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The One With the Friends Apartment – Reimagined in Different Interior Design Styles

Were the show to take place now, what would Monica and Rachel’s apartment look like? We take the ‘Friends’ apartment out of the ’90s and reimagine it in different styles.

the Friends apartment in Scandinavian-style interior design

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Whether you’re on your thousandth re-watch or you’re only just discovering the comedy marvel that is Friends, I’m willing to bet you adore the gang’s iconic 90s apartments and accompanying décor just as much as the fashion and the humor.

In particular, Monica and Rachel’s spacious two-bed walkup in Greenwich Village. Those purple walls, the cute yellow peephole frame, the cozy kitchen, the enormous Crittall style window – it was flawless! So much so, that even we have written extensively on the iconic purple apartment.

And yet, I can’t help but wonder, were the show to take place now, what would the apartment look like?

Would it have a bright and airy Scandi-style living room? A classic, New York industrial-inspired kitchen? Maybe Monica’s eclectic sense of style would have led her to include some Victorian elements? 

As it turns out, this is all a moo point because online retailer FurnitureBox has already re-designed the space in seven of today’s most popular interior design styles.

And let me tell you, the results are pretty spectacular! Check them out and pick your favorite:

A contemporary vibe for the Friends apartment

If Friends aired today, I can imagine the apartment would look just like this!

The FRIENDS apartment reimagined in a contemporary design style.
The FRIENDS apartment reimagined in a contemporary design style. Image credit: FurnitureBox

And yes, I’m making mental plans to remodel my own living room immediately.

This version of the apartment is noticeably more minimal than Monica’s was with muted color tones and clean lines giving off a spacious and airy feel.

It’s safe to say I love it, though I might have to rehang Monica’s vintage French ad poster for a little nostalgic charm!

Going full Victorian

“You don’t own a TV? What’s all your furniture pointed at?”

Though this Victorian-style apartment appears without today’s mod-cons, I could easily forgo a TV (and any other technology for that matter) to live in these breathtaking surroundings.

The FRIENDS apartment reimagined in a Victorian design style.
The FRIENDS apartment reimagined in a Victorian design style. Image credit: FurnitureBox

The iconic purple walls remain but with the addition of Victorian wall moldings which add a serious touch of luxury to the living room.

These pair perfectly with the dark wood floors, neutral antique furniture, and the famous Tiffany lamp from the opening credits!

A dramatic Art Deco spin

Oh. My. God! This Art Deco re-imagining is instantly unforgettable and surprisingly cozy.

The FRIENDS apartment reimagined in an Art Deco design style.
The FRIENDS apartment reimagined in an Art Deco style. Image credit: FurnitureBox

Using The Empire State building as inspiration, FurnitureBox has created a dark and moody version of Monica’s apartment that stays true to set designer John Shaffner’s original design.

That means lavender walls, an eclectic mix of colors and textures, and plenty of vintage-inspired knick-knacks to make the apartment feel homely and luxurious.

I certainly don’t mind those elegant 1920’s style window grilles either!

Going Minimalist

Though the purple walls are nowhere to be seen, this minimal layout still captures the essence of what is arguably television’s most famous apartment.

The FRIENDS apartment reimagined in a minimalist design style.
The FRIENDS apartment reimagined in a minimalist design style. Image credit: FurnitureBox

It feels spacious, expensive, and incredibly clean — a point Monica would no doubt adore!

Now don’t get me wrong, I’d take this place in a heartbeat if offered, but take away the gilt-framed peephole and it might just lose that irresistibly familiar ‘Friends’ feel altogether!

‘Pivot!’

A Scandinavian twist

This stunning Scandi-style design is not only seriously functional and incredibly welcoming, it also includes a cozy L-shaped sofa which is much more functional for a group of six to hang out on!

The FRIENDS apartment reimagined in a contemporary design style.
The FRIENDS apartment reimagined in a Scandinavian design style. Image credit: FurnitureBox

Also, by bringing in softer hues both on the walls and through the furniture, then adding in quirky touches like the moss green pillows and blue kitchen cabinets, the space feels instantly more modern yet still inherently Monica-esque. 

An Industrial look for the Friends apartment

Lovers of the New Girl gang’s 4D loft or Dev’s Manhattan one bed on Master of None are sure to adore this re-imagining.

The FRIENDS apartment reimagined in an industrial design style.
The FRIENDS apartment reimagined in an industrial design style. Image credit: FurnitureBox

From the hardwood floors and exposed brick walls to the statement leather sofa and bare-bulb lighting, this ultra-trendy apartment is a New York interior lovers’ dream come true.

And yes, I adore that the couch so perfectly resembles Central Perk’s iconic central seating area!

Farmhouse charm seems like a great fit

If you were wondering what a Friends and Gilmore Girls set-style mash-up might look like, here’s your answer!

The FRIENDS apartment reimagined in a Farmhouse design style.
The FRIENDS apartment reimagined in a farmhouse design style. Image credit: FurnitureBox

This rustic apartment is incredibly charming and perfectly mixes raw wood finishings with painted accents and textured soft furnishings.

If Monica were to pick an alternative apartment style, I can definitely see it being this one. After adding in a couple more colorful kitchen chairs of course!

Want to make your own apartment more like Monica and Rachel’s?

If you’d like to infuse some Friends vibes into your own place, we rounded up some affordable décor pieces that will let you do just that — without having to shell out too much money to show your love for the timeless sitcom.

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Written by Sophie Cook

Sophie is Drama graduate-turned-writer with a passion for movies and television, whose interests seamlessly come together to tell our readers all about their favorite on-screen homes. Outside of Fancy Pants Homes, Sophie has been penning articles for lifestyle brands like The Upcoming, Herbal Essences, Asda, and Harvey Nichols.

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