Theatrical Elegance and Eclectic Charm: Exploring the Decor of Charles’ and Oliver’s Apartments in ‘Only Murders in the Building’

A few weeks ago, I promised a closer look for the apartments in Only Murders in the Building, along with suggestions for recreating the spaces in your own home. This was a fun project because the spaces I chose, Charles and Oliver’s apartments, have completely different vibes. Let’s start with Charles.  

Charles’ apartment exudes classic New York charm, with an ambiance that feels both timeless and sophisticated. The apartment is situated in the Arconia, a fictional but quintessentially New York building.  High ceilings, large windows, and intricate molding are key architectural features that give the space a grand yet cozy feel, characteristic of pre-war Manhattan apartments.

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Only murders in the Building Charles apartment kitchen hulu

The color palette of Charles’ apartment is muted and elegant, with deep blues, and greys but there are punches of color and pattern that add a lot of personality and depth to the space. The choice of colors and decor elements strikes a balance between sophistication and comfort, making the apartment feel lived-in and personal without being overly ornate.

Bookshelves filled with a diverse collection of books line the walls, indicating Charles’ love for reading and perhaps his interest in mystery and detective genres. Memorabilia from his acting career, including framed posters and awards, are displayed with pride but not ostentation. These items give viewers a glimpse into his past successes and his identity beyond the walls of his apartment. 

Charles apartment Only Murders in the building Den

Ultimately, Charles’ apartment is a sanctuary in the bustling city of New York. It is a place where he can retreat from the chaos of the outside world, reflect on his past, and find solace in familiar surroundings. The careful attention to detail in the decor not only makes the apartment visually appealing but also enriches the narrative, providing deeper insights into Charles’ character.

Oliver’s apartment stands out with its vibrant and eclectic decor. This space not only reflects Oliver’s flamboyant personality but is a textbook example of the layered maximalist style. His background as a Broadway director is evident in every corner of his apartment. The decor is theatrical and dramatic. Rich, bold colors dominate the space, with deep reds, purples, and golds creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. The use of such colors adds a sense of grandeur and opulence, reminiscent of a theater set, making his apartment a stage for his larger-than-life persona.

Only murders in the Building Olivers apartment foyer
Only murders in the Building Olivers apartment living room Hulu

Oliver’s apartment is a masterclass in eclectic decor. It features an array of vintage and contemporary pieces, each carefully chosen for its unique character and charm. From the mismatched furniture to the quirky accessories, every item tells a story. This eclectic mix mirrors Oliver’s unpredictable and imaginative nature, showcasing his flair for the dramatic and his love for the unexpected.

Despite its theatricality, Oliver’s apartment is undeniably cozy and lived-in. The apartment’s layout and furnishings are designed to facilitate social interactions, reflecting Oliver’s outgoing and sociable nature. It’s a space that feels welcoming and full of character, much like Oliver himself.

In “Only Murders in the Building,” the decor of  both Charles and Oliver’s apartments enrich the narrative by providing a vivid and intimate portrait of these colorful characters. It’s a place where the past meets the present, where art and life intersect, and where every corner has a story.

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