Home Decor Inspired By The Classics

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The classic films of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s have their own defining styles. If you’ve found yourself coveting Holly Golightly’s effortless bravura or you’ve always desired a home like James Bonds’s, recreate the style found in these classic film moments with these home design tips:

1940s Decor

Films synonymous with the 1940s decade include classics, such as “The Little Foxes” and Walt Disney’s animated films “Fantasia” and “Song of the South.”

Decorate your home in Southern fashion that reflects the simpler time portrayed in “The Little Foxes” and “Song of the South.” Outfit your patio or porch with wicker furniture, and use pastel paint colors inside your home. Install custom floor to ceiling drapery to really make a statement. Look to the Shade Store for neutral-colored drapes that complement the shade of your walls and furniture.



Or, get inspired by the dramatic music of Disney’s “Fantasia.” Outfit your home with a wireless surround sound system from Sonos, or purchase a 1940s vintage record player. Decorate your walls with vintage albums or with big band or jazz-inspired decor.

1950s Flair

Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and James Dean stole the show in many 1950s films such as “Roman Holiday,” “Some Like It Hot” and “Rebel Without a Cause.”

Create your own “Roman Holiday” inspired powder room fit for a princess with elegant mosaic tiles, large mirrors and beautiful floral-printed wallpaper. If you are inspired by the classic image of Marilyn Monroe over the air vent, Design Shuffle suggests capturing the feel of Miami at the time. Decorate your bedroom with a large, four poster iron bed with elegant white linens. Or, if the rebellious spirit in “Rebel Without a Cause” suits your style, go for a minimalist theme to show that you are not controlled by mass consumerism.

1960s Style

The 1960s ushered in a new era of fashion and fun in film. The first James Bond flick starring Sean Connery hit theaters in 1962. And, of course, Audrey Hepburn ruled the silver screen in her roles in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “My Fair Lady.”

Channel your inner 007 with dark hardwood floors and advanced stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen. Utilize the new smart refrigerator technology and complement it with a handsome-looking drink cart — with a martini shaken, not stirred, of course.

For a posh touch, look to Audrey Hepburn’s classic style in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Place gold accents around the room with mirrors or photo frames. Add a rich touch to your space with a lounge-worthy sofa, such as Holly Golightly’s bathtub sofa. These pieces are sure to make a statement no matter what room they are in.

1960s film was fun, so add plenty of color to your home. Retro Planet suggests including bright citrons, deep reds and oranges, rich jades and bold blue hues. Also, don’t shy away from fun fabrics. Patterns and prints were home decor staples in the ’60s, so they should be included in your decade-inspired home as well.


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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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