Photo Gallery: Amazing Movie Interiors
Draw inspiration from our favourite films!
A team of amateur thieves believes Arthur Shaw, played by Alan Alda, has $20 million hidden in his posh penthouse. Tower Heist’s (2011) set decorator Diane Lederman researched the most luxurious penthouses in the world to learn what the wealthy were displaying in their homes, and followed suit with her choices here. Prized art, delicate textiles and statement furniture pieces elevate this loft to suit a millionaire’s style.
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In Twilight: New Moon (2009), Robert Pattinson’s character lives in this minimalist rural home, designed by architect Jeff Kovel. Located in Washington state, the home is lined with expansive windows that overlook dense forests. The extended kitchen island is both practical and sculptural, while wood floors offer warmth.
One Day (2011) takes viewers through enviable locales in Scotland, Paris and London. Above is Emma’s (Hathaway) rustic apartment in Paris’ trendy 11th arrondissement, where she spends time writing her first novel. We love the unfinished floors and two-toned walls and beams. Below, Emma and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) have a lovers’ quarrel in London’s Floridita restaurant.
Toronto International Film Festival front-liner Moneyball (2011) features a few interiors with mid-century modern looks, including this scene with the irresistible Brad Pitt on a Knoll-inspired sofa (above). The wood wall panelling and modern lamps complete the effect. Below, more casual sofas line the music store in a scene with his daughter.
Much of this summer’s top date movie, Midnight in Paris (2011), was filmed in Paris’ Le Bristol hotel. Stars like Angelina Jolie, George Clooney and Marilyn Monroe have also stayed in their luxurious suites. Director Woody Allen had actors Rachel McAdams and Owen Wilson contemplate their differences in a scene on this red toile-covered bed. Toile du Jouy is the hotel’s signature pattern, with each room decorated in the traditional fabric and 18th century-inspired furnishings. Below is one of their spacious bathrooms (another trademark) with marble-clad walls and countertops. For a more affordable touch of luxe, cover only one wall in marble.
We couldn’t help but notice the chic Manhattan apartments in the complex drama Last Night (2011). We absolutely love Joanna’s (Keira Knightley) contemporary kitchen, but you’ll have to see the movie for the full effect. Here she is sitting on the floor beside her stacked bookshelves. If your own shelves are too crowded, stack books neatly on the floor like the set decorator did here. Below, Joanna teeters on infidelity with never-quite-forgotten ex Alex (Guillaume Canet). Here the heavy, masculine furniture steals the scene, and check out the fragmented table in the foreground — gorgeous!
The King’s Speech (2010) won a few Oscars, and we think it’s also worthy of a set design mention. Director Tom Hooper met the challenge of creating a 1930s period piece, with interiors reflecting the grandeur and luxury of the royal palace at the time. These subdued olive green walls are the perfect backdrop to the gold moulding and elaborate sculptures. And nothing says British royalty like a gold and white tea set.
Lynda Reeves loves this kitchen from the set of Nancy Meyers’ film It’s Complicated (2009). Along with an unfinished wood dining table, there’s extra seating at the antique-looking island. The industrial pendant lights are similar to those used in H&H’s 2009 Princess Margaret Hospital Showhome kitchen, and add to the casual feel of the space. Open shelving below the island provides storage for pots, pans, and often-used items.
For more on Lynda’s favourite movie sets, read Lynda Reeves On Nancy Meyers’ Movies.
A Nancy Meyers’ rom-com, The Holiday (2006) boasts both romantic cottage style when Amanda (Cameron Diaz) travels to England, and a clean-lined California aesthetic when Iris (Kate Winslet) travels west. If you haven’t seen the movie already, you’ll fall in love with the quaint cottage Amanda stays in (above). Tiny, yes, but full of hard-to-find gems like this bronzed clawfoot tub and cosy stone walls. In Los Angeles, Iris wakes up in Amanda’s spacious bed, with a gorgeous lavender upholstered headboard.
Director Nancy Meyers hits the mark with the beautiful home in Something’s Gotta Give (2003). Lynda Reeves drew inspiration from this Hamptons home for the 2010 Princess Margaret Hospital lottery showhome. The kitchen — the scene for many arguments between Erica (Diane Keaton) and Harry (Jack Nicholson) — has crisp white Shaker cabinetry, a subway-tiled backsplash and an antique-looking faucet for a casual, laid-back look. In the dining room, shelving backed with beadboard is the perfect spot for Erica to display old trays and dishes, all in summery neutrals. And how about these slipcovers?! They dress up the dining room, while staying true to the soft palette of the space.
An engaging documentary about one of the largest newspapers in the world, Page One (2011) provides a glimpse of the New York offices where it all happens. In a open-concept space with mostly white walls, a contemporary red staircase really stands out.
A film set in rural Norway, Anne Sewitsky’s Happy, Happy (2011 Sundance winner) is a moving film about living in isolation, geographically and emotionally. The sets are cosy and inviting, and we love the wall panels that reach all the way up to the ceiling, creating a cottage feel. Woven blinds and lamps placed around the room add even more warmth.
Director Lisa Cholodenko depicts a casual west-coast household in The Kids Are All Right (2010). An inviting sofa in a soft neutral sets the scene for many an honest conversation, and the floral throw pillows reveal some of the characters’ sense of style. Below, an awkward welcome takes place in their bright entryway with white wainscotting and warm, almost beachy walls.