Make Your House a Holmes: Baker Street Designs Inspired by Sherlock

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Image: Luke Benjamen Kuhns

I’ll admit it: I am a fan of television. And, as a fan of television, I’m among those who feel that there is more and more quality television these days. One of the things that I always look for from my favorite shows is interior design inspiration that can be used in everyday life. Now that there are two quality series about Sherlock Holmes – BBC America’s “Sherlock” and CBS’s “Elementary – the décor used on those shows provide plenty of fodder for unusual and creative designs.

Mix it Up

How to Make Your House a Holmes on the Interior CollectiveImage: Karin Woywod

One of the primary ideas demonstrated through the designs on both shows is that Mr. Holmes’ quiet, internal deduction process is counterbalanced by riotously eclectic decor in his surroundings. Along with the character’s need for constant sensory input, and you see an amazing mix of styles and items, such as is shown here. Flocked wallpaper, various furniture pieces, a layered acrylic skull art piece, along with a cardboard box, diverse lamps, and a spray-painted smiley-face (well-known decorations in this space that are not seen in this image)—disparate items thrown together that all somehow also work together. I think it’s because these things show us who Sherlock Holmes is on a basic level—which is what good décor should be about, really.

Nod to Tradition

How to Make Your House a Holmes on the Interior CollectiveImages: (left) Liberal Values (right) Sherlockology

This behind-the-scenes photo of the “Sherlock” kitchen (above right) isn’t glamorous, but neither is the kitchen in this on-screen version of 221-B Baker Street. This kitchen is used more to store medical specimens than it is to create meals, so it makes sense that there would be an industrial vibe to the space—a style that I’d be happy to emulate in any modern kitchen, with a few tweaks for cleanliness and appeal. For example, the multiple tones of green subway tile used here would look terrific as a backsplash in my own kitchen.

Function over Form

How to Make Your House a Holmes on the Interior CollectiveImage: David M. Russell

The interiors of the New York City brownstone used in “Elementary” serve mostly as a workspace, allowing Sherlock to get his work done at any time, without stopping, and in every room of the structure. With that in mind, the only real reason for any furnishing or fixture is functional, so we see combinations of traditional wingback and mid-century modern chairs in the same space.

Add a Dash of Design

How to Make Your House a Holmes on the Interior CollectiveImage: MCM Nerd

Part of the message received from this photo of the “Elementary” set is that functional pieces don’t have to eschew high design. Shown here are a Strut table from Blu Dot and a lamp from Serge Mouille. It doesn’t take a Sherlock Holmes to figure out that most of us would love to have those as part of our own décor.

What television shows do you get interior design ideas from?

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of JapaneseTrash.com, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite (ruraltheory.com) and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (thenovogratz.com), Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.