If you’ve been following the To All the Boys series of films and novels (and, imminently, a television series) then you might have been inspired by the spectacular décor in the main character’s bedroom. To create this iconic look, production designer Paul Joyal painstakingly assembled a whole range of different elements. If you’re looking to emulate it, then you might find that you can do it with the help of a few simple stylistic touches.
Let’s take a look at some of the elements you might bring together.
Comfort and Style
The bedroom creates a distinctive comfortable feel, with blankets layered on the bed, and a nice pastel-shaded combination of pinks and teals. While you don’t have to go for these precise colours, it’s a good idea to pick two shades that complement one another. Use an online tool to find complementary colours or brush up on your basic colour theory to figure out what works and why. Remember that rules are made to be broken, and you should go with whatever you think works.
One of the most important features of the space is the mural wall, which features a number of hand painted flowers. Painting a wall mural yourself is pretty straightforward; you’ll just need to think about what you’re going to paint ahead of time. You can use whatever colours you like to bring your vision to life.
Uses of lighting
Of course, on a television set, there are going to be light sources that are not part of the set itself: after all, the creators want the best-looking shot possible, not necessarily the most accurate one.
With that said, there’s a lot to be said for the atmospheric vibe in Lara’s room. It most comes from avoiding the use of ceiling lights and focussing instead on fairy lamps and a few strategically-chosen table lamps in the corners. If you want that chaotic vibe, then you might opt for a few mismatched lamps, rather than going for something that’s united around a single theme.
If you don’t have a few accent pieces, then you might find that your décor lacks direction. In Lara’s room, the big pieces are the hanging egg chair, the dresser, and (obviously) the bed. It’s best to go with just a few focal points, depending on the size of the room. Don’t allow any one thing to dominate and position your lights according to the need.
Of course, you’ll also need furniture that’s practical – which means a quality storage unit, like Lara’s dresser, is a must-have. Look around charity shops for a quality item and repaint it yourself!