The star of Netflix’s latest hit series The Queen’s Gambit is a fictional chess champion known as Beth Harmon (played delightfully by Anya Taylor-Joy, who also starred in one of this year’s most stunning films, Emma), but if you ask us, our focus is on the grandmillennial-style decor of Beth’s 1960s home, and you surely can’t blame us. Expect to see vibrant patterned wallpapers a plenty, a dreamy floral canopy bed, a classic sunburst mirror, and a cozy teal velvet chair, just to name a few pieces that struck our fancy.
*Some spoilers ahead!*
Before we explore the decor even further, let’s survey the charming house itself. We first see this abode in episode two of The Queen’s Gambit, where it serves as home to Beth and her adoptive parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wheatley. In real life, the house is a residential property located in Cambridge, Ontario (even though it’s meant to be in Kentucky in the series). When we see the exterior of this home as it appears in The Queen’s Gambit, it seems to be painted a very light blue. However, in a recent YouTube video from Canadian real estate photography company Visual Advantage, the home takes on a different look: a stark white exterior color. Noticeably absent is the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air that we see in the driveway in the show, but the home is still endearing nonetheless.
As for the home’s interiors, Beth’s bedroom is certainly the main attraction when it comes to decor inspiration. This room is the most quintessential grandmillennial space that this house has to offer, and we immediately want to redecorate our own bedrooms with floral walls and a canopy bed. Sure, this decor is meant to be specific to the late 1950s/early 1960s, but great design is timeless, and there’s a reason why designers look to the past for inspiration. This room manages to maintain its pink color scheme while mixing prints and patterns everywhere you look: there’s the adorable pink plaid wallpaper, a bed with a pastel floral comforter and matching canopy, a light fixture filled with pink roses and bright green leaves, and a Louis XVI-style chair perfectly perched in the corner. When Mrs. Wheatley confirms to Beth that this is now her very own room, Beth—who had spent the last few years of her life in an orphanage— is amazed. Quite honestly, this is a dream bedroom for us, too!
Prefer your pink with a touch of blue for balance? Look no further than the Wheatley's bedroom, where walls, curtains, comforter, and lampshades are sheathed in a blue-and-white floral. The periwinkle headboard and sheets prove there's no shame in doubling up on your saturated hues.
Speaking of saturated hues, let's visit the living room, where we often see Mr. Wheatley or Mrs. Wheatley reading a newspaper or Mrs. Wheatley playing piano. This is the first room that Beth sees upon her first visit to her new home, and its teal color palette even matches her cardigan, which we would like to think is a good omen for Beth. You’ll notice a teal velvet armchair and matching sofa, patterned teal wallpaper, and a pair of teal curtains tied back, with a valence of the same fabric hanging above. For a pop of color other than teal, look no further than the red brick fireplace and a golden sunburst mirror atop, both of which are midcentury design elements that are still common in homes today.
Behind the living room is the entry hall of the Wheatley residence. It’s complete with pastel green and yellow plaid wallpaper on both the walls and the side of the staircase, which even features an olive green bannister and light yellow steps and balusters.
Clearly, Beth’s home in The Queen’s Gambit plays a starring role in its own right, and we definitely think it’s worthy of grandmasters and grandmillennials alike!
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