Get the look: Romeo + Juliet

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Get the look: Romeo + Juliet // Interior inspiration from Baz Luhrmann's 1996 masterpiece

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 while back I wrote this post reuniting my love for movies and interior, and it certainly had me craving for more.  There’s something really satisfying about analyzing the design of a movie and translating it to 2015. To me, at least, I guess I’m just nerdy like that. Because it can’t be all Wes Anderson all the time (can it?), I thought I’d focus on one of my other favorite directors of all time: Baz Luhrmann. And the movie that made me fall in love with his work and Leonardo DiCaprio as a pre-teen: Romeo + Juliet.

Get the look: Romeo + Juliet // Interior inspiration from Baz Luhrmann's 1996 masterpiece - Claire Danes

I’m probably going to make some of you (and myself) feel very old pointing out this particular masterpiece will celebrate its 20th birthday next year. I’ve always been a fan of the modern day shakespeare interpretation, and as a teenager I must have watched it a million times. I watched it so much started developing an interest for all things Shakespeare at the time and I still know the script by heart. (Who ever said TV is bad for kids?)Get the look: Romeo + Juliet // Interior inspiration from Baz Luhrmann's 1996 masterpiece - Leonardo Dicaprio

This particular world Luhrmann created enchanted me because of its tragic story on one hand, but what struck me most was the visual beauty. A world like none I had ever seen on my cherished small screen. The drama, colors, the details, the kitsch. I could not get enough.

Let’s have a look at the wonderful job done by set decorator Brigitte Broch, art director Doug Hardwick and last but not least production designer Catherine Martin. If you’re not familiar with Catherine Martin, do look her up.  She’s Luhrmann’s multitalented wife and longtime collaborator, and I absolutely adore her work. Get the look: Romeo + Juliet // Interior inspiration from Baz Luhrmann's 1996 masterpiece - Tybalt at the gas station shooting

Get the look: Romeo + Juliet // Interior inspiration from Baz Luhrmann's 1996 masterpiece - Romeo and Mercutio

Get the look: Romeo + Juliet // Interior inspiration from Baz Luhrmann's 1996 masterpiece - fishtank scene
Get the look: Romeo + Juliet // Interior inspiration from Baz Luhrmann's 1996 masterpiece - Juliet's bedroom

Get the look: Romeo + Juliet // Interior inspiration from Baz Luhrmann's 1996 masterpiece - Capulet

Get the look: Romeo + Juliet // Interior inspiration from Baz Luhrmann's 1996 masterpiece - Capulet

Get the look: Romeo + Juliet // Interior inspiration from Baz Luhrmann's 1996 masterpiece

Get the look: Romeo + Juliet // Interior inspiration from Baz Luhrmann's 1996 masterpiece - The Pastor's tattoo

Get the look: Romeo + Juliet // Interior inspiration from Baz Luhrmann's 1996 masterpiece - Montague

 


1. Play with light.

Get the look: Romeo + Juliet // Interior inspiration from Baz Luhrmann's 1996 masterpiece - Light

What better to set a romantic mood than candlelight, warm sunlight, morning light? This movie takes it to the next level with neon, more candles than you can count and even a lit up fishtank, yes.  Best not to go as overboard with the candles like in the end sequence. Quite the fire hazard.

 

2. Old world charm.

Get the look: Romeo + Juliet // Interior inspiration from Baz Luhrmann's 1996 masterpiece - Old world charm

Although the city of Verona in this tale is far from Italian, we do encounter many things that remind of Italian opulence In the house of Capulet and the church scenes. From the classic furniture to the marble statues and the kitschy fishtank.

 

3. Religious iconography.

Get the look: Romeo + Juliet // Interior inspiration from Baz Luhrmann's 1996 masterpiece - Religious Iconography

Maybe closely interlaced with the Italian theme, but the religious icons are everywhere in this movie. My favourite being Tybalt’s vest.

 

4. Miami meets Mexico.

Get the look: Romeo + Juliet // Interior inspiration from Baz Luhrmann's 1996 masterpiece - Miami meets Mexico

As I said before, this version of fair Verona doesn’t really resemble Italy that much. It did always remind me of images of Mexico city and Miami. The colors, the cars, the details. When I started looking into this, I discovered I was on the right track, most of the movie was shot in Mexico City and Veracruz.

 

5. Colour & material inspiration:

Get the look: Romeo + Juliet // Interior inspiration from Baz Luhrmann's 1996 masterpiece - Color palette

Shades of blue //White linnen //Italian marble for an old world touch //blood red// Yellow //Paper

Get the look: Romeo + Juliet // Interior inspiration from Baz Luhrmann's 1996 masterpiece - Get the look

1. Teal pillow  & Velvet yellow pillow// 2. Sage chair // 3.Vintage virgin Mary //4. Tin hearts// 5. Dyptique candle // 6. Jewelry box // 7. Vintage rug // 8. Modern marble lamp // 9. gold mirror  // 10. Palm houseplant for a tropical vibe// 11. Neon sign (for example here)

 

 All images (c) 20th Century Fox

P.S.:  If you’re not quite satisfied yet, do watch this video in which Baz looks back on the making of Romeo + Juliet and tells the reporter why he owes Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli a bottle of champagne!

 

4 Comments
  • Laura
    October 12, 2015

    Weeral zo’n héérlijke post, Patricia! Ik hou van je oog voor detail en je gave om het telkens nét dat tikkeltje anders te doen (zowel qua blogposts als kledij als anything eigenlijk). En Romeo + Juliet, what can I say… Ben als pre-teen ook verliefd geweest op die film (en op Moulin Rouge!)…

    • Patricia
      October 13, 2015

      Zo’n lieve comment. 🙂 Soms denk ik dat ik rare kronkels heb en dit soort posts eigenlijk niemand interesseert 😉 Dus dat doet heel erg deugd om te lezen. En jaaaa Moulin Rouge! Heb ik ook meerdere keren in de cinema gezien, zo’n prachtfilm!

  • Hannelore
    October 13, 2015

    Kan je geloven dat ik hem nooit gezien? Ik maak er snel werk van, ben heel nieuwsgierig nu! En zalige posts, deze!

    • Patricia
      October 13, 2015

      Dank je 🙂 Zeker eens kijken dan inderdaad!

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