Old-school glamour feels decidedly new on the Upper West Side, where designer Kevin Clark transformed a one-bedroom apartment into a modern display of Hollywood Regency style.
Photos by Sean Litchfield
Don’t be fooled, Hollywood Regency style isn’t just reserved for 1950s movie sets and Bel Air mansions. Designerproves the 20th-century design can feel entirely modern with his overhaul of a 1,159-square-foot apartment on the Upper West Side.
“This was my clients’ first home purchase together, and they wanted it to feel cool, but with high style and glamour,” Kevin explains.
To dial up the cool factor, he eschewed textbook Hollywood Regency choices in lieu of a fresher take on the design. In addition to embracing the style’s signature black-and-white color contrast, Kevin added splashes of navy and brass for additional interest.
“We took classics such as a black-and-white tile floor and a flush mount chandelier at the entry, but paired them with a modern black kitchen and more modern, playful gold pendants elsewhere,” Kevin reveals. “We tried taking a historic precedent, but developing it to feel new and unexpected.”
Because the kitchen is the focal point of the home, Kevin expanded the space to be nearly double the size of the original footprint, making it ideal for entertaining. To really make a dramatic statement, he painted many of the surfaces black, including the doors, casing, and a new modern baseboard, in addition to staining all the floors black.
“This dark move helped visually anchor the space,” Kevin says. “We were able to extend the black-and-white tile into the stepped up kitchen, entry, and continue it down the hallway for a strong architectural axis.”
Kevin extended the black-and-white concept into both bathrooms, which gives them the illusion of being bigger than they are. He also imbued the spaces with a glamorous edge, thanks to black chevron marble floors and graphic wall tiling.
To invite bold, luxe finishes into the apartment, Kevin selected a velvet silver chair and navy couch accented with faux-fur throws and pillows with begged-to-be-touched appeal. He also punctuated the space with gold statement pendants to deliver even more glitz and glam.
In the bedroom, Kevin and his clients chose a more romantic sensibility. They jazzed up a simple black and gold bed by adding a floral wallpaper in the same palette as a backdrop. To add a soft asymmetrical moment, Kevin draped 500 feet of cream tuile across the bed posts. He then rounded out the space with a textural shag rug, oversized velvet pillows, and copper floral-filled pendants at the sides of the bed.
Old Hollywood glamour has never looked so new.
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