We love television and movies as much as the next guy. But we get particularly giddy when we get to pick apart the decor in search of deeper truths. Join us as we investigate the who, what, when and especially the why of interior design drama.
It’s important to mention that the first time I saw these bedrooms, I was a mere child myself. Kids’ bedrooms in television and movies were always a point of jealousy and inspiration for me. Jealousy because, of course, the set designer on the shows was more interested that the room look “cool” and reveal a deeper side of the character versus worrying about whether or not the hot pink color you so desperately wanted would be easy to paint over and convert into an office once you left for college (Thanks, MOM!). Inspiration because a designer with a huge budget was able to invoke the imagination of a child on such a larger scale. What would our rooms have looked like had we had endless money, a carpenter and no load-bearing walls? Would we have had a fire pole in the bedroom so that we never needed to used the stairs? Would we have had a bed that was also a trampoline? Would we have had…dare I dream…a dimmer switch for setting the mood of ghost-telling sessions during slumber parties?
Perhaps. But an endless budget might also have meant that we wouldn’t have felt the need to write Radiohead lyrics on our ceiling as a small gesture of rebellion against the practicality of the parental units imposed upon us. And who were we, really, without that rebellious streak?
Whatever may have happened to our bedrooms is beside the point. This is what did happen in kid’s TV show bedrooms that made us revere them so much …