My Favorite Colorful Homes From Movies

My Favorite Colorful Homes From Movies

Kim R. McCormick
Oct 28, 2010

I have to assume that you, as readers of Apartment Therapy, watch movies with an eye on design. Here are some films (a few of them personal favorites) that pay special attention to style and color in the home.

1. Simply put, Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai makes beautiful movies. In the Mood for Love (2000) is my favorite and no exception. The actors and their clothes are impeccable, and the interiors are colorful and clever. The "wallpaper" in the first image is Marimekko's "Appelsiini" fabric.

2. Any talk of colorful interiors in movies has to include Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964). Not only are the eponymous parapluies candy-colored, but almost every wall is vibrant pink, blue, or orange. Director Jacques Demy's incorporation of boldly colored wallpaper is pretty much unparalleled.

3. Pedro Almodóvar pays great attention to his female characters and his interiors, both of which tend to be colorful. All About My Mother (1999) is no exception.

4. Wes Anderson's films are never short on style. I've already offered to move into Margot's zebra-ed bedroom in the Royal Tenenbaums (2001).

5. In high school I was pretty obsessed with the BBC's 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (technically a miniseries). If you can see past Mr. Darcy, you'll notice how the elegant interiors feature wallpaper and the color green.

6. A movie starring Jason Segel would not seem like a source of design inspiration, but the main female character in I Love You, Man (2009) has great style that permeates her home and shop.

7. While a club isn't exactly a house, the titular cabaret in Moulin Rouge! (2001) functions as a home for Nicole Kidman's character. Appropriately, it is mostly red.

8. It has been a long time since I watched The King and I (1956), but check out that marigold palace!

Images via: 1. 2. Jonathan Rosenbaum 3. 4. Glimpse of Glamour 5. Longbourn 6. IMDB 7. IMDB 8.

ColorTherapy in Film: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

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