15 Decorating Tips to Steal from Your Favorite Romantic Comedies
The best design ideas have been sitting under our noses the whole time.
Do you love Meg Ryan in all of her decidedly similar roles, from When Harry Met Sally toYou've Got Mail? Have you mastered the language of Nora Ephron and Nicholas Sparks? If the answer is yes, then you're in the right place, because we're talking rom-coms and interiors inspiration—two of our very favorite topics. There's a reason we can't get enough of these flicks, and it's not just for the riveting tension between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Turns out these stories of love and laughter also happen to be a hotbed of approachable design. In fact, Lonny staffers are sometimes more engrossed with the decor of Bridget Jones's London flat than we are with Hugh Grant's cheeky flirtation. We've even been known to steal some of those design ideas for use in our own apartments (we're looking at you, Nancy Meyers). So get cozy, queue up the Netflix, and read up on all the ways you can infiltrate the undeniable charm of the big screen in your very own home.
1. Mix-and-match your bedding
Didn't you hear: quilts are in again. Meg Ryan's character so artfully mastered the look of the pattern-clad bed in You've Got Mail, and so should you.
2. Install a Soaking Tub
Because when you're on vacation like Cameron Diaz in The Holiday, nothing says 'relax' like a nice bubble bath. Just spring for one a little bigger than this.
3. When in Doubt, add subway tile
If it's good for Diane Keaton's kitchen in Something's Gotta Give, then it's definitely good for us.
4. Go with classic colors
Blue-and-white is timeless on anything, from the exterior of that famous Southern home that's featured in The Notebook to your own.
5. hang a gallery wall
Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw re-designed her apartment with a collection of colorful art over the bed of her bachelorette pad.
6. Go nautical
If you're lucky enough to live in a cute seaside town like the one from Message in a Bottle, why not take advantage of the kitschy sailboats and seashells that only an East Coast beach house can pull off?
7. experiment with window treatments
Only a heroine of a romantic comedy, especially played by Meg Ryan in Kate & Leopold, can pull off lavender drapery.
8. White it Out
You know by now that all-white bathrooms are always en vogue, as showcased in Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's flick, Baby Mama.
9. show it off
Try showcasing your china, serveware, and pots, and pans on open shelving for a cool restaurant vibe, a lá the epic kitchen from It's Complicated.
10. Arrange Fresh Flowers
From the kitchen to the bedroom to the living room, fresh blooms are always appropriate—a sentiment that Nicole Kidman's Bewitched character is clearly on board with. And while we're at it, who needs a vase? In a pinch, a pitcher does the job.
11. play with color
A warm creamsicle hue on the walls of the traditional London townhouse from The Parent Trap feels warm and inviting.
12. Add a kitchen island
Maybe it was the lack of square-feet that led to the split between Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Anniston in The Breakup, but at least a butcher block kitchen island added a bit more counter space to their cramped quarters.
13. get cozy
No rom com-watching connoisseur will disagree with us on this one: plush, oversized white sofas—like these from Father of the Bride II—are the surest way to living room bliss.
14. pay attention to hallways
A foolproof trick for a welcoming entryway? Just throw some floral wallpaper and cherished family photos on the wall like the kooky clan from The Family Stone.
15. Channel your inner kid
Sometimes you have to say 'screw it,' and put up an indoor fort full of pillows and blankets. Cuddling up to Jude Law from The Holiday doesn't hurt, either.