At Sleep.8, we’re always looking out for the next thing that will ignite our passion for interior design and get our creative cogs turning. We know that great inspiration can strike from anywhere: be it the natural world, history, or art. We also know that planning a bedroom makeover requires inspiration to help you create your best possible sleep sanctuary.
We thought we would help you out with this by sharing some of our favourite and most iconic bedrooms from films. When it comes to set design, it doesn’t get much more personal than a character’s bedroom. Every detail must be considered to make the character feel fully realised and fleshed out, meaning that Hollywood boudoirs are often larger than life, the perfect works of design art from which to take inspo for your own next bedroom refresh. Without further ado, here are 8 iconic bedrooms from movies that keep us up at night dreaming up design possibilities.
This bedroom from Martin Scorsese’s epic crime film, Casino, is pure maximalism. Everything about this bedroom oozes opulence, from the floral patterned wallpaper to the gold jewels sprawled on the bed. The pièce de resistance, though, is the bed itself, with its classic silhouette and tufting details adding a richness of depth and luxury to every frame that it features in. You might wonder how Sharon Stone and Robert DeNiro’s criminal characters sleep at night – we imagine it’s quite well given their surroundings. Want to steal the look? Check out our Gracia Bed, which has a similar bevel shape with a raised centre on the headboard, creating a sense of opulent regality.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The neoclassical ‘infinite hotel room’ from Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi classic radiates space age futurism, making it the perfect set for the film’s eerie climax. Despite the dazzlingly white lighting, we think this is a rather chic place to wait out the rest of your mortal life until you transform into an nonphysical energy being. Kubrick’s fixation with symmetry, balance and colour works marvellously here, with the green furnishings bringing an element of the natural world into this alien environment. The deep forest green of the bed’s tufted headboard is welcoming and comfortable, while the sheer size of it creates the opulence required of a neoclassical set design. For something similarly dramatic, why not explore our Sofia Bed, with its grand, winged, Chesterfield-style headboard? (Alien monolith not included).
Charlie's Angels (2000)
This scene might be more famous for Cameron Diaz’s dancing than its set design, but we think her undercover spy character’s bedroom is the epitome of minimalist 90’s chic. With its soft off-white and beige colour palette and simple arched white bed, piled high with plump pillows and blankets, this on-screen bedroom emanates feminine cosiness. Steal Diaz’s girly look with the arched Carolina Bed, or you could upgrade your boudoir’s textures with our sumptuous pillows and bedding to create an atmosphere fit for a sleeping Angel.
Ocean's 13 (2007)
We all know that sequels are rarely as good as the original, but we think Ocean’s 13 deserves a round of applause for its set design. Hotel rooms don’t get more opulent than this, with the gold-heavy appearance of the tufted wall and the geometric shape of the solid headboard filling every frame with a tone that is undeniably Art Deco glamour.
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Speaking of Art Deco, its doesn’t get more 1920s than The Great Gatsby. Auteur Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel is replete with lush set design and a sumptuous visual world. If you’re looking to incorporate these timeless aesthetics of grandeur into your bedroom, you have got to check out our beds inspired by the period, such as the Charlotte and Rachel Beds, or the Emma Bed which beautifully incorporates the Art Deco diamond pattern seen on Gatsby’s bedroom walls, with a modern twist.
Casino Royale (2006)
Daniel Craig’s first outing as James Bond sees the series establish the cool, modern and yet classic aesthetic of Bond’s universe, bringing the beloved character into the 21st Century. This hotel bedroom in Casino Royale is another example of how great set design often reflects the mood of the characters, enriching our understanding of the film as a whole. The sparing use of colour in this gold-accented black-and-white bedroom, and the simplicity of lines such as in the clean, gently winged headboard, make for a bedroom that is just as suave, stylish and understated as the international man of mystery. Steal 007’s look with the simple yet bold Domenico Lux Bed, with its inviting and memorable high headboard, or even pair it with the Fransis Dresser and Teffi Bedside Table for a masculine look that is clean, cool and sophisticated.
Dinner At Eight (1933)
Jean Harlow, one of the original starlets of the silver screen, radiates pure Old Hollywood glamour here as she awakens in her palatial boudoir. This is high camp at its Susan Sontag best; every detail is lush and extravagant, from the feathered drapery that gives the illusion of fluffy floating clouds, to the expertly placed round pillows that playfully make the bed look like a car. The deep square padding of the bedstead makes it a focal piece, even in this busy frame, creating a rich and appealing depth. We think Harlow would be just as happy in our square-tufted Arno Bed, which has been designed to give your home a 5-star boutique ambience, fit for a Hollywood star.
Sex and the City (2008)
Few on-screen bedrooms have seen more transformations than that of Carrie Bradshaw’s Manhattan brownstone apartment. Breakups, makeups, makeovers, and sleepovers, this bedroom has seen it all, and the set design has evolved over the years since the original show burst onto our screens in 1998. In the Sex and the City movie, Carrie’s apartment undergoes one of its most dramatic makeovers ever, being modernised with a blue, white and chrome colour palette. It’s clean and bright, perfect for a small city apartment that might not get much natural light. Also, spot Carrie’s bed in the bottom right picture, which looks strikingly similar to our Orlando Bed!
Miss Bradshaw has always been a fan of the end-of-bed bench, where she’s often seen slipping on her Manolo Blahniks – why not check out our Greta and Enigma fabric benches to give your bedroom that super sophisticated finishing touch? And just like that… you’re sleeping better than ever before.