5 Movie Set Designs I Love and What Makes Them So Good

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Movie Set Designs I Love and What Makes Them So Good | Wit & Delight
Image of Norney Grange (The Dig movie set): Savills

I grew up with Turner Classic Movies playing in my childhood home. I watched Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Singin’ in the Rain, An American in Paris, and all the Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire films. They influenced so much of my life, all the way from my personal style to the way I decorate my home.

The films I’ve watched in my adult life have had a similar impact. As much as I fall for the actors bringing these stories to life, I also often find myself absorbed in the movie set designs created around them. WHO CREATED THIS WORLD, I still often wonder.

Today I’m sharing a look at five of the movie set designs I love most.

1. Call Me By Your Name

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Image: Giulio Ghirardi

There is so much to love about this film. First of all, the story breaks your heart it’s so beautiful. Then there’s the design. From the setting to the HOUSE to the al fresco meals to the pool… it’s all an absolute dream.

Image: Giulio Ghirardi

2. It’s Complicated

Movie Set Designs I Love and What Makes Them So Good | Wit & Delight
Image: Universal Pictures

This 2000s film is so hot on TikTok for two reasons:

1. Meryl Streep

The film is one of the influences for the “coastal grandmother” trend, which I relate to on a deep, deep level.

Image: Universal Pictures

3. Crazy Rich Asians

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

This movie is one I like to watch when I’m feeling sad and just need a big ole pick-me-up. Not only is it a great rom-com, but the sets are also over the top and absolutely GORGEOUS. Architectural Digest did a great rundown of how they achieved such lush and opulent sets. That wedding still lives in my mind, rent-free!

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

4. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Movie Set Designs I Love and What Makes Them So Good | Wit & Delight
Image: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Any one of Wes Anderson’s films makes this interior lover’s heart pound like a teen with a crush. They just do it for me. The set design in The Grand Budapest Hotel is in a league of its own, in my opinion. Who else could take pink, red, and purple and turn them into one of the most beautiful schemes in cinema?

Image: Fox Searchlight Pictures

5. The Dig

Image: Savills

I can admit that I haven’t seen this film yet BUT I have seen images of the home where it takes place. And wow. A key location for the film, Norney Grange, was built in the late 1800s and features a wood-paneled entrance, library, gorgeous fireplaces, and loads of period details. It’s beautiful, and I’ve heard great things about the film too.

Movie Set Designs I Love and What Makes Them So Good | Wit & Delight
Image: Savills

BY Kate Arends - June 13, 2022

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June 13, 2022 1:08 pm

Father of the Bride and About Time as well!

June 13, 2022 1:13 pm

Anatomy of a Scandal – the show was predictable but the set and wardrobe were 💯!

Katie S.
June 13, 2022 1:32 pm

Don’t forget Candy, the show on HBO! The ultra 70’s detail in every shot is incredible. Down to the pitcher of juice in the fridge they got it RIGHT.

Nicole Schoen
June 13, 2022 6:02 pm

Practical Magic is the one that does it for me!

Susan Birnie
June 13, 2022 11:17 pm
Reply to  Nicole Schoen

Love everything about the aesthetic of that film

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