Big screen boudoirs: 7 movie-inspired bedroom decor ideas

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Movies are a great source of bedroom decor inspiration (Universal Pictures/UGC-Fox Distribution)
Movies are a great source of bedroom decor inspiration (Universal Pictures/UGC-Fox Distribution)

When searching for interiors inspiration, one of our favourite sources of ideas is the big screen.

From the iconic sleepover scene in Grease to the infamous introduction of Regina George’s ‘burn book’ in Mean Girls, cinema has certainly created some instantly memorable on-screen bedrooms over the decades.

With this in mind, the team at mattress brand Otty has pulled together some advice on how to achieve iconic on-screen bedroom aesthetics in your own home. 

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Mamma Mia!

Want to recreate the Grecian-inspired decor in 'Mama Mia'? All it takes is a lick of paint. (Universal Pictures)
Want to recreate the Grecian-inspired decor in 'Mama Mia'? All it takes is a lick of paint. (Universal Pictures)

It's fair to say Mamma Mia! has won a spot in quite a few people's hearts, as the first film in the series grossed a whopping $602.9 million (approx. £433 million) at the box office upon its theatrical release in 2008. 

The film whisks viewers away to the dreamy shores of Greece to the tune of Abba classics, performed by its ensemble cast of Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Amanda Seyfried.

Perhaps one of the unsung heroes of the production is the house featured in the movie, which provides us with Greek-inspired home decor inspiration, thanks to the large airy rooms and antique furniture adorning the lead characters' ocean-side residence. 

Otty Tip: Classic sea blues should be used to achieve this look in the bedroom. Layer tones of light and dark blue with white accents for that Grecian look. 

Bonus points for the addition of a big brass bed with treasures from your travels tucked underneath.

Mean Girls

Regina George’s opulent bedroom will appeal to fans of the maximalism. (Mean Girls, Paramount Picture Studios)
Regina George’s opulent bedroom will appeal to fans of the maximalism. (Mean Girls, Paramount Picture Studios)

“On Wednesdays we wear pink” - one of the many Mean Girls lines that remains a huge part of our pop culture today.

Even if you're not keen on cerise shades in your wardrobe, there is something rather appealing about the kitschiness of an all pink bedroom

Not only is Regina George’s bedroom the envy of many a teenage girl, but the pink palace's opulent aesthetic will appeal to many fans of the maximalism trend.

Otty Tip: You don’t need a mansion to achieve this extravagant look, adding fabrics will work wonders. Try adding some silk bed sheets or creating a canopy with draped silk scarves.

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Amelie (2001)

Amelie's crimson bedroom, features quirky animal wall art and vintage furniture finds. (Amelie, UGC-Fox Distribution)
Amelie's crimson bedroom, features quirky animal wall art and vintage furniture finds. (Amelie, UGC-Fox Distribution)

Grossing $174.2 million, Amelie remains one of the most successful foreign-language films in American cinema history.

The film, set in 1997, stars Audrey Tautou as a shy and introverted Amelie, a waitress living in the French capital, who is on a mission to increase the happiness levels of all she meets. 

Her classic crimson bedroom, featuring quirky animal wall art and vintage furniture finds, is the epitome of French bedroom chic, with many choosing to duplicate the bold European look for themselves.

Otty tip: You can add a textured maroon wallpaper to the walls to recreate this look. Add bursts of green and blue to balance this out, through pillows or bedding.

Don’t worry too much about all the interior decor matching, this look is all about mismatched Parisian chic.

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Wear your heart on your wall like Ferris Bueller (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Paramount Pictures)
Wear your heart on your wall like Ferris Bueller (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Paramount Pictures)

A mid-80s classic that remains one of the most iconic teen comedy films to date - Ferris Bueller’s Day Off stars Matthew Broderick as a high school student skipping school for the day, and causing mischief and chaos for all those he encounters along the way. 

Bueller's teenage bedroom is a pivotal location throughout the film, with the suburban elements of the space remaining as iconic today as when the film was released 35 years ago. 

So culturally important is the bedroom to movie fans, that back in 2016 a Chicago artist even recreated the bedroom for a display to the public.

Otty Tip: This bedroom screams ‘coming of age’ during a simple and less complicated pre-internet era. To achieve this classic look, fill a room with your favourite old movie posters, classic novels, wall art, and even flags. 

Simple wooden furniture pieces are a must, as well as collectable items and knick-knacks that you’ve accumulated over the years.

Grease

The sleepover scene in 'Grease' is truly iconic. (Paramount Pictures)
The sleepover scene in 'Grease' is truly iconic. (Paramount Pictures)

Grease catapulted its leading actors John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John to stardom upon its 1978 release, and more than 40 years later it's just as popular.

Despite the movie being crammed with memorable scenes, a firm favourite among fans is the pyjama party at Frenchie’s house. At this point of the movie, Rizzo sings the iconic “Look at me, I’m Sandra Dee”.  

It’s impressive how the small space is utilised by each of the scene’s performers. Die-hard Grease lovers can very easily recreate the 1950’s bedroom theme themselves.

Otty Tip: The girls from Grease were known as the “Pink Ladies” and this most definitely extends to the bedroom interior. To achieve this look, coat your bedroom walls in soft baby pink, or add some nostalgic pink accents through retro lampshades or floral rugs.

Bring It On

Warm coloured walls as seen in 'Bring It On', will be sure to evoke nostalgic emotions (Universal Pictures)
Warm coloured walls as seen in 'Bring It On', will be sure to evoke nostalgic emotions (Universal Pictures)

Teen classic Bring It On is a high school comedy focusing on two rival cheerleading squads battling it out for the number one spot at the National Cheerleading Championships. 

The film stars Kirsten Dunst as head cheerleader Torrence Shipman. The bedroom scene sees Torrence dancing to love interest Cliff Pantone’s mixtape.

This bedroom screams teenage fun. The yellow walls and stuffed animals can create a calm, happy atmosphere in the space.

Otty Tip: Try adding some bright colours - yellow, orange and pink – to create a warm environment that will be sure to evoke nostalgic emotions. 

Moulin Rouge!

Set in 1900s Paris, 'Moulin Rouge!' is another source of maximalist decor inspiration. (20th Century Fox)
Set in 1900s Paris, 'Moulin Rouge!' is another source of maximalist decor inspiration. (20th Century Fox)

Set in 1900s Paris, Moulin Rouge! is a jukebox musical starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor as doomed lovers Satine and Christian.

The bedroom features head to toe red and gold layering, giving the classic sultry vibe. 

Otty Tip: To achieve the boudoir style aesthetic, layer the room in various colours and textures of luxurious fabric. Make sure to include some Victorian-style ornaments through bedside tables or lamps. 

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