Just Like in the Movies: Decor Inspiration from Film


It's not unusual to find decor inspiration from cinema. Our breakfast nook sometimes reminds me of 2001: A Space Odyssey with our red chandelier and white tulip table. I didn't choose the color theme with 2001 specifically in mind, but I suspect it was an unconscious influence. If pressed, I'd have to say the three movies that have inspired me the most are 2001, Dr. No, and The Thin Man. Seriously. Shown above and directly below, 2001 is a visually stunning film with images that have really stuck with me, particularly the minimalist, uncluttered environments, intentional use of limited color, and strange juxtapositions (like an astronaut in a traditionally furnished bedroom).



Dr. No is all about the scenes of Miss Taro's place in Jamaica. I know, it's a James Bond film, but Taro's bamboo walls, Asian-style furnishings, and darling vanity table almost stole the movie. I have an appreciation for mid-century Polynesian style and this has the whole look down.




Finally, The Thin Man with Myrna Loy and William Powell (and Asta!); one of my all-time favorite movies, and not just for the decor. I love the use of white/negative space in the sets—every wall isn't covered with art, there are always fresh flowers somewhere in the room, and they have the best barware and accessories. Definitely inspiring.





screen captures from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Dr. No (1962), The Thin Man (1934)
posted by Rachel