Famous Fictional Homes Designed by Artists

Jene J. Long

We all have our favorite fictional homes from major films and shows (the castle from Downton Abbey might ring a bell!), but have you ever wondered how those abodes would look if they received a makeover? Well, you’re in luck: Buildworld has reimagined homes and spaces from films and shows like Harry Potter and Friends in the style of creations by notable artists such as Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dalí—and we’re having a hard time picking a favorite! Take a look at the impressive redesigned dwellings below.

spongebobs house if designed by yayoi kusama

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Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama—whose creations are currently the subject of a new exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden—is well-known for her polka dot-clad pumpkins, so Buildworld took this design and transposed it onto the homes of SpongeBob SquarePants, Squidward Tentacles, and Patrick Star. The end result? A museum-worthy rendering (and maybe even some design inspiration for our own homes!).

the fresh prince of bel air mansion if designed by kehinde wiley

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It’s no secret that the Banks family residence from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is a pretty spectacular home (see our list of the best sitcom houses to see where this one ranks!). Now, thanks to Buildworld, the interiors of this iconic abode are also worthy of a prince, with inspiration stemming from the artwork of Kehinde Wiley, who is best known for his vibrant portrait of former president Barack Obama (which is now part of a traveling exhibition that will make stops in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Houston!).

the weasley family home if designed by david hockney

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The Weasley family home from the Harry Potter films gets the David Hockney treatment in this rendering, making an already eye-catching dwelling even more striking. The inspiration? A Bigger Splash, a Hockney creation from 1967, which is currently on display at the Tate Britain in London.

monicas living from from friends if designed by frida kahlo

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Although it doesn’t make an appearance in the recent Friends reunion, this Frida Kahlo-esque reimagining of Monica’s living room is certainly worthy of an appearance on the big screen. Between the vibrant cobalt wall color (which is also the same shade of Frida’s home-turned-museum in Mexico, aptly known as the Blue House) and the tropical leaf pattern seen throughout, we imagine Frida herself would certainly approve of this space. (And hopefully Monica would too!)

the library from downton abbey if designed by salvador dalí

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Fans of Downton Abbey will likely recognize the space depicted in this reimagining—the library—while fans of Salvador Dalí might notice the influence of one of his most notable paintings: The Persistence of Memory. The famed painting has been on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City since 1934.

the simpson family home if designed by bob ross

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The Simpsons has been on air for 32 seasons, but never before have we seen the Simpson family home like this! For Buildworld’s rendering of one of the most famous animated abodes, the artistic styling of Bob Ross was used as inspiration, making for a more scenic and naturalistic adaptation.

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