26 Movies You Need to Watch Before Decorating Your Home

These sets are so beautiful, they nearly distract you from the plots.


If you're thinking about redecorating a space in your home, grab some popcorn, sit down, and watch one of these movies that have sets so pretty, they will instantly spark inspiration.

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Call Me By Your Name

Besides being a beautiful tale of love and loss between two beautiful men, also gifts us with one of the most breathtaking homes to ever grace a screen. The soft, romantic colors and gilded antiques will have you ditching modernism and minimalism faster than you can say, "Oliver, Oliver, Oliver."

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Sex and the City: The Movie

Carrie Bradshaw's apartment is by no means typical of an actual NYC one-bedroom home — but it does give us dreams to plan our future closets around. And we won't even get started on the even bigger walk-in closet she gets in this movie.

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Darkest Hour

A WWII biopic that sees Winston Churchill deciding whether to fight or negotiate with Adolf Hitler, Darkest Hour is also a feat of traditional British design. If your ideal home is full of rich mahogany, marble mantels, and polished silver, this is your movie.

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The Shape of Water

If you can distract yourself away from the river god in the bathtub, The Shape of Water swims through rooms that are gorgeous, if not in a bit of disrepair. In this shot alone, we have leather-bound books, a gallery wall, and a molded window that we would travel the sea for.

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Marie Antoinette

Decor worth losing your head over — sorry! Sofia Coppola's telling of the French queen's story is a delicious feast of ornate wallpapers, fanciful linens, and the best of historic French furniture. This is a perfect movie if you are a believer in "more is more."

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From the mansion in Glen Cove to Sabrina's apartment facing the Eiffel Tower in Paris, this Audrey Hepburn movie is one dream home after another — all with design beautiful enough to match Sabrina's couture. The office scenes will also delight any .

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The Graduate

While this film brilliantly captures the ennui of post-college life, the stylish '60s interiors almost steal the show. Re-watch it and study the Braddock family's inviting home, the sleek and modern style of the Robinsons' abode, and the iconic rooms in the Taft Hotel.

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The Great Gatsby

For anyone looking to add a little glitz and glamour to their homes, Baz Luhrman's take on this classic is a must-see. Each room in the film has its own distinct feel, and but they all nail the Roaring Twenties.

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It's Complicated

Nancy Meyers has quite the reputation for creating enviable interiors in her films, but this one takes the cake. It's almost impossible to watch without dreaming of cooking in the impeccable kitchen, or plopping down in the muted living room wrapped in a cashmere blanket.

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Midnight in Paris

This film travels between time periods, so there are countless scenes that feature breathtaking interiors. The '20s night clubs, Gertrude Stein's home, and even the modern day hotel rooms are all enticing.

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A Single Man

Leave it to fashion designer Tom Ford to create a film where the aesthetic is almost as important as the plot. Every interior in the film makes use of layered patterns, colors, and textures to bring to life a stylized version of the 1960s.

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Breakfast at Tiffany's

Holly Golightly's apartment is a testament to the idea that less is more. While there's hardly any furniture, what she does have in her NYC pad immediately catches the eye.

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The Devil Wears Prada

While it's not actually a home, Miranda Priestley's office features one of the most perfect gallery walls we've ever seen. And her townhouse isn't too shabby either.

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500 Days Of Summer

Summer's bedroom is warm, inviting, and quirky without feeling kitschy. And fans of muted black and white color palettes will surely find inspiration in Tom's bachelor pad.

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Father of the Bride

While the outside of the Father of the Bride house tends to get all of the attention, we're partial to its cozy, lived-in interiors. The home perfectly demonstrates how to pull off shabby chic, but with a polished finish.

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Gone Girl

Yes, we know, this film gets pretty dark. But would you just look at that immaculate kitchen?

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This Is Where I Leave You

Most of the movie takes place in the Altman's family house, so it's no surprise that the set design is top notch. And while the storyline isn't always cheery, lots of pattern and color keep the interiors bright and welcoming.

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The classic French film offers up richly saturated colors and vintage-inspired details. It can be quite difficult to design a red bedroom that feels more relaxing than sensual, but Amélie pulls it off with aplomb.

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If you have an affinity for avant-garde design, there's no better film than Beetlejuice. With macabre, almost gothic colors and off-the-wall furniture, this house demonstrates the best in absurdist design.

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Under the Tuscan Sun

Fans of classic Italian villas will love watching Frances Mayes restore her newly purchased Tuscan home.

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2001: A Space Odyssey

While Stanley Kubrick's science fiction masterpiece may not seem like a place to seek out decor inspiration, its interiors are sure to thrill fans of modern and classic styles alike.

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Eat Pray Love

Elizabeth Gilbert's global adventure to self discovery brings viewers on a journey around the world, with plenty of stops to inspire exotic decor choices. But be warned, the film may also cause serious wanderlust.

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You've Got Mail

It's no surprise that one of the most beloved romantic comedies ever has interiors that inspire warm and fuzzy thoughts. Kathleen Kelly's homey bedroom in Nora Ephron's classic film is a direct representation of the character's inviting personality. Fans of shabby chic styles will adore her entire Upper West Side apartment.

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The Royal Tenenbaums

Every one of Wes Anderson's films is a feast for the eyes, but it's almost impossible to top the interior perfection he achieved in The Royal Tenenbaums. Each room of the Tenenbaum family's Harlem mansion is decked out in Anderson's signature saturated hues and accented with unexpected details like zebra wallpaper.

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Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

This is the perfect film for people who dream in black and white. The interiors put the classic color combo to work, while the use of interesting graphic shapes keep the design from feeling stagnant.

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Down With Love

Barbara Novak's pretty pink apartment is over the top in all the right ways, with unapologetically bright colors and boldly modern furniture choices. And really, who wouldn't want that gorgeous rooftop terrace?

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