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Cinematically Inspired Design

Updated: Oct 31



A Cinematically Inspired Design Master Bedroom

Why do I take us to the cinema to learn about design?


Because they are MASTERS at design. Think about it - they are basically given 2 hours to tell us everything they want us to know about the characters who live there and to create a mood or set the tone of the film. So, they have learned to condense design down to have the greatest impact.




White Christmas - home to one of the most captivating inns of all time.

And, because of that, the design they create is timeless, because it isn't about what was current at the time. Rather it was designed to create a mood and tell us more about the people who live there - to fill in the blanks for us.




Knowing that, why wouldn't we want to borrow from their expertise for the design in our own homes? Why wouldn't we want timeless design that creates a mood and tells the story of the people that live there - the story of us, of our families?


Master Bedroom designed using Cinematically Inspired Design Principles

Rear Window 1954

Everyone has their favorite classic movies. And we don't just love them for the actors or the storyline - they usually have a feeling or mood that goes along with them. That's part of what connects us to the film on a deeper level.


Harry Potter - Gryffindor Commons Room

Set design plays a HUGE part in that. Whether we realize it or not, it's working hard in the background to set the tone of the film. It's part of what seeps into our brains, connecting us to the film on a much deeper level.


Father of the Bride 1991

When it's done well, it tells a story of the people who live there. It tells it brilliantly, with colors and artwork and hues and textures and lighting, scale and dramatic architectural features and even the specific placement of items. They have a large bag of tricks they pull from and they aren't shy about using them. And they work!


Christmas in Connecticut 1945

And, though all of those details may go over our heads while we watch a movie, they are a part of that intangible, almost mystical "thing" that gives the movie a special place in our hearts.


White Christmas 1954



Living Room using Cinematically Inspired Design Principles

What I do when I design a room or home, is take those very principles, those secrets from the cinema that make us fall in love with those movie homes and apply them to our own homes.


An earthy kitchen using Cinematically Inspired Design techniques

But, there is no intrigue in just copying a style. You don't want to copy a movie home verbatim . . . yawn. The question becomes - how did they achieve that look? that mood? What principles does the cinema know that I don't? How did they use them here? And, how can I bring that same magic into my own home?


Another Cinematically Inspired Design Kitchen

So, rather than copy a home from a movie, I study the elements and principles that are used in the cinema to evoke a feeling, create a mood, and tell a story of the family that lives there. And, in the process, create a timeless design.


Why not bring that into your own home?


A Cinematically Inspired Design Den

When I design a home, I'm always thinking about the family that lives there. What kind of feeling/mood/atmosphere makes sense for that family?


A kitchen created using Cinematically Inspired Design Principles

If we want our homes to create a mood, tell a story about the people that live there and remain timeless, why wouldn't we take cues from the people who make these incredible movie homes that do just that? It's a no-brainer. So, why isn't it being done?



A Cinematically Inspired Design Living Room


Well, now it is!

These principles are taught in every episode of Cinematically Inspired Design.


The Parent Trap 1961

If you look at the homes in classic movies, most have held up over time. You could step right into them today. Oh, you may change a wallpaper or a fabric on the sofa, but overall the design stands.


North by Northwest 1959

That's because they were working to create a mood and tell a story, rather than follow a design trend.


A Cinematically Inspired Design Master Bedroom and Bath

When I'm done with a room, my hope is that 10 years from now, no one will say - Oh, that must have been done in 2020, or in any certain year at all. And, I want each room to be full of character, almost as if it is part of a movie waiting to be filmed, and yet still be very livable. Timeless.


Living Room Designed using Cinematically Inspired Design Principles

Most importantly, I want it to tell a story of the people that live there, I want it to set a tone. That's what you can do in your own home!


Cinematically Inspired Design Kitchen

Think what story you want to tell about the people who live in your home. Think about what tone you'd like to set there, what mood you'd like to convey, what feelings you want attached to your design. Become the set designer of your own home.


A Master Bedroom using the techniques from Cinematically Inspired Design.

A Child's Bedroom, using Cinematically Inspired Design Principles.


And why shouldn't we live that way? The homes in classic films have stood the test of time. They don't follow trends; they transcend time. You can live in a home that, like the great movie homes, creates the mood and atmosphere you want to have there. That is what Cinematically Inspired Design is all about.


I bet by now you're getting it.


A Cinematically Inspired Design Master Bedroom

So, now all you need to do is learn how. That's what I'm here for.


The living room of a small 375 sq. ft. apartment, using Cinematically Inspired Design.


A Bathroom Designed using Cinematically Inspired Design Principles

A 375 sq ft Casita - created using Cinematically Inspired Design Techniques

If you want to learn how to work this cinematic magic in your own home, just watch episodes of my new show, "Cinematically Inspired Design." Click on the image below to take you there. I'll teach you how to easily bring these same principles into your home. It's not hard. You can do this!




Thanks for pulling back the curtain along with me and checking out what's going on backstage. For now, that's a wrap.








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