Now this is a story all about how a space got flipped, turned upside down. And we’d like to take a minute just sit right there, here’s how to style your home like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
For this round of Set Stylings, we’re taking inspiration from one of our favorite TV shows of the 1990s – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. This program was the start of rapper Will Smith’s illustrious acting career, and a family favorite in homes across America and beyond. The witty dialogue, hilarious characters, and endearing story of a young boy from Philly transplanted to the snooty surroundings of Bel-Air had us tuning in week after week to see what crazy scheme Will would cook up next!
The backdrop for Will’s adjustment to high-society, Carlton’s dancing, and Ashley’s adorable antics was the Bank Family’s beautiful mansion, styled with nods to traditional elegance, but plenty of modern comforts of the day. The living room set changed significantly between season one and the rest of the series – Transforming from a dark wood-heavy, classically styled space with an ornately patterned carpet, and a richly upholstered sofa to a significantly more modern space, with clean lines, plenty of pillows, and a distinctly 90s-kind of neutral palette.
We’ve broken down the details of the latter living room look, and share how to recreate the fresh-prince-vibe with a current collection of Joybird pieces.
The Banks’ living room has a bright and open feel, with a gorgeous curved staircase in the background and french doors that lead directly into what appears to be a lush backyard. The colonial-style window treatments and moldings are perfectly augmented with chic modern furniture.
The sofa exudes comfort with its deep cushions, giant rounded arms, and an assortment of colorful throw pillows in mismatched, tribal patterns. The cream upholstery keeps in line with the neutral walls, but despite its plush look, the sofa isn’t too wide, ensuring that the room maintains an open and uncluttered look. Our Rafferty Sofa in Merit Dove has a similar look and feel.
This gets paired with an unusual trio of sleek, cylinder-shaped tables that work together as a coffee table. By far the most modern element of the space, the tables have the look of concrete. Create this cool aesthetic with our Hugo Coffee Table, which has a similar industrial refinement.
A vital component of the design is the assortment of wall art – minimal, yet tasteful – the built-in hutch for books and vases, as well as the myriad of greenery filling in the corners of the room. Table lamps are modest, almost blending in with the other elements of the space, giving the room a very no-nonsense feel in its streamlined sophistication.