Each new president of the United States is welcome to redecorate or rearrange the Oval Office. Donald Trump brightened up the room with gold curtains and neutral wallpaper; Gerald Ford dug salmon and green upholstery (it was 1974). There has yet to be a female president in the U.S., of course, but that didn't stop the design crew at Modsy from imagining what it might be like if a woman moved into the West Wing.
WATCH ON NETFLIX House of Cards, Season 6
Not just any woman, though: They rendered the possible set design for Claire Underwood, the ruthless female protagonist of House of Cards. The Netflix drama returns this week for its sixth and final season, which finds Claire (played by Robin Wright) taking the helm of the country while reeling from the death of her husband (formerly played by Kevin Spacey, who was written off this season following accusations by many of sexual misconduct).
So how would Claire redecorate the Oval? "We selected key furniture pieces that would stand up to her dominating personality and took notes not only from Claire's overall chilly persona but also from her wardrobe. We selected furniture pieces with clean lines, structured forms, and minimal detailing which you can easily see depicted in the outfits of this season’s trailer," said Alessandra Wood, Modsy's director of style.
"Claire is not one to go over the top with her appearance and instead chooses clean design with subtle hints of femininity—a dress with a hint of a bow around the waist, a faint print, or a scalloped neckline," she continued.
The space Alessandra and her team created is clearly feminine in its elegance, in hues of gray-blue and cream, but the feel is indeed icy. It's almost like a hip hotel lobby, stylish but impersonal. The scallops mentioned as appearing on Claire's clothes are echoed in the curtains, and the couch's pillows are piled with patterns—none of them too loud, of course.
If you like the look (or want to embody Claire's style, if not her murderous tendencies), Alessandra explained how to nail the vibe. "This look is all about quality over quantity. Find pieces with less 'frill' and more structure," she explained. "Don't be afraid of buying the whole set—oftentimes this helps to make the space feel completely unified and polished. Claire is anything but eclectic—everything has a purpose."
The final season of House of Cards is streaming on Netflix now. Check out more design inspiration over at Modsy.
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