Movies allow us to peer into other peoples' lives and, even better, their homes. And not just any dwelling but premiere living spaces as imagined and executed by top set designers and creative directors. True, Auntie Mame's Danish Modern living room (pictured), replete with hydraulic lifting couches, is a bit over the top. But it, and other classic movies, offers us exquisite snapshots of timeless design principles of color, texture and composition as well as a history of how those principles have evolved over the decades. So in honor of the Oscars, PointClickHome.com brings you some classic movie interiors from the 1930s through the 1970s that offer contemporary design inspiration.
1933, Dinner at Eight, Jean Harlow's bedroom
Art Direction: Hobe Erwin and Fred Hope
The art deco interiors of this pre-code MGM comedy gave America a glimpse into how the wealthy dealt with the loss of money and power at the height of the Great Depression. Here Jean Harlow luxuriates in her wedding cake of a bedroom. The lush shag carpet, plumed bedposts and ruched drapes demonstrate great use of texture and scale. The unifying power of white ties it all together for total glamour.
1941, Citizen Kane, Dorothy Comingore's bedroom
Set Decoration: Darrell Silvera
Charles Foster Kane, a character loosely based on William Randolph Hearst, lived lavishly and had the castle to prove it. The film is filled with larger-than-life interiors but here, in even one of the more "informal" spaces, the fabric work is anything but relaxed. Curtains envelope the entire room!
1961, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Patricia Neal's apartment
Set Decoration: Sam Comer and Ray Moyer
Much of Blake Edwards's adaptation of Truman Capote's sensational novella was considered cutting edge stylistically, especially Audrey Hepburn's minimalist apartment done in mod plastic Italian furniture. But even in this interior, as Patricia Neal reposes in livable luxury, the classical is elevated into the contemporary. The play of high gloss floors against matte carpet and textured drapes lend a modern feel to the traditional seating.
1971, Diamonds Are Forever, the Elrod residence
Set Decoration: John P. Austin and Peter Lamont
Seventies style was not lost in the seventh film in the James Bond franchise-especially when a critical scene was filmed in John Lautner's space-like Elrod residence. Here, minimal decoration makes maximum impact; the spare arrangement elevates the key sculptural furniture pieces into art.
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