If you've read the book, you know The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a tender look at the life of teenage misfits living in Pittsburgh in the 90s. If you've seen the movie, you may have noticed the excellent set design. Turns out, it wasn't all inflatable chairs, flannel and bad haircuts.
Perks features some truly hip teenagers, so it's no surprise their rooms are pretty cool too. The story takes place pre-laptop computers and discmen - so mixtapes are common both in the story line and the set design. I've always loved the idea of giving old tech new love in your home and who doesn't remember their first mixtape from their first girlfriend or boyfriend?
Vintage tech isn't always practical, but I guarantee it's a conversation starter every time. A vintage typewriter adds of touch of whimsy to any desk.
Of course, this wouldn't be a story about teenage angst if there weren't string lights hanging from the ceiling and band posters on the wall. The Beatles and the Strokes are critical to the Perks soundtrack and storyline, but any classic band will do when choosing posters. Frame them for a more sophisticated look and don't forget the candles for a little extra mood lighting.
I have a soft spot in my heart for Polaroids and apparently, so does Perks protagonist Charlie. The wall right above his desk features a cute collection, which you could easily replicate. The best part of this old technology? For now, you can still buy it.
Here's your shopping list based on the collage above :
- String lights
- Vintage Typewriter
- Framed Beatles Print
- The Smiths Poster
- Leatherbound Classic Books
- Colorful Push Pins
(Images: products - as listed above, movie stills - Summit Entertainment)