Not planning on moving but want to make your home feel like new? Consider revamping a room in your house in a new style. Movie buffs like yourself might get a kick out of decorating a room by taking a design cue from some of the flicks that have won Academy Awards.
How fun would it be, after all, to give guests a tour of your home and introduce your living room as the Ben-Hur room? To get a true sense of the look, you might need to invest more money into it, but often just a change of home accessories and a splash of paint can be enough to create the feel of a certain film. We rounded up some of our top movies you can use as your inspiration.
Don't worry. We're not suggesting you make your home look like a slum but to look to India to create an exotic, colourful ambiance. This theme would work well in a dining room or a bedroom (perhaps a young girl's). Think rich, vivid colours for the walls — purple, pink or red are ideal. Accessories should be embellished and incorporate gold — ornate gold chargers for table settings in your dining room or a gold leaf jewellery box on the dresser. Visit Little India in your city to get a pretty sari to use as a wall hanging or as fabric for your window finishings.
Look to Ancient Rome, where this film is set, for a rich, opulent look for your bedroom or living room. Many condos in major cities often feature columns for support; transform these pillars into Roman columns by painting them to look so. Your colour palette should largely be neutral beiges, and incorporate natural stone elements, such as in the surface of your coffee table or in the figurines used to decorate the space. On your beige walls, add interest with some paintings of the countryside or of the gods.
Look to this charming animated film to inspire a professional-style kitchen in your home. Opt for sleek appliances (think gas range and stainless steel finishes). Utensils and copper pots and pans should be displayed prettily and handily; hang them from the walls and from the ceiling. Such ingredients as spices and herbs must be easily accessible as well (but in airtight containers, unless you want to attract a real mouse or two!). Best of all, this is not a sparse, minimalist look but rather one that is used and lived in, so you don't have to fuss about everything being in its place.
Look to the Moroccan city this movie is named for to create an exotic yet thoroughly modern look for almost any room in your home. The Moroccan theme is a bit on the boho-chic end of the spectrum. If you have a small apartment — one that has no space for a dining room table — go with Moroccan poufs and pillows to create seating around your coffee table. Further develop the look with Moroccan lighting fixtures that disperse light into pretty patterns on your ceiling (hello, instant ambiance!). Detailed gold plates and glasses and a throw blanket in an intricate knit pattern (such as ikat) will help complete the look.
A handsome nautical theme would be best suited for a den, home office or even a boy's bedroom. Think whites, navy blues and lots of wood. Wainscotting should be in a polished dark wood, and soft finishes, such as blankets or curtains, should be white or blue — or both (stripes are a key component of the nautical style). When it comes to accessories, the ideas are endless: Frame photos of black-and-white ships for the walls, place a ship in a bottle on the bookshelf, add a throw pillow with an anchor on it to a brown leather armchair or hang an oar or a compass on the wall.
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