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“Outlander Paris Set Design” – How to Get The Look
Lots of excitement over the Season 2 Outlander Paris Set design created by Jon Gary Steel, a production designer and art director known for American History X, Cruel Intentions and The Dukes of Hazzard. The interiors were created on a Scottish sound stage. If you love Jamie and Claire’s apartment you are going to love this post and how you can get the look. There are lots of details and hard work involved in creating these sets. Here are some pictures which have been shared on the internet.
According to Steel, “We went with taupe-gray walls throughout the whole apartment because we didn’t want it to be jarring when characters walked from one room to another”. “But Paris was the most opulent place in the world at that time, so the colors I used are deep, dark, and rich.”
The small leaves on the moldings in Claire and Jamie’s living room were a point of contention. “Those made everybody crazy,” admits Steele. “They were expensive and difficult, and construction wanted me to get rid of them.” The attention to detail was not lost on Balfe and Heughan. “When they walked in for the first time, they both said, ‘Oh my God, we love our apartment!’”
Outlander’s designers created multipurpose sets; the dining room also serves as the bedroom (the wall panels are switched out). The size of the dining room was determined by 20 guests to be seated at the table.
“We had to make it look completely different, so all the panels change from damask to velvet, different books come in, and tapestries are utilized,” says Steele of the dining room to bedroom transformation. He had 150 feet of linear tapestries brought in from Luxembourg. Says Steele, “I wanted it to seem really rich, and only the rich would have tapestries.”
How To Get The Look of the Outlander Paris Set Design
The Wall Panels
Louis XIV Corner Ornament – I read on the production crews’ twitter feed that the corners were cast by them. The original composition ornament is sold by Decorators Supply.
The Wall Panel Moulding
Sounds like the production crew used composition leaves for the wall panel moulding. It is time consuming. The advantage is you can choose the spacing for the leaves and the style and size moulding. I used Decorators Supply poplar moulding and composition leaves for this wall panel project.
Poplar Panel Moulding #9927A
Composition Louis XV Leaves #6613 You will need right and left leaves.
We painted the moulding and applied gold leaf. The leaves were also painted and glazed. We used a microwave to heat the composition leaves and quickly slumped them to a working length of moulding.
Use a soft cloth to help slump the leaves to fit the moulding.
Another method is to heat the leaves with a hair dryer. It is not as quick as the microwave.
We used tape to mark the spacing for our leaves. Use Adhesive caulk to attach the formed leaves to the moulding.
Finished closeup of our panel moulding.
In the bedroom this was the moulding for the inside panel which frames velvet. The dining room panels frame damask. Beaux-Arts Classic Products offers a fabulous damask hand painted canvas panel. Not only is the damask design excellent. You can have it hand painted in any color palette. This means no time consuming search to find the right color and damask pattern for your decor. Also you can order the canvas in any size. So there will be no seams like you would have with wallpaper. The damask is painted on enhanced canvas that is installed like any wallcovering.
The outside panel moulding is at least a 3″ wide profile. White River offers great profiles to choose from in poplar.
The Living Room has the above moulding in narrow panels without the wider moulding and pilasters with ornamentation.
Capitol from Pearlworks available in several sizes.
Decorators Supply Corinthian capital is the best quality. They are carved wood with composition ornament. They also offer them in plaster which are less expensive. This looks like the one Outlander used.
Ornamentation for the Pilasters.
Decorators Supply Oval Empire Rosette $53.60
Decorators Supply French Renaissance Vertical Design $53.60
Not only do we have the look for creating our own Outlander Paris apartment, I even have the fireplace log catcher. Mine is silver.
The Paris exteriors were filmed in Prague. Some Scottish castles and gardens filled in for Versailles, including the famous Drummond gardens and the fabulous Wilton House.
The scene used for the party at Versailles was shot on location at the bridge at Wilton Palace in southern England.
Wilton House and Wilton Bridge
Path to Wilton Bridge from the house.
“I wanted to make it ornate and over the top,” says Steele. The urns, ivy, latticed screens, and chandelier were brought in to add dimension and a sense of opulence.
If you have seen a few of the following movies, then you have been to Wilton House: The Music Lover, Barry Lyndon, Scandal, The Madness of King George, Sense & Sensibility, Mrs. Brown, The Young Victoria, The Crossing, and any number of TV shows in Britain like The Antique Roadshow. That Outlander would choose to film at Wilton House is no surprise.
The stunning Main State Room – The Double Cube Room which measures 60’ x 30’ x 30’ was used for the Versailles party.
The unmistable ornament of the Double Cube Stateroom. See my Blog about the Wilton House and the Double Cube Stateroom.
The view out the window shows fireworks in a scene that was actually filmed at Drummond Gardens and then superimposed by special effects here, outside the window.
If you are not a DIY person and feel like you need help, Beaux-Arts offers Ornamentation Design Services.
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