I would not describe myself as a cinephile, and I’ll quickly lose any film trivia contest, but as a designer and art lover, David Lynch’s films and TV projects are among my favorite visual experiences. Do I understand all their plotlines fully? No, no I do not (ahem, Lost Highway). But this has never bothered me.
Few filmmakers create worlds as mysteriously stylish and as instantly identifiable as Lynch. His sets are often clearly that, staged to perfection, but they are not mere backgrounds for the action. Rather, interiors play a starring role in his storytelling with a campy-meets-creepy vibe and dreamy—or often nightmarish—quality.
Certain motifs appear often: wood paneling, rotary phones, crimson lamp shades, and red drapes. Lynch settings make us feel both very nostalgic and very uneasy, a reflection of the themes often present in his work: the dark underbelly of picture-perfect suburbia and the revelation that things are decidedly not what they seem. This may not necessarily be a combination of feelings we’d like to evoke in our own homes (or, it might be...), but assuming our everyday lives are slightly less sinister than a Lynch storyline, we can find a ton of interior design inspiration in his work.
Scroll down for ideas on how to translate your favorite Lynch projects into home decor. As even his harshest critics have noted, if nothing else, the man has style.