The decor on the set of HBO’s series True Blood has changed dramatically from its humble beginnings in Season One. Set designer Daniel Bradford and production designer Suzuki Ingerslev have taken the set from country chic to dazzling and grandiose. Check out our favorite looks:
Salome’s Boudoir, Season 5
New to Season 5 of the show, Salome is an ancient character from the new testament. The Bible depicts her as a dangerous and seductive female, which is a perfect description of her character in True Blood. Her boudoir is sensuous and stunning, featuring an elevated bed enveloped in shimmering gold drapery and chinoiserie bedding. The room has an exotic yet Art Deco feeling, with exaggerated luxury from floor to ceiling. “We were for a set that would be intimate and highly sexual,” describes Ingerslev (LA Times). The walls glisten with a gold grasscloth wallpaper and pop with mural panels of Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon, while wood frame armchairs with Greek Key cushions offer scaled-down pattern.
Bill Compton’s Home, Season 1
In Season One Bill’s home in Bon Temps looks worn from years of neglect. Peeling paint, gauzy drapes, and a wine-red velvet sofa create a ghostly feeling in the space.
Bill’s Compton’s Home, Season 4
At this point in the series, Bill has become Vampire King of Louisiana, and his home reflects his new-found authority.
Truly the star of Bill’s house, the bedroom reflects a sumptuous, sexy masculinity with a leather upholstered headboard, grey silk throw pillows in a variety of sizes, geometric patterns, strong striped bedding, and a pop of red. The Moroccan-esque dark trellis wallpaper, apparently a hot topic amongst avid viewers, gives the room a well-traveled feeling.
The foyer has a luxe and elegant ambience, with old and new aspects. Standouts include the classic chandelier that is surrounded by a rusted iron sphere, the copper metallic wallpaper, and the zebra skin rug. “We want audiences to feel his worldliness and quiet power,” says Ingerslev (LA Times).
The Living Room
Because Bill’s foyer leads directly into his living room, the color palette is similar. Although the shades in the space are neutral, the many textures in the room like suede and wool provide cozy dimension. We also see the same cream drapes in the living room as we did in Bill’s office. Get the look by attaching border trim in four horizontal lines about 1/4 of the way up the drapes.
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