Elle va changer ta vie... She will change your life. This is the motto of one of the highest-grossing French films in history and also one of the most beloved by audiences. It may be due to its positivity, its vintage Paris setting, its adult fairy tale style or the eccentricity of its characters, but whatever it is, it's a film to fall in love with and, for that to be entirely possible, it needed a set design and sets that matched the peculiar story. Since many have longed or longed to transfer something of Amélie's life to their lives, what better than the details of the decor. Stay tuned...
As eccentric as all the characters in the film are, the sets, locations and decorators are also eccentric. Shot almost entirely in the Montmartre street in Paris, the film has a vintage and retro, somewhat baroque feel in all the scenes. Streets, apartments, restaurants and stores with a vintage and curious style. Places where the furniture of the 60s and 70s and the wallpaper on all the walls abound.
If we start with Amélie Poulain's apartment, the air of the Paris of the Moulin Rouge is breathed in all the rooms. Retro wallpaper, baroque, in passionate colors like red or burgundy, antique furniture, stripped and lamps and details of flea market, very vintage. In his room, much imitated at home by fans of the film, a now famous wallpaper, a wrought iron bed and framed posters that came to life and spoke that are the artist Michael Sowa and that can be purchased for about 100 euros original, that yes, surely they will not speak to you. The bedding is romantic yet sensual, with silk and satin on the bedspread and sheets.
Going back to Michael Sowa's posters, their names are "Dog ear muffs" and "Bird with pearls" and you can buy them online, original or imitations if you want them to be cheaper.
You can also find similar wallpaper in stores like Papeles de los 70. Look at this baroque design, could it or could it not work for you? I think so. For the rest, you just have to find a common wrought iron bed and buy some antique lamp at the flea market or some flea market.
On the street, fairytale neighborhoods, pastel-colored houses with Amélie's red facade and blue windows. Cobblestone streets, very romantic settings and stores every two steps where flowers, freshly baked bread, sweets or perfumes are displayed in delicate windows or on improvised terraces outside.
Some of the places in the film were and still are real. This is the case of the restaurant or cafe "Les Deus Moulins", where Amélie worked as a waitress. A corner place in vintage style with a terrace where icons of furniture such as Thonet chairs recovered are one of the reasons why this place is already mythical. As a curiosity, the owner of the place was about to close it for little income before shooting the film. Evidently, thanks to Amélie's fame, not only did it not have to close, but it is now going gold as it has become one of the key stops on Amélie's Tour of Paris.
The other emblematic place is the store "Épicerie Collignon", a well-known greengrocer's store where most of the characters of the film are present. The way the merchandise and products are displayed is typically French.
If you just want to show that you are a fan of Amélie, you can also add simple decorative elements related to the film. Such is the case with this large-scale mural to decorate your bedroom or any other room and always remember your favorite character.
Although, in my opinion, it is a very overloaded style, you can always choose to add some decorative details that mimic as in the movie, but not all together, at the risk of creating too heavy and exaggerated environments. Notes of the 70's, romantic details, passion colors and, particular and original objects and complements, something kitsch...