Silver Screen to Room: Color Palettes Inspired by ‘La La Land’

We’ve written about finding inspiration for room palettes on the runway, in natureand in your closet. Movies also can be a wonderful place to discover rich blends of colors you can apply to home decor. Take a peek at these scenes from La La Land paired with rooms that have a similar palette.

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1. Movie House

This shot of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone captures the glamour of attending a film screening in the days of old. Most of us don’t get so decked out to see a movie these days — at least not in the theaters I’ve attended lately. But wouldn’t it be nice if we did?

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The rich red color of the floating vanity pairs beautifully with the moody green walls. Low lighting creates a sense of hushed privacy.

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2. Embrace

The color palette for this scene is quite limited, allowing the light itself to become an important aspect of the shot.

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Room designer: Klopf Architecture

This room benefits from a similar light pouring in through the A-frame ceiling. The room echoes the dark brown of the movie scene’s backdrop, as well as the rose color of Stone’s shirt. The wood floor is reminiscent of the color of Stone’s hair.

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3. Jazz Club

This scene is quite muted in terms of its palette, made up nearly entirely of neutrals. The dark shade of the trumpeter’s suit and the reddish-brown hue of the brick wall draw the eye — as does the bit of Stone’s red straw peeking out.

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A pared-back palette of white, gray and brick channels the visually quiet vibe of the movie’s jazz club.

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4. City Stroll

Look at the attention to detail in this shot: The ocher color of Gosling’s tie reflects the color of the lamppost behind him, while Stone’s coral dress repeats the pink in the twilight sky. Gray also forms a major part of the palette, in the dark of the road and the lighter color of the fence on the left.

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Charcoal-colored painted cabinetry grounds this kitchen in much the same way that the road provides a gray anchor in the movie shot. Pops of coral parallel the color of Stone’s dress, while the wood floor approximates — yes, it’s not 100 percent — the ocher of Gosling’s tie. The dark wood door at the back of the room imitates Gosling’s hair; the paint color in that niche echoes the concrete balusters in the movie shot’s lower left.

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5. Bedroom Glow

This intimate scene includes a softly electric range of pinks, reds, lavenders and blues. The colors of the room and light decorate the actors — look at the strands of hot pink in their hair.

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This is a strong interpretation of the movie shot’s palette. Here, the colors — coral, as well as plum and an indigo-purple — vibrate with energy, though their intensity comes from the colors themselves rather than from the glow of an electric light.

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6. Screen Light

The cool intensity of blue light takes over this shot — a palette that paints the skin tones of the characters icier. Warm squares of peachy light in the background keep the shot from becoming glacial.

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A room need not showcase a large screen to get that blue glow. Here, lighting beneath the bar creates a similar effect. The warm tones of the wood and walls heat the color palette. Note that the green edge of the light fixture matches Stone’s dress.

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This may be the most gorgeous shot in the movie. Writer-director Damien Chazelle told The New York Times it was filmed during Los Angeles’ “magic hour.” Stone’s yellow dress makes the scene, but that red bag on the bench is pretty important too.

Your turn: Do you have a room that uses the colors from this photo as effectively? If so, we’d love to see it.

Written by Erin Carlyle •



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