We LOVE Estelle. Glam, fashionable and very modern, she seems to be channeling some glorious golden age of disco singer in both sound and look. The interiors in the video for American Boy are definitely worth a look for the new way to do b&w...
...traditional with a twist.
The sofa featured in the video is uber-traditional, ornate, over-the-top frilly but because it is done up all in white, it stays modern and fresh looking.
To set set off the sofa, the wall decor is simply a single (totally gutsy if it was in your apartment) black splash of glossy paint. Obviously thrown and allowed to splatter and run, this is NOT a safe look but one that really works - even outside the confines of the music video world. The juxtaposition between the glam perfection of the sofa and the punk aesthetic of the wall "art" is what makes both the furniture and paint job work.
Later in the video, there is a glimpse of a floral wall paper, black on white in a large scale repeat. It is pretty and slightly retro. This screen shot is also about the contrasts and textures that would be interesting in a chic apartment as well - the flat pattern of the wallpaper with the shiny leather banquette and the even shinier satin of the jacket on the guy.
As the song winds down, Estelle appears in front of a very traditional wallpaper and uplostery motif, a baroque black and white pattern.
As the camera pulls back, we see that it is presented in a very modern way, a single stripe of pattern on a white wall, creating a graphic statement, especially with the round rug. This would work in an entryway or anywhere you needed to add a strong visual on a budget (one roll will do!).
...and find out more about Estelle right here.