There’s a chill in the air, Halloween is tomorrow, and the new season of Stranger Things just landed on Netflix. In other words, it’s the perfect time for a major binge session. But, if you’re anything like me, you need your space to have just the right atmosphere. I mean, if you’re going to be in the same room for twelve hours, it really ought to be part of the overall tv-show experience. With this in mind we designed the perfect space to stream Stranger Things all the way through. We even created a shopping list so you can get the look, too. And don’t worry, we promise there aren’t any spoilers ahead.
Retro Color Palette
If there’s one thing that defines the series, its Stranger Things’ retro Spielberg-influenced style. That carries over into the show’s interiors– they’re amazing time capsules to 1980s nostalgia. We tried to channel that feel with colors and textures reminiscent of the period. That means avocado and olive greens, a dark wallpaper that feels just a little bit sinister, black accessories, warm brown leather, all accented with brass and wood that keep the space dark and cozy (and hopefully less of a rift to the Upside Down than the Byers’ living room).
Light in the Dark
As we all know, in the first season of the show Joyce communicates with her son through a haphazard collection of Christmas lights. While our room definitely doesn’t have the same holiday-specific lighting, we wanted to make sure that should someone attempt to contact you via lightbulb, you’ll be able to answer. So, we included a bunch of different lighting sources- overhead, table lamps, floor lamps, even candles. Altogether, the multiple light sources create a cozy feel and help to illuminate those dark, spooky corners.
Stranger Things rekindles the kitschy joy of 1980s classics like the Goonies, so we included tons of fun art and accessories to bring that feel into the space. A gallery wall of show-themed art helps, but we also added some more subtle touches. A disembodied hand on the coffee table, a black anemone shape (reminiscent of the Demogorgon), and a live-edge coffee table bring fun, referential elements into the space.