles will work inside a modern home.
Choose from any of these styles or you can just have spare furnishings become the crucial piece of your interior design. Furnishings can be paired with oversized tiles, sanded wooden floors with minimized grain, open floor layout, molding, and trimming on walls, doors, and windows.
Mimic this look with the Flexsteel Sonora Sofa below -
Yes to Metal
Stainless steel and chrome are the main metals of modern design. Say no, though, to traditional metals such as wrought iron. Be sure to open up your space to polished metals especially on table legs and other exposed parts of chair frames.
You can take your metallic look further by having chrome used on doorknobs, faucets, lamps, cabinet handles, and railings. Polished chrome that shows a polished surface with a slightly blue undertone is the perfect metal to use.
Minimalism Is Modern
What other styles can be categorized as modern? The minimalist interior design plays a huge role in modern as well as modern-contemporary styles. The fundamentals of minimalism focus on less is more, meaning, the fewer details that are included, the more that the elements can be used in a modern setting.
Minimalist habitats may appear cold but they are actually more comfortable than they actually are.
Minimalism also means having less to zero clutter. The absence of clutter means not having a lot of accessories that do not really matter. So say no to pottery, knickknacks, and other bulky collections.
If you have electronics, books, and other keepsakes that you cannot impart with, then you better find a storage space for all of them. This is the way to go with modern interiors.
Go Bold with Colors
A lot of homes that are considered modern use black and white or a fusion of several neutral colors. You can break away from this usual definition by using primary colors in your space. Use these in accents, they should be able to break apart the neutrals that have been previously used. These colorful accents could also easily become focal points where visitors’ gaze could default to.
To use bold colors in a modern home, you could include any of the following –
- Wall art in abstract form
- A single furniture piece in a bold color such as an orange sofa or a red plastic chair
- Bright-colored throws
- An accent wall
- An interesting area rug
Remember that modern design is a huge part of a much bigger movement that is known as modernism. This dates back all the way to the 19th century so there are many choices to look into including abstract expressionism, cubism, Bauhaus, Neo-Dada, futurism, etc.
You can also consider using accent metallics, for example, donning the living room with a silver upholstery if you have a tuxedo-hued sofa. This could be paired with a gold coffee table or a stylish console in the same gold tone.
Always remember that warm tones such as gold or brass offer a pop of color as well as texture. The cool metals, on the other hand, such as chrome and silver, are there to frame that palpable texture. Don’t get into the vibe of matching finishes. A lot of people have been fooled into thinking that coordinating the finishes in their home will render a coordinated look but, on the contrary, it creates a linear, monochromatic look.
Choose the Dominant Metal
Here’s a tip in mixing warm with cool metallics – always pick a dominant metal. If you fail to do this, then you would be left with a very confusing space. So for your own sanity, find a prominent metal then unify the rest of the design elements using this tone.
If the kitchen hardware is all copper, then you can accentuate with bronze to add some more to the warm glow which the copper already staged.
The more modern kitchens need a lot of stainless steel sinks, chandeliers, and such. Finding a vintage looking gold or silver piece as a charm can also add to the texture of the room.
Always Consider the Color Palette
While you are encouraged to mix and match, it is also crucial that you always have your color palette in mind. More often than not, people use warm metals also with warm hues such as yellows, reds, and browns. The cool metals they decide to pair with violet, green or blue. Go with these tested sets.
If you happen to have a neutral room to decorate, then add texture and warmth above all. If you are already using some gray tones then a gold mirror should be able to breathe life into the room.
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