You know the drill. Boy meets girl in an adorable, if realistically improbable, ‘meet cute’. It’s love at first sight, yet the road to romance is fraught with melodramatic adversity. An interfering parent perhaps, or a beautiful but morally suspect love rival. Whoever the villain of choice, they’re no one our trusty hero or heroine can’t defeat within the standard 90 minute running time. And then it’s onward to happily ever after.
Yes, the classic romantic comedy is as predictable as they come. But in amidst the froth and sugar-coated fairytale, I believe rom coms have one redeeming factor. The interiors! Because no great silver screen love story ever occurred in a leaky bedsit – even if the main protagonist is a struggling writer living in the middle of New York (yes, I am referring to you Carrie Bradshaw). With this in mind, I’m rounding up my all time favorite rom com interiors. Even if you’ve a heart of stone when it comes to movie romance, these homes are guaranteed to have you falling head over heels.
Rom Com Movie Interiors
Crazy Rich Asians
Credited for reviving the romantic comedy genre, Crazy Rich Asians made waves as the first Hollywood movie in twenty years to feature an all-Asian cast.
While all eyes were on the characters’ fabulous costume stylings (who else would die for Astrid’s wardrobe?), it was the sumptuous interiors which really set the tone for the crazy rich world of the Singaporean elite. From the old school opulence of the Young family mansion to the understated luxury of Nick and Rachel’s Raffles hotel suite, this rom com was a lesson in extravagance.
I was particularly taken with the striking contemporary home which appears in the movie’s opening scenes. Designed by B+H Architects, it boasts sliding glass doors in lieu of walls which open up for the ultimate indoor outdoor living experience. Talk about tree house vibes!
Down with Love
Both Barbara and Catcher’s Manhattan condos are a modernist’s dream. Hers, a vision in pink complete with opalescent teardrop chandeliers and an indoor fire pit. His, masculine brown and navy in tone, with clean lines and sturdy wood furnishings. I love how the sets cleverly mimic the battle of the sexes story line!
In romantic comedy circles, Nancy Meyers movies have accumulated a cult following. And that’s in no small part thanks to her dreamy set design.
A typical Meyers’ movie home is light, bright and breezy, and the Spanish-style hacienda which features in Home Again is no exception. The house in question is the epitome of California cool. There’s a nice balance of rustic and boho elements which makes the abode feel warm and welcoming.
While this movie home has good bones to begin with, it’s the styling which truly makes the set design jump off the screen. Picture perfect vignettes featuring an array of artwork and other vintage treasures are a feast for the eyes!
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
If your movie is set in 1930s London, it’s only right to take full advantage of the era’s rich decorative aesthetic. That’s exactly what happened in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.
Think classic Hollywood glam meets Art Deco chic. To reflect the decadence of the film’s storyline, centered upon a high society singer-actress, the interiors drip with gold, marble and crystal. It’s like stepping inside a jewelry box.
To get the look, start with a monochrome palette and then layer in expensive design details. Remember, texture is key to softening any hard marble surfaces or gold shine.
I know, another Nancy Meyers movie? Well I told you she’s good, and it quite frankly doesn’t get any better than the equestrian ranch featured in her 2009 hit, It’s Complicated.
The farmhouse style kitchen has arguably become the gold standard when it comes to movie interiors. I bet that marble island has graced many Pinterest boards! And those open shelves are perfect for creating a cozy lived-in atmosphere.