What is Hollywood Regency Decor and Its Furniture?

Have you ever heard of Hollywood Regency style? In this article, we will explain its history and things to consider when it comes to Hollywood Regency decor.

What is Hollywood Regency Decor?
Dating back to the 1930s during Hollywood's Golden Age, Hollywood Regency style is known for its glamour and twist on classic pieces from the bygone eras. At the time, movie producers desired larger-than-life movie sets for their silver screen stars and thus the Hollywood Regency style was born.

Features of Hollywood Regency Decor
With Hollywood Regency, the style is neither bare nor cluttered. Two main characteristics of Hollywood Regency style are as below,

- Use of Traditional Pieces: designers added their own flair to make past pieces from different periods (Neoclassical, Baroque, Louis XIV, Victorian) fresh and new.

- Focus on Glamour: there is a huge focus on the texture, color, and form of each furniture. Anything that could instantly add glamour to a furniture was used.

The list below is 6 things to consider when it comes to Hollywood Regency decor.

1. Utilize Glamorous Sheen
Hollywood Regency style loves all things shiny. Glossy finish elevates this elegant Hollywood Regency style nightstand piece. Recently, there has been a popularity in the use of nightstands and end tables with fancy crystal or gold knobs. So this nightstand is now the trend.

2. Embrace Metallic Look
More contemporary forms of furniture in Hollywood Regency style made use of metallic pieces in the form of metal leaf cabinets. This Hollywood Regency style silver leaf cabinet is the reminiscent of haute couture gowns of the past Hollywood stars made its way to the fame.

3. Always Add Luxury
There is a certain air of elegance about Hollywood Regency style decor perhaps because of the fact that it was born out of a style catered to the stars. This Hollywood Regency style dresser feels and looks luxurious and yet it doesn't feel over-the-top.

4. Include Things from the Past
Fretwork was often seen in Hollywood Regency style decor like this Chinese Chippendale chair. Gilded fretwork (gold leaf finish) has been used and has been a welcome addition to today's interpretation of Hollywood Regency style.

5. Make It Sparkle
Hollywood Regency style decor uses stainless steel frame and legs for tables to further create reflection and sparkle. This Hollywood Regency style coffee table uses a brushed gold finish and marble which is the effective method of attaining the luxurious look.

6. Learn to Love Antique Gold 
Although modern Hollywood Regency pieces use splayed or straight wooden legs, some still use the antique legs (fluted, bun, ball, turnip, cabriole). The more contemporary piece like this Hollywood Regency Style End Table uses the bamboo style gilt bar to retain traditional and classic styles but made use of another element such as antiqued gold finish. Mirrors serve to create and add sparkle.

Are you convinced now that Hollywood Regency decor can be the addition to any room?

- Banham, Joanna, ed. Encyclopedia of interior design. Routledge, 1997.

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Last review and update: September 1, 2018

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Patty Benjabutr is an interior design enthusiast. She loves to write about actionable home decor knowledge because she believes interior design content is something much more than a collection of beautiful photos. You can contact Patty via e-mail.