Living Space: Add lush, Hollywood-style glamour to your decor
By Kathryn Weber
May 10, 2012 at 12:10 a.m.
Sparkling, luxurious and glamorous. These are words that describe the Hollywood Regency decorating style. Sometimes called Hollywood Glamour, this decor delivers high style that's decadently opulent yet elegant. Whether you're a qualified starlet or simply ready for your close-up at any moment, Hollywood Regency will make you feel pampered.
Hollywood Regency is marked by high drama. Furnishings are at once dramatic and soothing. Boldness shows up in style and design more than in bright colors.
In fact, one cornerstone is the lack of color. Hollywood style is like a Hollywood night - full of sparkle and bright lights. Simple colorings that focus on silver, gray and pale, pastel tones become the sophisticated backdrop for the room's "starring" occupant. The unification of pale colors creates an aura of regal elegance.
Sparkle and shine
Whether it's a sumptuous dressing table filled with crystal perfume bottles or an ornate mirror on the wall, mirroring plays the starring role in Hollywood Regency. After all, no starlet would live in a room without the sparkle and hedonistic reflection a mirror offers.
The use of mirrored furniture is the perfect glistening option for bringing a shining touch to a room. Today, mirrored furniture can be found at the simplest of big box retailers to high-end furniture companies, making the Hollywood style easier - and more cost effective - to adopt than ever before.
Acrylic is another terrific, yet underrated material that creates easy glamour. Acrylic chairs, accessories and small tables all create a sparkling Cinderella feel, and come in a range of prices to match any budget.
In addition to mirror and pale hues, the other cornerstone of Hollywood Regency is the liberal use of the color white. Large white flokati rugs, lush padded headboards, overstuffed white chairs, and fluffy white cloud-like beds are all hallmarks. White should be liberally used throughout a room. White vases, chandeliers and table lamps are all good options. Heavy, ornate moldings in high gloss white paint amp up the allure even further.
It's the details that make this decorating style really sing. Luxurious textured throws, thick trims, plush upholstery and billowing curtains create a soft, luxurious feel. Accents should be big, bold and highly decorative.
Look for furnishings that feature arched or swooping designs. Dramatic artwork provides the finishing touches in a room filled with Hollywood glamour.
Fortunately, with the development of Pinterest, it's easy to peruse bedrooms and living rooms that feature this style. Search under the terms Hollywood Regency, glamour or style to bring up Pinterest boards with terrific photo inspiration for your own decorating debut.
Kathryn Weber is a home and decorating columnist and publishes the Red Lotus Letter feng shui ezine. For more information, contact Weber through her website, redlotusletter.com.