TV Interior Style Inspirations

Increasingly, we don’t just watch TV for entertainment – we look to the box for suggestions about what to wear, what to eat and sometimes how to decorate.
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Increasingly, we don’t just watch TV for entertainment – we look to the box for suggestions about what to wear, what to eat and sometimes how to decorate.

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Whether a show is set in the past or typifies the time it was made in, you can guarantee that if you watch carefully, you’ll come away with some great interior style ideas. These programmes all feature homes that could change the way you design yours.

Freaks and Geeks This homage to the very early eighties has many style pointers for fans of the new wave, slightly nerdy aesthetic. Character Sam Weir has a bedroom that teenage boys dream about – and there are pieces that would definitely work in the home of someone who’s still a teenage boy at heart. Make a feature out of a piece of retro science kit, like a microscope, or introduce some old school aeroplane posters. For added adult appeal, have them properly framed instead of just sticking them to your wall.

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Absolutely Fabulous PR queen Edina Monsoon wiggled her way into our hearts by becoming Queen of the Fad – and most of the action in the show took place in her ultramodern nineties kitchen which was packed with pieces that were quick to date. Get the look with plastic, perspex and plenty of gadgets. It’s easy to pick up reasonably priced imitations of her Eames style chairs, leaving plenty of cash for the one essential Ab Fab kitchen accessory – a fridge full of Bolly.

Downton Abbey When a TV programme is named after the house its set in, you know that the production team is going to get serious about interiors. Every room in the Abbey has a specific purpose, so even if your living room is an all-purpose area, think of it as a study, or somewhere for the ladies to retire for tea after a main meal, and go for dull colours, desks and bookshelves or guilt, light and delicate pieces accordingly. It’s worth keeping an eye on local auctions to spot Downton-esque turn of the century pieces that could work as a focal point. For the ultimate in luxury period detail, splurge on an Aubusson rug.

Bewitched Long before the brilliant Mad Men, Elizabeth Montgomery was on TV, showcasing the last word in sixties style. The Stephens live in open plan luxury, so get the look by thinking of your house as a “space” rather than a series of rooms. Keeping couches and tables long and low will create this effect, and introducing bright colour pops with cushions and rugs in chatreuse, cobalt or burnt orange will magically make your living area look just like the one on the show. This way you can easily switch your colour accents when you get bored.