Iconic living rooms from film and TV often become as recognisable as the characters themselves. Think of Monica without her white sofa or Holly Golightly without her bathtub chaise. These rooms beautifully reflect the characters who live in them and their unique designs make for great inspiration.
Here’s a few of our favourite picks:
The Gryffindor Common Room
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Each Hogwarts house has its own unique look, but no common room features more prominently than Gryffindor’s. Both in the book and the films, the feeling is the same: Warm, homely and traditional. Dark wooden furniture and warm-coloured fabrics do the job beautifully and if you appreciate accuracy, let a chesterfield take centre stage. Decorate with the red and gold of the Gryffindor shield and add a few candles for that cosy Hogwarts feel.
Downton Abbey’s Drawing Room
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The Downton Abbey drawing room is bursting with British opulence and aristocracy. With light toneson the walls and ceiling, off-set with gold and dark wood, it’s a luxurious room made for entertaining. Take inspiration from the colour scheme with light, neutral furniture and metal accessories, and achieve that high–class feeling with fabrics like velvet and brocade. Keep an eye out for sofas with dark, hand turned feet for that early 20th century look.
Mia’s living room- Pulp Fiction
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This super-slick Hollywood home is a great example of late 20th century style. Lots of white, open space with minimal features and luxurious furniture make this a room to be envied, with plenty of space to dance to your hearts content. For a hint of this modern design, look for a white leather sofa with chrome feet, some silver accessories and a feature glass coffee table. It’s all about making the room as light and open as possible. And of course, leave a wall free for the stereo system.
Monica’s apartment- Friends
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It’s impossible to make a list of iconic living rooms without mentioning Friends (or The Simpsons but we managed to avoid that one!). Monica’s studio apartment is a mish-mash of quirky 90’s style. Play around with colour and add some kitschy touches for a feminine look. Monica’s linen sofa is iconic, with shallow, rounded arms and hand turned feet, giving it a country feel. Truly a home-from home in the big city.
Tony Stark’s home – Iron Man
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As futuristic as it gets, the Stark home (or mansion, really) manages to be sparse, minimalist and yet when it comes to it, quite cosy. Adventurous shapes play a large role in the interior design, with an arcing metal floor lamp and huge curved sofa taking the prime spot. Pepper’s influence shows in the scatter cushions and blankets on every sofa, after all she cares a lot about the Feng Shui.