How These TV and Broadway Rooms Could Inspire Design

A Broadway set designer and interior designers reveal how to bring ideas from the sets of 'Victoria,' 'Anastasia,' 'Riverdale' and other shows and musicals into your home.

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May 03, 2018
By: Lori Johnston and Marena Galluccio

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Photo By: Alexander Dodge

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Very 'Victoria'

A palace corridor lined with candelabras and an enormous runner with scrollwork is an ornate and appropriate setting for the royal couple in Masterpiece's "Victoria," with set design by Michael Howells Studio. You can invite opulence into today's rooms with skillful edits. If you are worried about the Victorian era being too heavy or dated for the 21st century, New York designer Keita Turner suggests adding touches in a more modern way. Pair candelabras, carved boxes and porcelain vases with other decorating styles, such as modern upholstered sofas and chairs. "Stay true to the principles of the Renaissance style, but nod to the era by only infusing a few elements of this rich style in fun, new colorways," says Turner, president and creative director of Keita Turner Design.

Period Piece(s)

Introduce touches of the style seen in the show, "Victoria," through furniture embellished with the richly decorated details of the period. Turner says those elements include hand carving with floral ornaments, heraldic animals and mythical creatures; metal and wood inlay, gilding and painting; intricate legs; textiles such as brocade, velvet and satin; and art and paintings in gilt frames.

From Broadway to Your Home

The Broadway set of the musical, "Anastasia," is inspired by the architecture of the Palace of Versailles, Russian palaces and the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, said set designer Alexander Dodge of Alexander Dodge Design. "We're seeing 1920s, Parisian-influenced designs throughout the industry right now and just like in the 'Anastasia' set, the style is grand and effortless," says Ashley Scott, co-founder of Scouted Home, an interior styling boutique in Los Angeles and Nashville. She adds that you can make a statement by placing an oversized arched mirror in your entry or above a mantel. Even take cues from the mood by replicating the cool-blue lighting with a projector or neon wall light. "It's a fun way to add modern whimsy to your space," she says.

'Anastasia' Adoration

Dodge, an award-winning set designer, says the walls look like stone or marble, they're actually painted in a pattern that looks like clouds moving across the sky. "There is a sort of fun takeaway," he says. "(It) lets the viewer experience things more with their own imagination." If you're mesmerized by the elegant and majestic "Anastasia" set, Turner suggests using symmetrical moldings, arches, columns, high windows and hand-carved friezes. If you don’t have a home with similar classical architectural elements but would like to achieve the aesthetics, consider faux painting these features on your walls, ceilings and doors, she says.

Sweet Style in 'She Loves Me'

The sugary art nouveau design of the parfumerie and star Laura Benanti's bedroom in Broadway's "She Loves Me" — not to mention her voice — made pink happen well before Millennial Pink. Designer Rockwell Group created the Tony Award-winning scenic design for the 2016 revival of the musical, which takes place in Budapest in the 1930s.

Archie Andrews' Industrial Music Room

It was once a garage, but now "Riverdale" character Archie Andrews' music space has a cool industrial and vintage vibe. The industrial trend is still very much in the works, says Berkeley Minkhorst, a designer with House of Nomad, based in Charlotte, N.C. She says a quick way to achieve this look is to swap out all metals for black metal and to use camel leather and exposed Edison bulbs. Then incorporate retro finds, such as a record player and accent lights. "Layering in some vintage objects always elevates the look of a room," Minkhorst says. "It provides a story and something unexpected."

Cheryl Blossom's 'Riverdale' Statement Bedroom

An ornate tufted headboard seems fitting for queen bee Cheryl Blossom's bedroom in "Riverdale," the dark teen drama. But you can soften a space (and maybe a mean girl attitude?) with curvy lines, says Scouted Home's Scott. This headboard also adds a sculptural element to the design. Alice Cramer of Atlanta-based Alice Cramer Interiors also notes that one element that looks fabulous on stage, on camera and in the home, is great lighting. The warm light from the bedside lamps is a must-have touch in any space, she says.

Floral Flair for Preppy Betty Cooper

Character Betty Cooper's bedroom in The CW Network's "Riverdale" is floral and feminine, complete with string lights and a window seat. "Wallpaper is back in a big way," Minkhorst says. It's embraced by all ages, with florals, geometric and other designs.

Luxury Living, Veronica Lodge-Style

Character Veronica Lodge's residence in the upscale Pembrooke on the CW Network's "Riverdale" has all the elements of style: tailored furnishings, coffered ceilings and art-filled walls. Don’t be afraid to "break up" a space by arranging different seating areas and gathering spots within a larger room, such as this one, Cramer says. Scouted Home's Scott adds that layering your home with different textures, such as silks and washed linens, adds cozy elegance.

Fearless Pink and Blue in 'Killing Eve'

The assassin Villanelle on BBC America's "Killing Eve," strikes a fashionable (and frightful pose) in her pink organza princess dress. Pink and blue typically are separated, but the set shows how the two play off each other, especially with these blue decor ideas and more ways to combine the two hues. You also can bring organza into room decor with draperies.

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