The Queen’s Gambit – 5 Fascinating Interiors From the Film Set

One thing I didn’t think I’d be captivated by when we watched the Queen’s Gambit recently was the interior design of the film set! I think I was a set designer in another life. Creating wonderful interior design schemes in a make-believe world where anything goes and rules are thrown out.

I have always been fascinated by interior design wherever I go or whatever I watch on TV. Often, I will choose a restaurant or café, not because of its menu, but because of its cleverly thought-out interiors drawing you in.

I love to be surrounded by beautiful designs whilst I’m sipping on a glass of champagne and taking a lot of inspiration for my own home. Some of my favorite interiors come from coffee shops with their industrial design and laid-back vibe. 

the grand hotel in brighton champane bar
One of my favorite restaurants and bars to go to is The Grand Hotel in Brighton. I love their cocktails but I mainly go for the interiors and location. It is, well, Grand! Image credit: grandbrighton.co.uk

When we watched The Queen’s Gambit, instead of being fascinated with the plot line or trying to brush up on my chess skills (I used to compete regularly in Chess tournaments when I was younger, that was until I found out about alcohol and boys. Such a cliché!)

I was mesmerized by the sets and loved their use of color, pattern, and classic furniture designs. 

the queen's gambit scene in the hallway

I loved all the use of colour and pattern and became fascinated with 1960s interior design so I thought I’d try to recreate some of the sets with a modern-day twist.

The Queen’s Gambit Interior Sets

The Queen’s Gambit production designer, Uli Hanisch, and film set decorator, Sabine Schaaf, really capitalized on the style and culture of the 1960s and it often provided a stunning backdrop to Beth’s intense chess games.

Whilst Beth was expertly whizzing her Rook around the chequered board, I’d be looking at the backdrop of the Aztek Palace in Mexico or the Las Vegas Hotel foyer.

The Queen's gambit set in Mexico

The 1960s was an age of Space and rebellion. 1960s interior design was all about modernism (which it was called at the time. We now tend to call it mid-century modernism), and using bright colors like orange, purple, and teal in patterned wallpaper and different pieces of furniture. 

Mid-century furniture with clean lines and curves appeared in every room and is still popular today! Each room would be a psychedelic blend of mismatched patterns and primary colors, floral prints, pop art, Eames chairs, Mary Quant and Andy Warhol.

I have taken several sets from The Queen’s Gambit and created mood boards of how we could incorporate the designs today.

a scene from the Queen's Gambit
Photograph by Charlie Gray / Netflix

Alma Wheatley’s Living Room

The Wheatley’s home in The Queen’s Gambit was filled with mid-century modern pieces and was over the top and maximalist.

Her living room was adorned with floral wallpaper, green velvet sofas and chairs, a feature fireplace with a starburst mirror, and ruffled curtains.  

Alma sat on a chair and Beth speaking to her out of a scene of The Queen's Gambit
Alma and Beth in the living room. Photo: PHIL BRAY/NETFLIX
Mr Wheatley sat in the living room in a scene from The Queen's Gambit
Mr Wheatley in the living room. Photo: PHIL BRAY/NETFLIX

This style of interior design today is called Grandmillennial. Introducing mid-century furniture to modern pieces is key to this look. Reclaimed furniture and second-hand vintage pieces sit alongside retro elements to give your room that “granny chic” look. 

I also loved the use of green throughout the series, it is hands down my favorite color. Dark green is such an easy color to use as it is very versatile and pairs up nicely with many colors, including pink, gold, mustard, and rust oranges. 

Grandmillenial mood board with mid century furniture and green velvet sofa

Alma Wheatley’s Bedroom

Alma’s bedroom is a floral pattern overload, draped from top to bottom in flowers. The wallpaper, bed linen, and cushions all had a floral theme. Even the lampshades matched the wallpaper.

Her bedroom in the Queen’s Gambit could only be described as Kitsch, with its overuse of pastel colors and patterns. 

Alma's bedroom from The Queen's Gambit
Oh! My eyes! Pastel pinks and blues can work together if you tone it down a little!

Now, I am one for floral print, but even I found it a bit too much. But, you could still recreate this room by keeping the floral wallpaper as a feature wall, using an oversized velvet headboard in similar colors, and introducing plain bedding to stop it from looking like a rose vomited all over the room.

