Drawing style inspiration from an important story: The Perks of Being a Wallflower


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is one of my all time favorite books. It is such a good realistic story about high school and life from a unique perspective that I think is a very important one. It hits on lots of hard topics that are very relevant to our society and many are issues that can be taboo. Recently the book was adapted to a movie and I have to say, it was one of the best movies I have seen. It is by far the best book to movie adaptations ever. The movie truely did the book justice and the casting was wonderful. All of this is due to the fact that Stephen Chbosky (the book’s author) wrote the screen play and directed the film. This is such a great way to go about creating a movie based on a book because it turns out exactly how the author pictured it and meant for it to be.

A very important part of this story is the setting. It takes place in the 1990’s in America and is about this group of misfit teens who are very indie and quirky. They are sort of the hipsters before hipsters were a thing (haha so the ultimate hipsters in a sense). This style is shown strongly through the music (which plays a major part in the story line as well) and is properly dipected through the styling of the movie’s set and clothing. As a design and arts student it is those things that really draw my attention and are very important to me.

Interestingly enough, I came across an article in Apartment Therapy about “getting the look” from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I love that they broke down what made this movie have the feel that it did and the important features of it so that you could draw inspiration for your own space and style. The image above is of what they created as a guide to this style.

Below are some stills of the rooms of the two main characters of this wonderful story.



You can really see that the people over at Apartment Therapy did a good job reflecting these characters and their spaces in their inspiration board!

If you like the look of this, go out and see the movie and definitely read the book! 🙂

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