TV shows tell us stories while making us dream of unique decorations
A good TV series not only requires a good script and excellent actors, it also demands the right scenery to convey what their characters feel, give us clues about their personalities and get the audience immersed in its atmosphere with every element of the setting. In this post, we will review the story and decoration of iconic TV shows.
Stranger Things – Back to the 80’s
Created by Matt and Ross Duffer brothers, Stranger Things has made us yearn the 80’s and has elicited a revival effect in fashion and decoration. The series is full of references of success of this decade, as the poster of the movie “Jaws” at Will’s home.
Stranger Things is trendy, as the thousands of boards in Pinterest to create your own alphabet with lights proves. The decoration of the TV set is a combination of dark environments and Scandinavian style, using wood as main material. Posters and other functional decorative items as radios or walkie talkies give add color to the ambience.
Create your own alphabet with this DIY from Stranger Things.
In Stranger Things, wood and the dark tones are the “leading characters” in decoration.
Photo: Netflix© – Stranger Things
Gossip Girl – The luxury in Manhattan that will make you dream
The opulent atmosphere of the Upper East Side serves as background to this series about wealthy teenagers, who charmed an entire generation of young people. The ambience and furniture of Gossip Girl are lessons of style themselves. Interior designer Christina Tonkin (decorator of other hit series like Sex in New York) is responsible for re-creating the rooms and the environments in which the characters of the series live.
Blair Waldorf’s home is synonymous with luxury and elegance. Gold colors dominate the spaces, mixed with classic decorative items.
Blair Waldford’s living room is decorated with the Louis Arms chairs.
Serena Van der Woodsen’s room reflects the personality of the character; young, vivacious and a model of contemporary style.
Photo: Christina Tonkin Interiors
SuperStudio Butterflies Sticker
Mad Men – The classic par excellence
Mad Men is already considered an icon of style. Each set of this TV show reflects perfectly the old-fashion and sober style of the 50s and 60s. Decorative elements in vivid colors are combined with Nordic and American furniture masterpieces, designed by major figures as Eames, Jacobsen or Saarinen.
The production process of Mad Men passed through an arduous and meticulous work, reviewing old magazines and books from 50s and 60s decades. All sets had to be as realistic and similar to that time as possible. Original pieces were purchased and then restored to look like new ones. Details were also relevant in the decoration. They make the general appearance of the series even more real. As an example, the phones were acquired from a Wisconsin collector who finally agreed with selling these relics to get a more authentic look for the series.
Decoration of the Sterling Cooper & Partners agency meeting room.
Photo: Eric Laignel – Interior Design
Mies Blue Sofa
Peggy Olson at Sterling Cooper & Partners agency in her office chair.
Photo: Jaimie Trueblood / AMC – Interior Design
Office Chair Dinsi -Special Edition-
The Big Bang Theory – A universe of decoration
The realism of the main characters apartments in this series is remarkable. The different spaces also contain numerous objects and gadgets inspired by the Comic world. Nerds and science go hand in hand to create a particular atmosphere, specially in the Sheldon Cooper and Leonard Hofstadter’s rooms, the two greatest stars in the series. They both are fanatics of Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel, DC Comics. The sceneries are based on videogames. The furniture is ergonomic and has a futuristic design. All pieces are combined with merchandising accessories from videogames and comic books, as well as nerdy gadgets, such as Luke Skywalker’s sword.
Howard Wolowitz and Bernadette’s kitchen ambience.
Photo: Spolier Guide
Sheldon Cooper working outside the campus university.
How I met your mother – Manhattan is always trendy
This stcom, like its predecessor Friends, condenses the entire New York City style. Each setting is designed keeping in mind the “big city”; Ted Mosby’s apartment, the McLaren’s bar and Lily and Marshall’s flat. Ted’s flat is the most typical New Yorker living space: industrial accessories, brick walls, a kitchen counter, a red sofa and the classic armchair. Everything is conceived to be completely Newyorker style.
Ted Mosby’s flat is full of personal objects from his trips and design furniture, combining with his red sofa and armchair.
Photo: Fractured Simplicity