Inspired by all the ‘Accidentally Wes Anderson’ reels out there? No need to keep up the pretence you don’t mean it! Here’s how to create a Wes Anderson look for your home, completely intentionally. Nothing accidental about this look. No, siree.
A Wes Anderson aesthetic is so heavy on style, it’s actually fairly easy to recreate. In fact, the art of it is knowing when to hold back with this maximalist, whimsical look.
The overall feel you want is one of intended theatricality. Anderson’s sets and costumes always have that slight look of being ‘on stage’ rather than on film, with their handmade elements and slightly offbeat, faded energy. There’s also a big element of fun present, so you can afford to add accessories or patterns that are non-serious or are making a comment about the space.
Colour is certainly a huge part of the Wes Anderson Aesthetic, with his trademark muted shades and use of neutrals lifted by pops of vibrant colours that are almost part of the cast - think Steve Zissou’s red beanie. So choose a limited colour palette to begin with of maybe four or five toning shades and then add an Andersonesque element of surprise with an item in a highly saturated colour. It could be anything from a bright yellow armchair or a bubblegum pink standard lamp. This deviation from the colour palette is what Andersen uses to imbue an object with importance, and you can do the same in your room to highlight special areas you want to draw the eye to.
Equally important to this look is symmetry. There’s a sense of harmony in Anderson’s films that works in contrast to the darkness of the plots. We’re not suggesting you use a pair of matching lamps to distract from domestic discord, but hey - it’s cheaper than therapy! Tidy bookshelves, arranged visually rather than by theme, matching bedside tables or pairs of side tables either end of the sofa all create symmetry. And while we’re about it, you can use repetition in similar ways. Like a piece of artwork or a vase? Buy three. Anderson Aesthetic answered.
Once you’ve sorted the colour and the symmetry (and the having three of everything) think about adding a bit of texture and tone to your space with some of Wes’s favourite filmic tricks. Add some maximalist wallpaper a la Margot Tenenbaum and her zebras on a red background. Scatter a few fonts around, or print your own typographic artworks in Anderson’s fave font, Futura Bold. Fling a few items of ‘barley twist leg’ furniture about the space - his set designers say Anderson is mad for a barley twist leg, on tables, chairs or even lamp bases. And finally, sprinkle a little retro style around with a dial-up phone or a record player.
Ready to immerse yourself in Wes Anderson’s universe now? Here’s how to achieve some more specific Anderson Aesthetic looks…
The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The look: Colourful, fantastical faded glamour.
Then add: Retro tea sets, Louis Vuitton luggage, chandeliers, voile curtains in huge windows, an Art Deco drinks trolley.
The look: Whimsical adventure and childhood nostalgia.
Then add: Binoculars, an oil lamp, natural and nautical art, plaid blankets and wood panelling, a record player, scouting paraphernalia.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
The look: Quirky, nautical and laid-back.
Then add: Nautically themed accessories, maps and globes, battered leather armchairs, mid-century furniture, vintage bar stools, Jaguar Shark artwork.
The Royal Tenenbaums.
The look: Humorous, dramatic and with a global view. With zebras.
Then add: Velvet sofas, Turkish rugs, global artefacts, lots of framed artworks, bold animal wallpapers, a pink ‘princess’ phone.
The French Dispatch.
The look: Vintage French style, with added grittiness.
Then add: Dial up phones, desk lamps, industrial pendant lights, copper pans, huge mirrors.
We hope these handy tips and tricks have inspired you to look into Wes Anderson's whimsical filmography from a different angle and use it not just for pure cinematic pleasure but for interior inspiration too. Hey, everything's possible nowadays!
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