The clocks have gone back and once again we are leaving work in the dark. It is the perfect time to catch up on the latest movies and to also revisit old favourites.
A film has the ability to wiz you away to a different time and place, and the decor can add a whole new dimension to the experience. As designers we think the interiors in the film can be as instrumental to our enjoyment as the script or the music.
Below is the FRI top ten of the best interiors in the movies
Shut out the dark winter night, light the fire and sit back and enjoy some of these classics tonight
10. The Royal Tenebaums (2001)
Wes Anderson's interiors are as integral to his movies as the actors and scripts. In the Royal Tenenbaums he designed vividly coloured sets that are ambiguous in their time setting. There are design features from the 1960's to the present day cleverly woven together which create a cinematic universe which can only be Wes Craven.
9. Eat Pray Love (2010)
This story of a woman's quest to find herself is likely to inspire you to drop everything and travel. Set against the very different backgrounds of Rome, an Ashram in India and the glorious beaches of Bali. The film is a feast for the eyes and takes the viewer on an incredible journey of the senses.
8. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
In this iconic film Holly Golightly's New York apartment is a testament to less is more - although small in square metres it is big on 60's style. The mostly neutral pallet has a few pops of colour from the cushions on her fabulous bathtub sofa - it epitomises the bohemian lifestyle.
7. American Pyscho (2000)
Patrick Bateman's apartment in the 2000 film of the book American Psycho is sleek and masculine with minimalist black and white design. Including Miles van de Rohe leather Barcelona chairs, Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Hill House chair and Robert Longo drawings of contorted figures. A perfect, beautiful but slightly creepy backdrop to this chilling film.
6. The Great Gatsby (2013)
Baz Luhruman's vision of The Great Gatsby is a must see. Each room in the film has its own distinct feel and brilliantly captures the feel of the Roaring Twenties. With the added bonus of Leonardo DiCaprio playing Gatsby this film can't be missed!
5. You've Got Mail (1998)
Arguably one of the most beloved romantic comedies ever; You've Got Mail is set in New York City on the Upper West Side. The contrast between the main characters of Kathleen Kelly played by Meg Ryan and Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) is highlighted by the difference in their homes. Kathleen lives in a delightful shabby chic brownstone and Joe in a sleek and masculine apartment. The gorgeous interiors combined with some iconic New York scenes will have you dreaming of living in the Big Apple.
4. The Holiday (2006)
The first of three Nancy Meyer's films that have made it to our top 10, The Holiday is romantic comedy about two women who suffer break ups and decide to swap homes. A stunning quaint English cottage and a fabulous stylish LA town house. Both houses although polar opposites are stunning, reflecting the characters of the women in the film. This is a feel good modern Christmas classic - one to save and watch once the Christmas tree is up!
3. Sex and the City 1 & 2 (2008 & 2010)
The series Sex and the City is synonymous with style and the films lived up to this reputation. In the first Carrie Bradshaw re-decorates her 'bachelor pad' transforming into a dream New York apartment. In the second film the character is married to her soul mate Mr Big and her new status is reflected in the heavenly apartment they live in. Fashion was an important element throughout the Sex and the City franchise and in the second film Carrie and Mr Big's walk in wardrobe doesn't fail to impress.
2. It's Complicated (2009)
Our second entry from the brilliant Nancy Meyers, It's complicated is a fabulous film featuring the always brilliant Meryl Streep. With its divine Santa Barbara setting and to-die-for interiors this film is a feast for the eyes and a definite favourite of anyone interested in interior design. The relaxed Californian interiors vie for attention with the star studded cast (including Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin) to make a brilliant film which is the perfect choice for a girls movie night!
1. Something's Gotta Give (2003)
Nancy Meyers is known for her brilliant set design which is integral to the style and success of her films. Therefore it is unsurprising that this is the third Nancy Meyers film that has made our top 10! Something's Gotta Give does not disappoint. The main character Erica Barry, played by the brilliant Diane Keaton lives in a glorious Hamptons beach house, which is as much the star of the film as Keaton. Decorated in a relaxed, elegant and neutral palette with gorgeous views this is a dream coastal retreat. The cast is as impressive as the interiors and includes Jack Nicholson, Frances McDormand and Keanu Reeves.