Thirties Interior Inspiration For 2020 Homes

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Julian Day's costumes may be the talking point of the latest Rebecca adaptation, but it's the interiors that set our hearts racing...

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Lilt James in Monte Carlo hotel room

Rebecca (2020) Lily James as Mrs. De Winter. Stills: Kerry Brown; Netflix

The 2020 challenge to Alfred Hitchcock’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca received a mixed reception – but one thing we can all agree on at Country & Town House HQ is the mastery of the set design. Segueing from the technicolour 1930s grandeur of the French Riviera to du Maurier’s beloved Cornwall, the ornamented terraces of Monte Carlo give way to the atmospheric and ghostly setting of Manderley, the perfect mise-en-scéne for a suffocating onset of tension. Mirrored halls, tactile velvets, steely palettes of greys and blues and dramatic flourishes of Thirties glamour (fringed velvet lampshades and acres of satin sheets) at every turn provide inspiration aplenty. If it all set your heart racing: here’s how to recreate some of it in your own home.

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Interiors Inspiration: 1930s Glamour

Rebecca's blue and silver room at Manderley

Rebecca (2020). Stills: Kerry Brown; Netflix

The atmospheric set design for the 2020 Netflix adaptation of Du Maurier’s novel: aquatic eau de nil and icy silvers weave together in Rebecca’s ghostly boudoir.

Hubert and Poyet thirties seating area with Art Deco wall panels and green and orange velvet seating

Humbert & Poyet, Paris

Leaning slightly towards earlier Art Nouveau influences at the turn of the century, there’s still plenty of detail by French architectural practice Humbert & Poyet in this project to commend it for a 1930s interior – monochrome fan tiling, rich greens and oranges and soft, languorous furniture curves in velvet to name just a few.

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Grey and gold bedroom with chandelier

Stéphanie Coutas, Trocadero

In this private home in the Trocadero, interior designer Stéphanie Coutas mastered the boudoir of dreams. Silk carpets by Ambadi Enterprises Ltd, Louis XIV armchair by Collinet, custom ceiling mirror by SC Edition and Chanel two branch wall lights by Italamp.

Four glass perfume bottles on mirrored dressing table

Stéphanie Coutas, Place des États-Unis

Recreate your own Thirties style dressing table by combining smaller crystal decanters with perfume bottles, antiqued mirrored surfaces and vintage mismatched stoppers.

Art Deco style restaurant with atrium ceiling and Art Deco wall panels

Humbert & Poyet, Paris

For the Beefbar in Paris, Humbert & Poyet blended materials inspired by Art Nouveau brasseries – green tons and pattern loaded carpets – with Art Deco-feel marble, etched walls, aged and faceted mirrors, lacquered walnut and brass fittings.


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