A movie doesn’t only need a great script, direction, and performances to make it a classic. Careful consideration also goes into the design of the film set interiors, as this can enhance and highlight the mood the filmmakers want the audience to feel. To illustrate this point, we’ve put together a list of some of the most impressive home interiors to grace the silver screen in recent years.
1. The Ghost Writer
This political thriller is about a ghost writer who uncovers a political scandal after being hired to complete the autobiography of an ex-British Prime Minister. The film’s interiors accentuate the feeling of conspiracy; the muted colour palette makes a seemingly warm impression, but the atypical furniture, the use of slate, metal, and glass, and abstract paintings adding accents of blood red, heighten the feelings of isolation and danger to which the main character becomes increasingly aware.
2. The Twilight Saga
The polarising Twilight series is the story of a human girl’s relationship with a hundred year old vampire. Whatever your feelings on the films, the Cullen home is breathtaking. The interior has been designed as a continuation of the Washington forest, making the room warm and natural and a distraction from the cold and unnatural residents within.
3. American Psycho
American Psycho tells the murder-filled tale of 1980s business man Patrick Bateman. His apartment has a sparse, clean palette, displaying that Bateman’s world is all about surface – the impression of style, success, and sanity. The room is stylish, with a monochromatic colour scheme and all the status symbols anyone could want. What the room has in style, it lacks in soul – a perfect visual representation of the threat Bateman represents in the film.
4. Down With Love
Down With Love is a playful lampooning of the romcoms of the 1950s and 1960s. The interior designers took this theme and absolutely ran with it. Every single one of the home interiors complements the theme and expresses an aspect of each of the characters’ personalities, creating some stunning interiors with a strong visual impact.
5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a modern Swedish noir. This home, overlooking the Varmdo Penisula in Sweden, belongs to one of the film’s murder suspects. The chill of modern design accentuates the suspicion and mistrust that abound in the film, creating an isolated space that only adds to the feelings of alienation experienced by the main characters.
6. The Vow
The loft-like interior of romantic film The Vow is eclectic in its design, and representative of the very different personalities belonging to the fictional husband and wife characters of Paige and Leo. The rooms detail them as individuals, but also their life as a couple, therefore setting up a a poignant backdrop for when Paige looses all memory of her husband Leo following a car accident.
7. A Single Man
Given that A Single Man was directed by fashion designer Tom Ford, it’s no wonder the stylish interiors of this film feature so prominently. The Mid-Century home of central character George was designed by John Lautner and is as impeccably turned out as George himself.