At the height of awards season, we take a step back from the madness to highlight one of our favorite interior design styles, inspired by California’s glitz and glamour: Hollywood Regency. Red carpet not required.
Design by Katherine Carter/Photo by Tessa Neustadt.
With Oscar night almost ready for its couture-clad arrival, we figured it’s time to celebrate Tinseltown’s most gorgeous star. Drum roll please… Hollywood Regency style. The timeless Art Deco-inspired design marks the Golden Era of film, and adorns some of the most iconic homes of the rich and famous. Filled with contrast, brass, glass, and plush materials, the A-List look can be found from Rodeo to Wilshire and back again. A recent iteration of this high-style vibe is the sleek black and white color scheme of the Kardashian homes. (And who doesn’t love a checkerboarded entryway with lacquered walls?) Below, a shoppable guide that breaks down the key elements to get your inner star on. Agent not included.
High Contrast and Sharp Shapes
A hallmark of Regency era design is high contrast, whether in the form of black and white stripes or sharp combos of brass with marble or lacquered wood. It makes for beautiful statement pieces loaded with personality. Campaign-style furniture, lacquered pieces, and glossy marble all fall into the tool kit of Hollywood Regency royalty. Inspired by furniture designed for 18th Century European explorers, the brass trim on West Elm’s Malone Campaign Chifforobe recalls the gilded corners on British empire-era travel chests. It’s an all-in-one closet at a size that’s just right for smaller spaces… or for a lead role dressing room. Named after the glamorous hotel in Capri that plays home to many a celebrity, and made from a single sinuous brass tube base with a Carrara marble top, Jonathan Adler’s Scalinatella cocktail table is simple in form with glamorous details and a memorable twinkle. And who can resist a zebra hide rug in the name of luxury? It takes a space from simple to Slim Aarons in a matter of minutes.
Shine Bright Like A Diamond
Channel your inner Rihanna and add some shiny bright metallics to the mix in order to achieve that true Hollywood look. Jonathan Adler’s favorite piece, the Crawford Cabinet (named after a movie star, no less) is perfect for commanding a room as a bar or an armoire. The adjustable shelves provide versatile storage and the oversized brass and Lucite pulls conjure major Hollywood glamour. A spray of brass-finished rods creates the stunning design of Pottery Barn’s Explosion Chandelier, bringing a hint of high fashion to any space. And lucite, originally used for redirecting light from one corner to another, takes center stage in Anthropologie’s exquisitely formed Oscarine (no pun intended!) Console. Naturally, it’s finished with accents of polished brass.
The Power of Plush
Half of making it in Hollywood is looking the part. Get in on the action by adding some plush, sexy fabrics like velvet and chenille to add some textural interest. The Lampert Sofa hits all the right notes. The high tuxedo tufted back gives it an elegant yet formal presence, while the bolsters make it super comfy. Anthropologie’s Elowen Armchair features plush velvet upholstery, polished brass legs, and a plump silhouette worth sinking into, recalling a vintage Italian classic crafted to accommodate guests over lingering dinners. With a brass handle on the back, its transportable profile is equally suited for sipping cocktails in the lounge. Just consider it the Fellini of chairs. And JA’s sumptuous Woodhouse Bed is complete with classic button-tufting and sleek piping to accent the curved headboard, adding big glamour to even a bite-sized boudoir.
Whether you’re looking to add some bit roles with accessories or go full Meryl Streep on the design front, you can’t go wrong with award-winning Hollywood Regency style. So pop open the champagne, get out the popcorn, and settle down into that tufted velvet sofa… and don’t forget to thank the Academy.