Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Hollywood Regency Design - A Brief Overview & History

HOLLYWOOD REGENCY seems to be dominating the world of interior design these days. It’s a style that’s fresh and modern, with old-fashioned wit and vintage accents. Hollywood Regency style came about after celebrities in the 1930’s were inspired by luxurious film sets to have their own homes decorated in the same fashion. These sets were meant to draw attention to the occupants of the room and signify their extravagant lifestyles.  It’s a balance of modernism and drama in d├ęcor. It consists of simple furniture mixed with bold antique accents from around the world, which add an element of sophistication. Bright colors and big patterns give these rooms unique personalities to reflect those of their owners. 1930’s actor William Haines established the look and influenced his contemporaries, Dorothy Draper and Billy Baldwin, as well as current designers such as Jonathan Adler and Kelly Wearstler who keep the style very much alive today.

Here are some examples of Hollywood Regency pieces from that can help you master the look:

An antique carved and gilded two panel Italian mirror.  

Hollywood Regency, Fancher White Enamel Chinoiserie Sideboard, vintage

Fancher White Enamel Chinoiserie Sideboard.


Hollywood Regency, Black Lacquered & Gilt High-Boy Dresser by American of Martinsville, vintage

Black Lacquered & Gilt High-Boy Dresser by American of Martinsville.

hollywood regency, Italian 3-Headed Brass Giraffe, vintage

Italian 3-Headed Brass Giraffe

Regency Wing Back Lounge Chair in Plum Velvet

Pair of Hollywood Regency Enameled Lamps by Stiffel.

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