With a plate full of cheesecake and a wall covered in banana leaves, we are celebrating one of our favorite shows and style icons – The Golden Girls. Because the 80s are enjoying some time in the interior design spotlight, we gave Blanche Devereaux’s bedroom a 21st century facelift.
To the untrained eye, if one were to look at Blanche’s bedroom today they might think it’s a little…over the top. The banana leaf comforter and walls. And drapes! The pink carpet! And pink chairs! And wicker everything! Blanche definitely wasn’t afraid of maximalism. But it’s maximalism with a very tropical boho flair (Dare we say she’s the original Jungalow queen?). It’s the Beverly Hills Hotel meets 1980s Miami in the best possible way.
Our original re-design of Blanche’s bedroom
While an exact replica of her bedroom today might be a bit much, there are elements of her bedroom that would beautifully translate into a modern home. We had a few of our designers dream up modern-day takes on Blanche’s bedroom—and let’s just say we’re ready to completely redesign our own with these ideas. While there’s no Golden Girls wallpaper or Blanche Devereaux bedding in sight, there are plenty of palm prints, wicker, and glam elements to be found! Come take a peek inside the rooms and learn how to get the look!
If You’re a Boho Blanche
This bedroom is a modern, boho take on Blanche Devereaux’s bedroom. (Like, if Anthropologie came out with a bedroom collection inspired by Blanche, it would look a lot like this.) It has a youthful, millennial vibe, with soft pinks making it a more inviting and soothing take on the original.
Of all the rooms in this blog post, this is the most literal take on Blanche’s style. But it’s definitely not an exact replica. Instead of going for banana leaf everything, we reinterpreted a tropical motif in the art and decor—from pillows to wall art, the rug with a pattern inspired by bamboo stalks, and even a real palm in the corner. Also: that chandelier. Talk about spunky and glam! Very Blanche, if we do say so.
Blanche was endlessly fabulous, so we also added some boho glam touches throughout the room to balance the tropical and natural moments, with the brass-capped side table, a velvet chair in a rich green, and the brass and lucite nightstand (which also happens to be a nod to 80s design).Shop This Room
If You Want to Bring the 80s Back
If Blanche Devereaux had a stylish niece or granddaughter, this is how she’d style her space. This is a more minimalist and trendy take on Blanche’s bedroom, but with some definite 80s vibes. Quite opposite of Blanche’s actual bedroom, this space has a lot of breathing room and has a minimal edge. We stripped down the design, got rid of all the frills and instead focused on the shapes and materials within the space, for a light and airy take on Blanche’s bedroom.
The retro shapes seen throughout the space—from the bed and mirror to the rug’s pattern and even the lamps and nightstands—are very much rooted in a 1980s take on Art Deco. The rug also brings some bold patterns and colors into the space, taking cues from the 80s but with a current, trendy lens.
Rattan was very big for Blanche, and those elements come through in subtle ways; we hinted at them in the nightstand and the basket at the foot of the bed. And you can’t forget the banana leaves. We opted for a palm print on the decorative pillows as the biggest moment of this but echoed that pattern through the use of actual palm leaves in the room and the trees in the wall art.Shop This Room
If You Love a Little Kitsch
This is a more transitional, comfortable take on Blanche Devereaux’s bedroom. While some may say it’s a “safe” way to bring her style to life, it certainly doesn’t lack personality! It’s simply a more mature and polished approach.
This comfortable, sturdy bed grounds the room, and it’s supplemented with nightstands in a similar style—a mix of mid-century, contemporary, and transitional styles. Definitely more straightforward pieces, it’s the rest of the furniture, decor, and color scheme that give this bedroom more personality.
The seagrass bench and rattan chair are more literal takes on Blanche’s style. But really, the whole space is anchored in the color palette of Blanche’s original bedroom. However, we toned down the colors and made them more subtle, and then integrated them throughout the space. But various shades throughout the green bedroom design really bring that Blanche vibe to life.
There are also hints of gold throughout the room, which brings in a touch of glam. As does the area rug, in a plush, velvet-esque material and rich green, which lends to that chic, glaminess of Blanche. And, breaking up the more demure vibe, the bamboo mirrors and the wrapped vase in the corner add to a kitschy tropical vibe, as do the various palm-print throw pillows.Shop This Room
If You’re Making Miami Moves
This bedroom definitely has that Miami vibe, with the boldest, most large-scale take on the banana leaf and palm prints. And the rattan bench, oversized rattan lamps, and solid pink textiles are a nod to both Blanche and the 80s. This is a modern Golden Girls bedroom if we’ve ever seen one.
Fun Fact: The banana leaf print that originally adorned Blanche’s bedroom was Don Loper’s 1942 Martinique version. He designed the wallpaper for the Fountain Coffee Room inside the Beverly Hills Hotel, where it still adorns the walls today.
But, to keep the space from skewing too 80s, we added a contemporary, streamlined bed frame to ground the space (but in a glam green to make a statement), along with the modern nightstands. The asymmetrical gallery wall also adds a contemporary touch while tying into the overall tropical boho theme of the room. And the chandelier adds a tropical glam vibe that is SO Blanche.Shop This Room
Golden Girls was a show about more than cheesecake and banana leafs. It shined the spotlight on social issues of its day, such as a group of women living together for financial reasons (something quite common today). The show also eloquently touched on issues such as female sexuality, gay rights, and life after marriage and children.
So thank you, Golden Girls, for being a friend (sorry, we had to) but thank you also for championing the message of women supporting women with humor and style.