I came across this interesting picture of the interior of the Addams Family house, in color. The guadiness of the set was lost on the audience, of course, because they only saw it in black & white.
I figure that interior set designers in the B & W era could look at their job one of three ways:
- Not give color a moment’s thought, since the audience wouldn’t see it.
- Decorate as you would if the scene were in color, so the actors (at least) get a sense of place.
- Look for colors combinations that look convincing on B & W film, regardless of how they look in real life.
Any TV/film industry historians in the house?