Decorating a room in Indiana Jones style is about comfort and practicality taking precedent over appearance. This freewheeling style, while seeming overtly masculine with no attention paid to color scheme or order, can be adapted to living rooms, dens, outdoor rooms and bedrooms for youth and adults. It is rooted in the 1930s but has evolved through the 1950s. Indiana Jones' home is plainly decorated but bursting with many objects and books he has collected over his career as an adventurer and lecturer in archaeology. The trick is in displaying items artfully and almost carelessly.
Things You'll Need
- Paint, in cream and neutral shades
- Solid wood furniture
- Soft furnishings in unobtrusive fabric
- Wood or beige Venetian blinds
- Worn, patterned rugs
- Books and bookcases
- Collections of artifacts
- Leather whip
- Framed maps
- Wooden hat stand
Paint the walls cream and the baseboards either white or taupe. Indiana Jones style doesn't pay much attention to decor, using neutral colors as a background to display his treasured collections of artifacts and books.
Lift any floor coverings to expose the floor. Floors are preferably wood but good-quality laminate planks will be a good substitute. Failing these, seal and paint a concrete floor to look like granite tile.
Install wood blinds and plain drapes. Rugs should be good quality but worn, so scour flea markets and garage sales for suitable examples. Lighting is subdued, but work areas are well-lit with lamps. Indiana favored an open wood-burning fire back in the 1950s but, being a practical man, he would choose an enclosed, propane-fired version today.
Arrange furniture in a practical way. Classic pieces that will last a long time are preferred. Table, desk and cabinet tops are usually piled up with books and documents, such as antique maps and scrolls. Sofas are leather or covered in a neutral, hard-wearing fabric, such as corduroy.
Install at least three bookcases and fill them with handsome bound volumes. Purchase old books by the yard for decorative purposes. Indiana knows where every book is even though he is careless about their arrangement. Place an antique globe near the desk. Pictures are more somber than colorful. Choose examples representative of the time. Indiana isn't an art collector but he appreciates good work and is just as happy with a print as with an original. Framed maps are a must. Have several family photos in silver or wood frames.
Display collections of artifacts in groups of similar items. Use every available horizontal surface. Install a high, narrow plate rail to hold statuettes and masks. Indiana would never display an object for its looks, only for its scientific or curiosity value. Some items should look as though he just put them there after his most recent trip and hasn't yet got round to finding a niche for them. Don't forget to add personal items such as an open leather-bound journal, fountain pen and vintage binoculars.
Add the final touch by hanging Indiana's fedora hat and leather whip on a hat stand near the door.
Tips & Warnings
- Watch Indiana Jones movies specifically for decorating ideas.
- Use collections of pebbles and fossils to represent Indiana's artifacts.
- Photo Credit Zedcor Wholly Owned/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images
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