10 Period Films with Fantastic Decor

10 Period Films with Fantastic Decor

Sarah Coffey
Dec 17, 2009

There's nothing we love more on a cold night than hanging out on the couch and watching a good movie. As design lovers, we're even happier if it's a movie with intriguing decor. We're on a period film kick right now, so we've rounded up a few of our favorite interiors, from candlelit ballrooms to English libraries and country estates.


  • Marie Antoinette: The set design from Sophia Coppola's 2006 film may not be 100% historically accurate, but it's pretty incredible all the same.

  • Far from Heaven: The sets from Todd Haynes' 2002 film are saturated in color and full of great mid-century furnishings.

  • The Age of Innocence: Martin Scorsese's 1993 film skips the gritty style of Mean Streets or Taxi Driver in favor of old New York elegance.

  • Pride and Prejudice: The BBC's 1996 version of Pride and Prejudice is actually a mini-series, not a film, but it's our favorite (and we think the best designed) adaptation of Austen's classic novel. It also marked the beginning of Colin Firth's career as Darcy-ish characters.

  • Atonement: The 2008 adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel is set in an old English mansion, with an incredible library that's a gorgeous backdrop for a steamy scene.


  • The English Patient: We love the North African screens in the background of this shot from the 1996 movie set during WWII.

  • Barry Lyndon: Stanley Kubrick's 1975 film was the first shot in nearly complete natural light, which makes the evening candlelit scenes even more incredible.

  • Gosford Park: Robert Altman's 2001 film contrasts an aristocratic dinner party upstairs with the servants' quarters downstairs.

  • Out of Africa: Sydney Pollack's 1985 film showcases the best of safari-style décor.

  • A Room with a View: The name of this 1985 film pretty much says it all. Edwardian interiors and views of Florence make this movie a visual feast.

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