Home Designs Based Around Your Favourite Gangster Movies

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By Aimee.

Don’t you just love some movies, with their lovely homes that you would like to move into? Their set designs are outstanding and flawless, making you wish you had a place like that to call home. Thankfully, replicating the look of your favorite gangster movie in your own home is not as difficult as you might think.

Depending on your taste and budget the scope of such a project can be as big or as small as you wish. Aided by some movie memorabilia you might opt to embark on a simple DIY redecorating project around your home. Alternatively, if you have the time and money, you can convert entire rooms in your house in honor of your favorite movie. Don’t think friends and family might think you’ve gone a bit weird, you are by no means the first person to have turned to the silver screen for home décor tips and you certainly won’t be the last.

Getting the look

In order to achieve that gangster movie look you first have to decide which movie you want to model your house after. Although all gangster films center on trying to outwit the law, their sets vary greatly. For instance, The Godfather and Scarface both go for lavish styles and understated elegance, while TV shows such as Sons of Anarchy lean towards rough and tough décor.

If your interior décor is inspired by The Godfather, for instance, you will have to borrow heavily from Tuscan and similar Italian styles. These are characterized by warm earthy tones, polished wood furniture and rustic finishes. You can incorporate this look in your home by using a mix of tans, browns and gold accents, interspersed with neutral colors such as white or gray. To complete the look and add texture to the rooms, dress your windows with wooden shutters.

Alternatively, if you want to show off your love of biking, then an interior décor theme based on the Sons of Anarchy would be perfect. To pull this off, you need to create a look that is a little rough around the edges. Take care not to go overboard with this look or your property may end up looking too dark and depressing.

Perhaps the best way to use your favorite movie as a basis for your décor is to incorporate a few key features. By doing so you can easily change things around if you eventually tire of the style. Some of the best examples include:

  • Wall hangings – instead of transforming your entire home, hang up posters or prints of your favorite gangster stars or movies on the walls.
  • Accessories – another less drastic alternative to a complete house makeover is decorating the home with branded merchandise or movie memorabilia. There are plenty of stores where you can purchase pieces with movie insignias on them.

Pillows, throws, rugs, lampshades and wall clocks bearing your beloved movie themes or characters can be artfully placed around the home to create the desired effect. Offering a practical alternative to decorating the house these accessories also function as statement pieces and conversation starters.

While you might not have the space or cash to recreate an entire film set in your home, you can still use creative colors, hangings and accessories to pay tribute to your favorite gangster movies.

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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.



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