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Movie magic: wallcoverings that crossed the silver screen to home design

Movie magic: wallcoverings that crossed the silver screen to home design

Movies are a powerful source of inspiration for everything from our fashion choices to interior decor. When it comes to home design, wallpapers can take center stage in creating a cinematic ambiance. The use of wallpapers in movies has evolved over time, from subtle backdrops to full-fledged character expressions.

In the early days of cinema, wallpapers served as a functional means of covering up imperfections in the set and adding a touch of realism to the scene. However, wallpapers have since become more than just a practical element – they are a key visual component of set design, used to set the mood and establish the character of a film.

From obsession to trend wallcoverings

One of the most famous examples of wallpaper used in a movie, is the yellow wallpaper in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper”. This wallpaper is often interpreted as a symbol of the protagonist’s descent into madness. In the 1999 film adaptation of the story, directed by Peter Kosminsky, the peculiar yellow wallpaper becomes an obsession!

Photo wallpaper that re-defines sea view look

Another notable example of wallpaper used in a movie is the “Stormy Ocean View” wallpaper in the 2023 film “Leave the World Behind”. This wallpaper creates a sense of tranquility and escape. The image of the ocean is one of the most enduring symbols of freedom and adventure. No wonder that filmmakers often use it to evoke these emotions. Plus, the whole bedroom is furnished with utmost attention to detail – nothing too much. Cool grey-blue bedlinen and duvet, minimal nightstands and lamps to complete the look.

From Breakfast at Tiffany´ s to glamorous zebras

In addition to being used to set the mood, wallpaper also gives the film a sense of place. For example, in the 1955 film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, the wallpaper in Holly Golightly’s apartment is used to create a sense of glamour. The wallpaper is a bright pink and white pattern, with a floral motif. Thus it is perfectly in keeping with Holly’s character as a free-spirited socialite.

Remember the zebras on the powder room walls at Wes Anderson’ s “The Royal Tenenbaums”? Since then zebras become an icon of both luxury and glamour.

Art Deco Wallcoverings on the Set

Or the lavish Art Deco style mansion of Leonardi Di Caprio at “Great Gatsby”. This movie made everyone want the 20-ies wall decor and wear flapper dresses! Art Deco wallcoverings are a celebration of the opulent and glamorous style that defined the 1920s and 1930s. Common themes include zigzags, chevrons, sunbursts, and stylized floral designs, all conveying a sense of luxury and sophistication.

And talk about peculiar murder mysteries where each wallcovering tells its own story! “Only Murders in the Building” – wow, every apartments is a world on its own!

Wallpaper used in the movies or in your favourite TV show is a great way of home design inspiration and a way to identify yourself. Movie looks are a great for re-creating – specially, if you are out of ideas and entire Pinterest seems overwhelming! So, if you are looking for a way to add a touch of Hollywood glamour to your home, wallpaper is a great option. It is movie proven, after all!

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