In the realm of film and television, the job of a set decorator is to source, design, and sometimes create the items that dress a set. They make sure that every object—from the furniture to the forks—is working in harmony to create a sense of place and character. Whether their mission is to deck out a tasteful California home, a Regency ballroom, or a haunted Gothic mansion, a set decorator’s specialty is making any set of circumstances come to life. But how do they approach decorating their own homes, when they’re free from having to follow a director’s vision? We spoke with four of the film industry’s most in-demand artists to get some easily applicable advice.
Start with a single key piece.
The whole idea for a particular room may come from one piece that you really love—and that doesn’t have to be a dominant piece of furniture or a