How To Make Your Apartment Look Like A Wes Anderson Film

    77 things to buy and what to do with them

    by Liz Riccardi · January 31, 2016

    Photo via Touchstone Pictures.

    Who doesn't want to live in a Wes Anderson film? It's a magical world: both eclectic and perfectly curated. Part nostalgia, part dollhouse, part world traveler, Anderson's sets are an integral part of his approach to visual storytelling and have become instantly recognizable and instantly enviable. We're not saying your apartment should look like a movie set...necessarily. But it's easy to bring a little W.A. quirk and charm to any room with a few key accessories and the right decorating approach. Read the tips below and click through the gallery above to shop home decor inspired by some of our favorite Wes Anderson films.


    1. Pick a color palette and stick to it. Every Wes Anderson movie has a distinct and memorable color story. 

    2. Collect and display. It doesn't matter where you are or where you've been, collecting any object and displaying it with care will elevate it and make it precious and give your space a sense of personal narrative and history. 

    3. Choose mundane objects carefully. Is your soap dispenser interesting?

    4. Consider a statement wallpaper.

    5. Frame your childhood art. 

    6. More is more: Vignettes can happen anywhere, books should be everywhere, and you can never have too many textures at play.

    7. Own some kind of "gear" and consider it home decor. Think: fishing nets, cameras, binoculars, or watercolor sets. Whatever your hobbies are, let your tools tell your story. 

    8. Definitely get a record player.

    Photos via Fox Searchlight Pictures.

    The Darjeeling Limited


    1. Alvine Spets, Lace Curtains, $12.99, available at Ikea.

    2. Taj Wall Mirror, $64.00, available at Urban Outfitters.

    3. Cher Pendant Light, $179.00, available at Urban Outfitters.

    4. Wild Beast Print, $35.00, available at

    5. Magical Thinking Open Eye Mirror, $69.00, available at Urban Outfitters.

    6. Lappljung Ruta, Rug, Low Pile, $99.00, available at Ikea.

    7. West Elm, Distressed Damask Wool Rug, Salmon, $249.00 - $1,079.00, available at West Elm.

    8. Aspen Bay Candles, Cosmic Crackle Candle, $12.00, available at Urban Outfitters.

    9. Sterling Wood Frame Sofa, $899.00, available at Urban Outfitters.

    10. Copper Stamped Mini Stool, $129.00, available at Urban Outfitters.

    11. Vintage Brass Candlestick Holders, $31.00, available on Etsy.

    12. Woodland Imports, three piece timeless trunk set, $249.99, available at

    Photos via Touchstone Pictures.

    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    1.  Tom Dixon, Elements Scent Air Diffuser, $115.00, available at Need Supply Co.

    2. Wood and Brass Ship Wheel, $59.99, available on Etsy.

    3. Vintage Oceanography Print, $14.50, available on Etsy.

    4. West Elm, Whale Bookends, $79.00, available at West Elm.

    5. Philips, 1970's Portable Casette Recorder, $27.89, available on Etsy.

    6. Hollywood Settee, $1,129.00, available at Urban Outfitters.

    7. Vintage Russian Alarm Clock, $37.99, available on Etsy.

    8. Mid Century Brass Pelican, $26.00, available on Etsy.

    9. West Elm, Speckled Egg Objects, $29.00, available at West Elm.

    10. PostalCo, Notebook A6 in Dark Blue, $18.00, available at Need Supply Co. 

    11. People People, Transparent Speaker, $850.00, available at Urban Outfitters.

    12. Glow-In-The-Dark Jellyfish Paperweight, $23.25, avaliable at AliExpress.

    13. Pottery Barn, Ludlow Bedside Table, $549.00, available at Pottery Barn.

    14. Long Teleidoscope, $57.00, availble on Etsy.


    Photo via Indian Paintbrush Pictures

    Moonrise Kingdom

    1. Vintage Don Freedman Macrame Wall Hanging, $295.00, available on Etsy.

    2. Well Receives, Wood and Marble Texture Set of Eight Textured Cards, $56.99, available at Need Supply Co.

    3. Crosley X UO, AV Room Geo Portable USB Vinyl Record Player, $169.00, available at Urban Outfitters.

    4. Hanging Butterfly Art Print, $39.00, available at Urban Outfitters.

    5. West Elm, Brass Arrows, $19.00, available at West Elm.

    6. Storsele, Chair High, Black, Rattan, $119.00, available Ikea.

    7. Woodland Snail Twilight II LED Night Light, $12.00, available at Urban Outfitters.

    8. West Elm, Woodland Trinket Dishes, $39.00, available at West Elm.

    9. Admirals Antique Brass Binoculars and Leather Case, $149.99, available at

    10. Fairbault Woolen Mill Co., Trapper Throw, $141.99, available at Need Supply Co. 

    11. 4040 Locust, Leather Sling Stool, $129.00, available at Urban Outfitters.

