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Accidental Wes Anderson Interiors Are the Design Inspo You Never Knew You Needed

Accidental Wes Anderson Interiors Are the Design Inspo You Never Knew You Needed

Pepto-bismal pink anyone?

Written by –
Jess Ng
on July 28th 2017
Born and raised in the UK, Jess is NONAGON’s resident historian turned marketer turned writer, drawn to Hong Kong by the lure of dim sum breakfasts and bustling city life. A foodie who loves to cook, food occupies 70% of her brain 90% of the time. When not eating, Jess can typically be found buried in a book or obsessing over making NONAGON’s Instagram #feedgoals.

The internet is a wonderful place. It has after all treated us to an abundance of viral gems ranging from the infectious giggles of Chewbaca mom, that exasperating blue dress controversy and a certain catchy anthem dedicated to everyone’s favorite day of the week. The world wide web’s latest gift to humankind though might just be the best yet. Enter the Accidental Wes Anderson Subreddit.

Accidental Wes Anderson whimsical yellow lighthouse |
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Dedicated Reddit users and Wes Anderson-philes have bandied together to share locations from around the world that evoke the genius director’s trademark aesthetic. From Hong Kong to Scotland, Toronto, Milan and Cuba, the thread includes a range of buildings, subways, pools, hotels, even lighthouses, which match Wes Anderson’s penchant for pastels, symmetry and whimsy. Scrolling through this Wes wonderland was like a visual feast for the senses, inspiring me to create my very own ode to Wes Anderson. Welcome to Accidental Wes Anderson Interiors.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Set in the fictional European republic of Zubrowka, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a romantic candy-colored vintage extravaganza.

Vintage retro pink hotel exterior from The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson |
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I love the utterly beguiling use of Pepto-Bismal pink, alongside the intriguing mix of Art Deco and classic Art Nouveau references throughout the film. It seems every set is calling out to be used as interior design inspo!

Eclectic pink and zebra-print Wes Anderson inspired hallway by Mary Mcdonald |
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Mary Mcdonald’s use of that distinctive bubblegum pink laced with blue instantly places this elegant entryway in Wes Anderson territory. Instead of Art Deco, touches of chinoiserie recall the former pre-war opulence of the Grand Budapest. Meanwhile, that stunning gold mirror looks like it was plucked straight from the hotel’s lobby.

Fabiana Zanin pink Wes Anderson inspired bathroom with subway tiles and brass copper exposed plumbing |
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Fabiana Zanin’s pretty in pink bathroom is a lot cleaner than the facilities at the Grand Budapest that’s for sure, but the industrial subway tiles and exposed copper plumbing ensure that classic vintage Wes Anderson vibe.

Moonrise Kingdom

A world apart from Zubrowska, Moonrise Kingdom charts the charming tale of young love through a blur of khaki on khaki, with the occasional splash of youthful sky blue and sunshine yellow.

Beige vintage bedroom from Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson |
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Interiors-wise, imagine nostalgic boy scout embellishments, a vintage Crosley record player and rattan picnic baskets and you’re half way there.

Wes Anderson inspired children's twin bedroom with vintage Pierre Frey statement wallpaper in a French country mansion |
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This children’s bedroom in Agnès Monplaisir’s country estate is basically Camp Ivanhoe in permanent dwelling form. The matching Pierre Frey wallpaper and bed skirts in particular perfectly capture the film’s quasi-sepia toned aesthetic.

Accidental Wes Anderson interior with blue and wood accents and eccentric accessories |
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Every single accessory in this space, from the slightly perturbed racoon taxidermy to the retro board games and worn book collection, could easily be at home in the Moonrise Kingdom world. Kitsch and slightly awkward looking, I love how the haphazard design creates a sense of organized clutter reminiscent of my grandma’s house.

The Royal Tenenbaums

The Tenenbaum family home is perhaps one of the most iconic Wes Anderson sets to date.

Traditional vintage townhouse interior from The Royal Tenenbaums by Wes Anderson |
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Pink walls, wood panelling and taxidermy make for a precarious balance of tradition and idiosyncrasy. It’s the perfect personification of the dysfunctional family.

Wes Anderson inspired eccentric vintage hallway by Summer Thornton |

Full disclosure: this Chicago townhouse is purposefully inspired by the the Tenenbaum house, making it less accidental and more, well, deliberate. But I had to include this in the round up given how perfectly Wes Anderson-esque this space is. Tenenbaum pink? Check. Symmetrical gallery wall? Check. Eccentric accessories? Double check. I love how interior designer Summer Thornton effortlessly mixes vintage furniture pieces to create an eclectic yet homey vibe.

Wes Anderson inspired bathroom with iconic Masai Scalamadre zebra print wallpaper |
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For fashion lovers, Margot Tenenbaum has become synonymous with mink coats, striped Lacoste polo dresses and kohl rimmed eyes. For home decor lovers on the other hand, the most memorable aspect of the precocious playwright turned bad girl has to be the Zebra Masai Scalamadre wallpaper featured in her childhood bedroom. Slightly kooky with a touch of exoticism, the print looks fabulous as a statement wallpaper in this Miles Redd designed powder room.


Have you seen any accidental Wes Anderson interiors which evoke his trademark twee aesthetic? Let us know by posting on Instagram and using the hashtag #N9Home. You may even be featured on our official feed!


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