NEW YORK — Millennial nostalgia is here to stay and a new study finds many wish they lived on the set of their favorite childhood TV shows. In fact, a third of Americans would drop everything to move into the mansion from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
The study of 2,000 U.S. residents looked into which iconic TV homes are the most coveted and found 36 percent would love to move into the Bel-Air, California home of Will Smith’s aunt and uncle, if given the opportunity.
Moving in with the stars
Other popular TV set homes respondents would move into include the Pasadena apartment in “The Big Bang Theory” (29%), the house from “The Brady Bunch” (28%), and the swanky apartments from “Sex and the City” (19%).
One in three respondents (32%) would also book a destination vacation so they could drive past an iconic TV or movie location.
Commissioned by furniture brand Article and conducted by OnePoll, the study revealed that Americans think the tenants from “The Big Bang Theory” apartment would make the best neighbors (29%), the casts of “The Brady Bunch” (24%), “Friends” (23%), and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (23%) following closely behind.
Looking at how the modern home stacks up to the sets you see on TV, the study finds 59 percent believe their homes are nice enough to be the set of a television shows and nearly as many (55%) think their homes are the nicest in their friend circles.
When it comes to wardrobe inspiration, one in four say that their wardrobe is inspired by their favorite TV show or movie characters.
“It’s no surprise that Americans are turning to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air for decor inspiration. Its exterior is inspired by Georgian and Neoclassical architecture that’s paired with a white oak and neutral palette interior, to make it feel relevant,” says Chandra Borek, interior design expert for Article, in a statement. “Soft tactile fabrics, curved forms and furniture and classical architectural elements are all staples of this look, which we’re seeing trend in home decor today.”
These TV shows had the best furniture
Two in three people also pay close attention to the background decor of their favorite TV shows. In fact, eight percent take it to the extreme and model their home decor after some of the most popular shows of the year, including “Virgin River,” “Bridgerton,” and “The Circle.”
A quarter of respondents think TV shows like “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” have the most stylish furniture of any TV show. Other shows that have eye-catching decor include “Sex and the City” (23%), “The Brady Bunch” (20%), and “Bridgerton” (18%).
If they had the opportunity to own a piece of furniture from a famous TV show, the most popular pieces Americans would like include the Central Perk sofa from “Friends” (35%), the captain’s chair from “Star Trek” (31%), and the dining set from “The Golden Girls” (29%).
The average American makes small improvements to their home every five months. Eighty-four percent of them feel a “sense of joy” when making improvements to their home.
“Like TV seasons, styles change over time so it’s no wonder that Americans are making small home improvements every five months,” Borek adds.