“One person can change your life forever.” In the case of the 2001 French movie Amélie, a story about a quirky girl with charm to spare, the main character may do just that. If you desire to live a life similar to the unique heroine, consider transforming your dorm room into a French paradise with Amélie-inspired décor.
1. The Amélie Bedroom Replica
Amélie’s bedroom is the perfect place to start when looking for dorm décor. Amélie’s sense of style is certainly kitschy and “out there.” With bold red colors mixing with orange, purples, and greens, it’s not a style that can be pulled off easily. To make it work, look for a similar color scheme. For Amélie, it’s jewel tones. No color in her own bedroom is truly muted or even features a hint of pastels. Everything falls in the same bold category of color.
The most defining characteristic of her room is the ruby red walls. While you may not be able to paint your dorm room, you can create a similar backdrop using red window drapes or string red muslin fabric on your side of the room via a bed canopy. Alternatively, you can create the same color theme through buying red dorm bedding. For the metallic look, add gold or bronze spray painted doilies to the wall and add pictures of quirky, off beat wall art like Amélie’s dog and duck painting. Finally, add mixed match lamps, vintage style alarm clocks, and gold picture frames.
2. The Café Amélie Inspiration
The café in which Amélie works and does much of her good deeds is a place located in the heart of the bohemian Paris district of Montmartre. The neighborhood itself is known for its charming apartments featuring window flower baskets, cobblestone streets, and outdoor cafes everywhere you turn.
You can recreate the look of Amélie’s cafe in your own dorm bedroom by going full out Parisian charm. Again, think red. Red bed and towels, red carpet, red dorm seating options, etc. To level out the red, include accent items such as throw pillows, desk lamps, and work supplies in gold and white accent colors. Add a more café look with antique seating (such as an art deco chair or a repurposed trunk for storage).
3. Picture Perfect Collections
Of course, one of the central plots of Amélie concerns a young man and his love of reassembling destroyed pictures that were produced in photo booths. To pay homage to this concept, create your own photo wall. While you can actually visit a photo booth, you can mimic the visual appeal with a basic online photograph editing program.
4. Quirky Knickknacks
Decor pieces play a major role throughout the film, whether it’s through the paintings of animals observing the sleeping actress or Amelie stealing her father’s garden gnome to photograph it “around the world.” Bring the same personality by finding quirky knickknacks that have personal meaning to you.
Designing an Amélie themed dorm room doesn’t take much work, but does require a love of detail and attention. Each bit of Amélie’s story revolves around taking in the little things that make us happy and inspired. From bold colors to quirky details, recreating a beloved space out of your favorite mixed match treasures can create a rich look.