Utilizing color, texture, climate, and space, the designer details, “the challenge was how to set the palaces apart.” Her approach was to create a feeling of ice, snow, the cold climate, and rough terrain against a blue and gray color palette in a land of picturesque landscapes and never-ending forests for the royals’ Norwegian castle of Skaugum. As a contrast, King Gustav’s summer Swedish castle (where the Princess and her family find refuge before their journey to America) was filmed at the Zamek Litomyšl. Known for its mix of 18th-century Baroque designs and Italian Renaissance style, the UNESCO site dates back to 1568. “The interiors are a bright mix of whites, greens, and classic Swedish style that has not changed, and there are still some beautiful villas and castles that look the same over the years,” she notes.
Dividing the interiors into the Old and New World, Lehmann notes, “The U.K. sets represent the Old World. We used a color palette of browns, golds, and reds with a touch of dust and worry that surrounds Olav.” As many production designers have found before (witness The Crown), the British monarchy’s residence is not welcoming to film productions. “Buckingham Palace was very hard to get any information, so we had to rely upon official pictures. We knew it had more than 500 rooms, but photographs were all we had access to.” The Archbishop’s Chateau in Kromêříž Castle serves as the location, with interiors shot in various palaces and villas in the country. Locating appropriate royal rooms with classic gilt embellishments was also a challenge, as yellow is now the trendy palatial color.