Is all that glitters really gold? In Hollywood, the answer is yes. Master the vibes with our guide to the blockbuster elements of Hollywood Regency decor.
Besides sunkissed starlets and handsome hunks, one of the industry’s most notable exports is Hollywood Regency decor. The timeless Art Deco-inspired style translates the Golden Era of film to the modern day, and adorns some of the most iconic homes of the rich and famous.
Don’t be fooled—this look isn’t only for the glossy checkerboard marble entryways of the Kardashian kin. Infused with the luxury of opulent textures, rich jewel tones, elegant shapes, and yes, the requisite gilded touches, the A-list look is just as often found in an NYC high rise as a Bel Air abode. Here’s our script to embodying the key elements of the Hollywood Regency in your own space.
HIGH CONTRAST AND SHARP SHAPES
A hallmark of Regency-era design is high contrast, a trick that can come to life in the form of bold black-and-white stripes or high-shine combinations of luxe brass with Breccia Capraia marble. Approaching your Hollywood Regency redesign with this strategy in mind allows high-wattage statement pieces shine.
Some of the hallmark stunners: campaign furniture, inspired by pieces designed for 18th Century European explorers; mirrored casegoods (all the better to see yourself in); pieces that mix multiple extra luxe materials (more is always better), and light fixtures as bold as the lights of the Sunset Strip.
SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND
Would you catch an A-list actress on the red-carpet without a little bling. You wouldn’t catch a Hollywood Regency room without good dose of metallics either. Textures like wood and tile certainly have their charms, but you’ll want high-gloss and pristinely polished to channel silver screen glamour. Look for that luxurious sheen in old-school armoire or bar cart shapes with new-school lacquers. Lucite, a brand of plexiglass available in a range of shades, adds an extra element of twinkle without visually crowding your space. And of course, don’t forget statement lighting, like atomic-shaped chandeliers or femininely shaped lamps that will flatter you and your space.
THE POWER OF PLUSH
This style embodies feeling pampered and decadent so don’t be afraid to embrace textures that beg to be touched. Plush, sultry fabrics like velvet and chenille add some irresistible vibes. Trust us, your work-worn self (hey, desk jobs can be stressful on mind and body) will thank us once you invest in a velvet couch to sprawl out over on. Nothing is more high impact than grand floor-to-ceiling drapes crafted from only the finest fabrics. Tactile materials like these will fit in anywhere in your home, but we think they add a special sensual something to the bedroom. Curved, tufted, and sky-high headboards help you embrace the sense of excess and color saturation that oozes from your favorite films like Some Like It Hot or Gone with the Wind. Channel tufting is currently all the rage, so look for more modern twists on the traditional technique.
Whether you’re looking to add some bit roles with playful accessories or go full-on Grace Kelly with lavish statement pieces, you can’t go wrong with award-winning Hollywood Regency style. So pour out the Dom Pérignon, pull out the black truffle popcorn, and sink into that red velvet sofa of yours… and of course, don’t forget to thank the Academy.