by: Taylor Duvall for InteriorCrowd
August 24, 2015
August 24, 2015
Hollywood celebrates glitz and glamour – a time when cocktail parties were more popular than television series. This popular style is marked by bold colors and curves, splashes of pattern, and an elegance that airs on the side of dangerous. Hollywood Regency pieces are glitzy without being gaudy, and stray away from being too perfectly matched. For example, a tufted yellow couch may sit next to a lacquered end table, with a mirror framed in cast iron hanging above. The style is all about socializing in an elaborate atmosphere with great conversation, music, and company, so the furniture and its arrangement should complement that.
Ornate trims and jewel tones are often apparent in pieces from designer Jonathan Adler and on vintage furniture site 1stdibs. Paired with Kelly Wearstler’s luxurious fabrics and ornamental designs, the stylings of these designers channel both European and Asian influences.
Hollywood Regency reminds us that while functionality may be the most important aspect of furniture to some, every item does not need to be chosen solely on practicality. A bulky lamp with a crystal shade still provides light, and a dining room chair made of rich velvet still provides a place to sit. A home can be a place to curate the creativity of a time period and show it off to guests, as well as enjoy it yourself.
We asked one of InteriorCrowd’s designers, Julia Cavallaro, to pick out a few of her favorite Hollywood Regency items and tell us how she would incorporate them when redesigning a room.
When I think of Hollywood Regency, I think of old, 1930’s, “Golden Age” Hollywood – not a care in the world. The furniture, paint, and accessories are grand, rich and sophisticated. Each piece that I have chosen to represent Hollywood Regency allows you to live like a Hollywood movie star in the comfort of your own home.
Mix and match rich velvets with lacquered accent pieces and bold and bright colors, or keep it subdued with a black and white color scheme. Mirrors are some of the main pieces that makes a room feel like Hollywood Regency; use end pieces that are mirrored or even a very simple mirror hanging on the wall to add some glitz to a room. Dark wall colors with contrasting accents of light colors, creams, greys, dark navy and black make a room seem more lush. This is one of my favorite inspiration photos that represents Hollywood Regency really well:
The dark walls in the room contrast with the gold accents and light color of the rug and chair. The rich colors and fabrics feel fun and sophisticated, like you could really be living in the Hollywood Hills.
I have contrasted the light and airy accent pieces in my concept board (below) with darker, heavier furniture that make for good conversation pieces. In a Hollywood Regency-style room, there should always be one piece that is the focal point (usually a sofa or a chair) and then lighter pieces around to finish off the room.
You can mix and match different styles or you can keep them consistent, like using a few tufted pieces. Tufting is one of my personal obsessions with sofas, like the green chesterfield I’ve included in the concept board. You can match a chesterfield sofa with a tufted ottoman or chair, or mix completely different styles – just don’t be afraid to try different styles until you love your result!
I have also always loved a Wing Chair (One King’s Lane) – it gives a room an air of importance and makes me feel like I’ve “made it”.
A room’s paint is one of my favorite aspects of design because it can bring everything together. Whether you paint an accent wall, all four walls, or the ceiling, the color can make a huge statement. The hues that I have chosen for this concept board and the only paint I use is Benjamin Moore, www.benjaminmoore.com. The colors that I chose for the room are: 2086-20 Rose Parade, 2133-30 Days End, HC156 Van Deusen Blue, 2124-50 Bunny Grey and 2128-30 Evening Grey.
Lighting is another great accent that can make the room look more Hollywood Glam. I have two options for table lamps: short and round (Circa Lighting), or tall and thin (Circa Lighting), along with a chandelier that I have fallen in love with (Circa Lighting).
One of my favorite pieces out of this whole concept board is the mirrored cocktail table (One King’s Lane). It definitely gives off the sophistication and glam that you would need to complete your room, but is also super sturdy.
If you are concerned with the simplicity of the mirrored table or you feel like you would like something that has a little more substance, I would suggest a tufted ottoman. It still has the Hollywood Regency vibe, but because there’s some freedom to mix and match styles or to stay a bit uniform (tufting, on top of tufting, on top of tufting), using this ottoman (One King’s Lane) will keep within the design of the room.
I could have a whole collection of mirrors. The room automatically looks larger once you add a bunch of mirrors because the reflections bounce off of them, so they’re a good way to open up a room. A greek key motif is super popular in Hollywood Regency design, so I’ve chosen this black and white mirror (Pearson Co.)
To add a bit more to the Greek Key theme, I have added two options of end tables: one is small and sturdy (One King’s Lane), and the other is a set of two that can be kept side by side or separated from each other (Pearson Co.)
Depending on the space you have or what pieces you like and would choose, I would recommend an ottoman or two. One of the most popular ottomans set is the cross stool – a few of them side by side with nailheads look amazing, and right on trend. I am obsessed with this ottoman (One King’s Lane), and its rich color fits right in with Hollywood Regency:
Last but not least is the rug. If you have wall to wall carpet you can lay a rug right on top of it, and if you have flooring of any size of rug will work in the room. I thought the color and pattern of the blue and cream rug (One Kings Lane) fits really well with the Hollywood Glam decor.
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