You could add floral chairs, cushions, and rugs to still give it that Queen’s Gambit 1960s look.

pink and green floral wallpaper in an archway with panelling
How’s that for a floral feature wall? Image credit: Graham & Brown
kitsch pastel pink and blue bedroom mood board

Las Vegas Hotel

Beth and Alma soon find themselves in a Las Vegas Hotel where Beth is competing in the U.S. Chess Open and here, we are met with a riot of teal, turquoise, and gold.

The Las Vegas Hotel foyer was typical for the 1960s with parquet flooring, lots of gold, mid-century furniture, and pops of bright colors.

Las Vegas Hotel Foyer in the 1960s, scene from the Queen's gambit
The main foyer of the hotel at Las Vegas with its hanging dice and its undeniably mid-century armchairs. Photo: Uli Hanisch/Netflix

It is in Las Vegas that we really see the bold geometric prints and clashing colors of the 1960s come alive in geometric wallpaper patterns and prints.

The décor leans towards the Art Deco interior period with curves, modern materials, the use of gold, and shapes appearing in almost every design.

Beth in a hotel room
Beth with Townes in his hotel room, swanked by geometric prints galore. Photo: Netflix

Most of the décor cleverly gives a nod to the chess board with its chequered designs and grid-like patterns.

Las vegas hotel room with geometric wallpaper
Beth and Alma’s room had the same wallpaper with a dramatic dice partition giving it a nod to Las Vegas
green and gold geometric wallpaper in the bedroom
Dark and moody geometric prints. Image credit: Graham & Brown
art deco mood board for a bedroom

Mexico Hotel

Beth and Alma travel to the Aztek Palace next so Beth can take part in an international chess tournament in Mexico City. This is initially where my idea for a blog post began and was definitely one of my favorite sets.

We were being showcased a riot of wild jungle wallpaper, palm leaf headboards and pinks, and greens working harmoniously together with its eclectically tropical interior designs.

Beth from the Queen's Gambit in a hotel foyer
Image: Netflix

There was a lot of rattan furniture, glass dividers, block-coloured rugs, and indoor palm trees. The geometric rugs and paned glass were typical in 1960s interior design. 

beth playing chess
Beth playing Borgov in Mexico. Image: Netflix
eclectic tropical mood boar dor the living room

Paris Hotel Room

As you would expect to happen in Paris, the décor takes it down a notch or two and has an air of sophistication. Gone are the large and loud geometric prints, as the decor takes on a calmer vibe. 

Here we see an introduction to Art Nouveau with luxury button-backed furniture, linens, over-the-top drapes, abstract artwork, and floral wallpaper.

parisian hotel room in the 1960s
Photo: Uli Hanisch/Netflix

As Beth appears to be growing up in front of our eyes, so does the décor with opulent and decorative art, curved furniture, floral and leaf patterns, and a more sophisticated color palette.  

Beth playing chess in Paris
Drinking tea and practicing her game, before she foolishly throws it all away for a bender! Photo: Uli Hanisch/Netflix
art noveau inspired mood board for the bedroom

Inspired by The Queen’s Gambit?

And last, but not least, I couldn’t end this blog post without adding a chess board and inspired accessories! Checkerboard print became hugely popular after the series with it appearing on fashion catwalks and in the home. 

I already have my chessboard on order…

chess set from amazon
Chess set – Amazon

Black and white checked flooring is making a huge comeback at the moment, with it popularising hallways and bathrooms.  The monochrome nature of this checked flooring means it works with any color scheme and can be placed in any room. 

bathroom with stand alone roll top bath, checked tiled flooring and pink chair
Beautiful chequered floor tiles. Image credit: Walls & Floors
geometric monochrome tiles on a bar with black bar stools
Retromix cube patterned tiles – London Tile
olive green walls and white panelling in a hallway with archway through to a library and checked flooring
Sophisticated hallway with marble black and white tiles. Image credit: @hornsby_style

We thoroughly enjoyed watching The Queen’s Gambit and in particular, I loved seeing all the sets of the 1960s come to life. There are so many designs that are used in modern decor, from checked flooring to mid-century furniture.

The 1960s played a huge part in how we decorate our homes today.  Which interior set was your favorite?

interior design from the queen's gambit

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  1. Netflix’s Queen Gambit sets, locations throughout the 1960’s are great. Hope to see more of those styles in future interior trends & Inspiration.

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