In the pre-pandemic era, travel inspired design. But, as we racked up our at-home hours, so too did we rack up our TV-binging tallies. This past year, we all became experts in chess, tigers, and all things royal. Beyond that, television and films inspired many new design trends.
Charu Gandhi, the founder of London-based Elicyon, designs luxurious abodes, from Dubai penthouses to Mayfair apartments. Lately, she noticed a trend among her clients: a request for TV-inspired designs.
Gandhi’s top three requests are references to The Queen’s Gambit, the Hugh Grant– and Nicole Kidman–starrring The Undoing, and (wait for it…) The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Inspired by The Queen’s Gambit, Gandhi says, “We’ve seen a lot more requests for patterned wallcoverings, strong geometries, and retro color tones. The pinks and greens of the ’60s are proving very popular.”
Gandhi repurposed an old telephone table to weave the retro feel throughout the house. The telephone table’s new mossy green seat is a stunning nod to the 1960s, yet also provides a practical place to take shoes on and off.
A true believer in wallpaper’s storytelling abilities, Gandhi met her clients’ request for wallpaper inspired by the set of The Undoing. “We recently designed a sumptuous bedroom which was wrapped entirely, including the wardrobes, in a textured silk wall covering; it added a sense of narrative, depth, and richness to the room as in the TV program.”
And, in a London home, “When designing the dressing room, the client referenced a specific episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills—she loved the character’s dressing room, especially the layout, the way in which the central island was organized and the surrounding joinery.”
A TV celebrity himself, Justin Williams is happy when a client asks for a TV-inspired design, especially when it’s a show he loves. “I’ve received inquiries from clients who have been inspired by their favorite television shows. One that I distinctly remember—because I watch the show as well—is Robert and Sol’s beautiful Mediterranean-style home from Grace and Frankie,” says Williams. He adds, “Their home is the epitome of warmth, sophistication, and style. Equipped with beautiful architectural details ranging from the hand-carved front door, arched doorways, and wood-beamed gable ceilings, it provides the foundation for the furnishings they’ve selected, which are stylish yet comfortable.”