How to Build Your Own “House of Cards”

The third season of House of Cards premiered this past weekend on Netflix, making a big and anticipated impact—even more so if you count the 600,000 pirated downloads. The show is known for its strong characters, realistic perspectives, and complex political plotlines. While the show is built around characters and plots, the sets and designs pull the tones and character dynamics together. The Underwood house and style highlight their attitudes towards each other and their roles in the outside world. Their style uses traditional patterns typically in neutral greys, blues, and whites—very cool colors. There are small, simple patterns in the room details—the wallpaper on accent walls, pillows, the cushions on chairs, and rugs. The larger parts of the spaces are clean and allow for the accents to stand out. The clean spaces and balance of bold and subtle accents beautifully compliment each other.

So, how do you get the Underwoods’ style without becoming president? The critical characteristics of their style include the use of traditional elements, like the rich baroque patterns in the accent walls and small details of the room. This includes plush chairs with traditional wood—sometimes painted silver or gold—with flowing lines in the framework—and clean lines in the patterns on the walls. Such duvet covers as The Easton and The Hulopoe Bay provide the solid and neutral colors frequently used in House of Cards. Accent pillows from The Park Avenue, The Radiance Steel, The Montana, and The Santorini provide subtle traditional patterns. If you prefer the duvet cover play the leading role in the pattern of the room, The Fulham Road, The Park Avenue, The Chantilly, and the striped reverse side of The Cottonwood provide both the color and strong patterns featured in the Underwood house.

Whether you are president of the United States or fan of The House of Cards styling, it is easy to develop the Underwoods’ interior design style and make it work for your specific space and taste.