We’ve all heard the term “Hollywood Regency” but what does it really mean? The opulent style came about during Hollywood’s golden age (1920s-1940s). Decorators sought to enhance the allure of celebrities by decorating movie sets, and their homes with luxurious furnishings. The lavish interiors focused on individuality and entertaining. Pops of color and pattern speak to the individual’s personality along with carefully selected accents. Furniture was small scale, intended to set the scene rather than steal the show. Could you imagine if anything where to distract from the star power of Joan Crawford? She would have none of it!
Shop for Hollywood Regency Furniture
Like many aesthetics, you kind of “know it when you see it” but here are some clues to identify Hollywood Regency. The style is defined by a few major elements:
- 1. Glitzy finishes (lacquer, Lucite, gold, chrome, mirrors, brass)
- 2. Rich textures (velvet, satin, silk, fur)
- 3. Small scale furniture
- 4. Pops of color and pattern against a neutral base
Going vintage is the perfect way to capture the spirit of Hollywood Regency. Authenticity can be achieved in sourcing pieces directly from the era. The style is quite eclectic, marrying the scale of mid-century modern with the enchanting splendor of Art Deco. You’ll often find Japanese and Chinese motifs sprinkled about in the form of Chinoiserie. Mediterranean aesthetics from Italy, Spain and Greece also find their way into Regency.
Start your idea board with Lucite pieces, brass and gold accent tables, casegoods in white and black lacquer. Fine finishes we love include burl wood, glass, mirrored surfaces. Look to designer’s of the era for inspiration. James Mont, Dorothy Draper, and Billy Haines set the standards for this trend. Contemporary work from Kelly Wearstler, Michel Smith Boyd and Shawn Henderson carry the torch.
Remember this style is an individual expression of grandeur. Select pieces that tell your story and fit your lifestyle. The best part of shopping vintage is the journey itself. The feeling of discovery, the thrill of the hunt. As you shop, you are writing your design story.