Apartment sets have been the stage for some of the most memorable scenes in television history. From proposals to interventions, these are the places where we watch the characters we love live out their lives, so it’s no wonder so many of us wished our own apartments looked just like them! From Monica’s eclectic place in Friends to Sherlock’s cosy flat at 221b, we’ve taken a look at what makes these sets so wonderful and how you can add a touch of TV style to your own home.
The Big Bang Theory: Leonard and Sheldon’s Apartment
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If watching Star Wars marathons and eating Chinese takeaway is a pastime of yours, then you need the perfect place to do it. Why not take some inspiration from Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment? It may seem like your average guys’ apartment with a fairly neutral colour scheme involving creams, browns and blues but look closer and you’ll see that it’s chocked full of nerdy décor and memorabilia. Our favourite picks are the Batman Cookie Jar (which is limited edition but can be found at auction) and the DNA model (you can get kits to build your very own!) A tan leather sofa finishes off the look and creates the perfect living room space to catch up with friends. Just make sure not to sit in Sheldon’s spot!
Friends: Monica’s Apartment
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From Joey getting a turkey stuck on his head to Chandler proposing to Monica, this eclectic New York apartment saw it all during the 10 years that Friends was on air. It has the perfect mix of clashing colours, mismatched furniture and comfy seating to make it the essential 90’s pad. So how can you incorporate a bit of Friends style into your own place? Colour is the biggest trick! Try using bold teals, mustard yellows and of course lilac in your paint scheme. Accessories are also key, try putting together mismatched chairs at your dining table and filling empty spaces with knick knacks and lamps. You can even get your hands on the same Jouets print Monica has above her TV!
How I Met Your Mother: The Apartment
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Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaave you met Ted? If so you might be pretty familiar with the colourful apartment which has played host to interventions, sword fights and even the infamous slap-bet during How I Met Your Mother’s 9 season run. Exposed brick walls and wooden floors give the apartment a truly Manhattan feel, but there are plenty of touches you can incorporate into your own place! Try adding colourful furniture in reds and yellows along with plenty of eclectic artwork and meaningful (as well as rather unusual) knick knacks – you can even find the exact same New York Central System poster online. Whatever you do to make your own apartment a little more HIMYM, we’re sure it’s gonna be LEGEN – wait for it – DARY!
Mad Men: Don Draper’s Apartment
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Man Men is known as one of the most stylish shows on TV right now, from fashion to interiors you just can’t help but get inspired by its fantastic retro look. Don Draper’s new Manhattan apartment is the perfect embodiment of 60’s interior style with its huge mix of colours and plush furniture. Why not try adding bright pops of yellow, teal and red in the form of cushions, cabinet fronts and even feature walls to your own home. Neutral wooden furniture will offset this perfectly, and darker, more orange woods are the best pick. No swinging pad is complete without plenty of seating for guests so we recommend bar counter stools and of course a chic black leather recliner.
Sherlock: Sherlock and John’s Apartment
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221b is the iconic London apartment of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson and acts a base for their detective work and blog writing – as well as Sherlock’s strange experiments (eyeballs in the microwave anyone?). The apartment itself is small, cosy and filled with comfortable furniture and unusual objects. The back wall features flock wallpaper (complete with yellow smiley face of course) and a plush leather sofa where Sherlock often lies when he’s bored. Using neutral tones like cream and brown with the occasional pop of blue, rich red or seafoam green is a good way to achieve 221b style. Dark wood furniture and mismatched plush armchairs also contribute to the look. Finally, adding some unusual ornaments and artwork is a great touch – we love Sherlock’s skull art which you can find online.
These graphics were designed by the team at Express Doors Direct, retailers of exterior bifold doors. If you use any of our tips in your own home, we’d be delighted to hear from you 🙂