    12. Tree Stump Side Table, $180.00, available on Etsy.

    13. Monocle, Walnut Studiolo Travel Dominoe, $75.00, available at Need Supply Co. 


    Photos via Touchstone Pictures.

    The Royal Tenenbaums

    1. Zebra Masai Scalamandre Wallpaper, $41.30, available at

    2. Vintage French Brass Wall Sconces, $32.00, available at Etsy.

    3. West Elm, Gallery Frames - Gold Leaf, $27.00-$107.00, available at West Elm.

    4. Devine Color Peel and Stick Wallpaper, Stars Pattern - Sterling Metallic and White, $29.99, available at Target.

    5. Black Wood Mask, $49.00, available on Etsy.

    6. Plum & Bow, Hollywood Regency Floor Lamp, $129.00, available at Urban Outfitters.

    7. Pink Princess Telephone, $84.02, available at

    8. GrabLab, Model 300, 60 Minute Photography and Darkroom Timer, $129.95, available at

    9. Korg, Volca Keys Analog Synth Machine, $159.99, available at

    10. Venezula Kilm Sofa, $1,298.00, available at Urban Outfitters.

    11. Crosley X UO, Sterling Vinyl Record Player, $220.00, available at Urban Outfitters.

    12. 60's Cushion, $16.75, available on Etsy.

    13. Framebridge, online custom framing, price determined by size, available at Framebridge.

    14. Plum & Bow, Pineapple Table Lamp, $89.00, available at Urban Outfitters.

    Photos via Fox Searchlight Pictures.

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    1. Plum & Bow, Alba Sconce, $89.00, available at Urban Outfitters.

    2. Faux Taxidermied Deer Head, $45.00, available at Urban Outfitters.

    3. 4040 Locust, Metal Pipe Pendant Light, $149, available at Urban Outfitters.

    4. Vintage Brass Wall Clock, $122.73, available on Etsy.

    5. Yield Design, Metallic Print, $50.00, available at Need Supply Co. 

    6. Behr Home Decoratores Collection, Sherry Cream Zero VOC Satin Enamel Interior Paint, $26.96/gallon, available at Home Depot.

    7. Vintage Style Coupe Glasses, $20.00, available at Urban Outfitters.

    8. Vintage Brass Reindeer FIgurine, $12.00, available on Etsy.

    9. Yield Design, Geo Stand, $14.99, available at Need Supply Co.

    10. Stockholm, Sideboard, $449.00, available at Ikea.

    11. White Marble mAh Portable Power Charger, $58.00, available at Urban Outfitters.

    12. Crate & Barrel, Brenner Grape Purple Pillow, $44.95, available at Crate & Barrel.

    13. Restoration Hardware, Exotic Faux Fur Throw, Arctic White Mink, $99.00, available at Restoration Hardware.

    14. West Elm, Teardrop Ikat Kilim Rug, $139.00-$879.00, available at West Elm.

    15. Vintage Mid-century Brass Candlestick Centerpiece, $29.00, available on Etsy.

    16. Vintage Brass Stag Bookends, $120.00, available on Etsy.

    17. Vintage Bar Cart, $279.52, available on Etsy.

    18. Adum, Rug, High Pile, Bright Red, $59.99, available at Ikea.

    19. Pallra, Box With Lid, Light Pink, $9.99, available at Ikea.

    20. Abigail Glass Side Table, $129.00, available at Urban Outfitters.

    21. Browne-Foodservice, 3" Call Bell, $2.59, available at

    22. Iris Dome Lamp, $99.00, available at Urban Outfitters.

    23. Julie Swivel Chair, $549.00, available at Urban Outfitters.

    24. West Elm, Deco Marble Doorstop, $59.00, available at West Elm.

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