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.
Many of the most pivotal moments in films have taken place inside the bedroom of a main or supporting character, with the room associated with rest and relaxation, giving audiences the most crucial glimpses into their personas, feelings and inner thoughts.
Taking this into account, the team at Otty, the bed experts, have pulled together some of the most iconic and timeless on-screen bedroom aesthetics in cinematic history, along with some expert tips on how to achieve the look in your own home.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
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.
It’s a hard task trying to find someone who has yet to watch one of the most iconic and quotable movies of all time. 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 with music lovers of ALL ages.
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 “Look at me, I’m Sandra Dee” after becoming increasingly frustrated at how innocent and different the character of Sandy is to her and her friends.
Audiences across the world adore the comical nature of the scene, and 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: Pink Pink Pink! 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.
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. With an active imagination and an insatiable desire to bring joy to others, Amelie sets herself on the personal mission of increasing 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 madness!
“On Wednesdays we wear pink” – one of the many classic Mean Girls lines that remains a huge part of our pop culture today.
Starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried, Mean Girls set the standard for mid-noughties high school chick flicks and certainly spoke to any young viewers who felt they didn’t fit in among their high school peers and classmates. The time-old theme of characters battling for acceptance and popularity in modern-day America won fans over around the globe, with the film grossing over $130 million and holding an 84% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Regina George’s bedroom is to the envy of teenage girls across the world, a pink palace that boasts immensely stylish interiors and even a balcony!
Otty Tip: You don’t need a mansion to achieve this extravagant look, adding fabrics to space will work wonders. Try adding some silk bed sheets to create an elegant, sophisticated feel.
Mamma Mia! (2001)
Another all-time musical favourite, Mamma Mia! grossed a whopping $602.9 million at the box office upon its theatrical release in 2008.
With an ensemble cast of Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Amanda Seyfried, the film whisks viewers away to the dreamy shores of Greece whilst enjoying Abba classics.
The house featured in the movie also provides many interior lovers 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.
Set in 1900s Paris, Moulin Rouge! is a jukebox musical starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor as doomed lovers Satine and Christian.
The film has become an iconic staple in popular culture, with Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya and Lil Kim recording the 2001 hit “Lady Marmalade” for the film’s hugely popular soundtrack.
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.
Bring It On (2001)
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, highlighting her excited feelings towards him and the new relationship.
Otty Tip: This bedroom screams teenage innocence and fun. The yellow walls and stuffed animals can create a calm, happy atmosphere in the space.
Try adding some bright colours – yellow, orange and pink-to create a warm, safe environment that will be sure to evoke nostalgic emotions.