How to use Hollywood Regency Pieces

Hollywood Regency design is a style reminiscent of Hollywood’s golden era, forming a statement of refined glamour symbolised through bright gold metals and modernist shapes. Where lacquered timbers and neoclassical pieces sit alongside bold colour & strong patterns. This style can be turned up or toned down, but creating the perfect balance needs consideration.

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The magic of the Hollywood Regency style lies within the unique history of it’s furniture, accessories and lighting curation. Like the Hollywood star this interior style exudes glamour and a sense of worldly travel. To add a touch of fantasy to your scheme, have fun with combinations of old and new pieces such as the Ostrich feather lamp or the chinoiserie lacquered cabinet, combined with a slick lacquered modern mirror. Dorothy Draper, a founder of the Hollywood renaissance style in the 1930’s stated

“I always put in one controversial item; it makes people talk“
Dorothy Draper

A 1970s Hollywood Regency large coffee table in silver chrome and gold brass finish, featuring a smokey mirror box base and glass top in the style of Paul Evans.

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Select a combination of furniture focusing on the key defining elements of Hollywood Regency of mirrored panels with bright metals and smoked glass. Preferably shown through large scale items, such as oversized coffee tables or a whole wall of mirror. Nothing quite says vintage glamour like a strong flash of brass. Add drama through detail and elegance through form, such as the pineapple ice bucket paired with the early 1970’s dining table. Although, avoid over complicating the design, this is a style influenced by modernity and best arranged with a strong sense of symmetry and repetition. Balance the scheme with paired or matching items, such as a set of large 1960’s Italian mirrors.

A pair of low, high backed and brass legged chairs in a vibrant pink Italian moleskin velvet.

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Being bold with colour and pattern is not only central to the Hollywood Regency style, but a control factor for determining the level of drama in your interior design scheme. Whether threaded through the entire scheme, or expressed through a selection of individual pieces, think oversized contrasting florals and controversial colour combinations. Try peacock blues with coral hues, reminiscent of 1930’s Hollywood glamour. For a subtle touch add colour and pattern to cushions or accessories, but for a more dramatic feel include in wall coverings and lacquered painted furniture. Limit yourself with three to four strong colours or patterns to allow the furniture silhouettes to breath.

With all the glitz and glamour of smoked glass, brass accents and bold colours; a Hollywood Regency interior needs softening. Typical upholsteries include velvets and sweeping silks; think dresses and smoking jackets of the golden era. For depth and warmth play with different fabric textures and furs. The large boxed shaped armchairs upholstered in parchment with accents of light coloured leather do just that. Perhaps add a pair of animal hide cushions or accent chairs. However, most importantly, remember to keep it individual.

“The only real freedom we have left is the home. Only there can we express anything we want“
William Haines
Hollywood Regency picks on Kairos
A 1970s Hollywood Regency large coffee table in silver chrome and gold brass finish, featuring a smokey mirror box base and glass top in the style of Paul Evans
A large box shaped pair of armchairs, covered in parchment with white leather cushions by R&Y Augosti Paris. Circa 1980's
A British contemporary sculptural white feather palm tree floor lamp, resplendent with exquisite ostrich feather foliage and a gold leaf base.
A large 1950s Italian pineapple ice bucket or cooler with rare hinged top and silver plate interiors lining and underside.
An early 1970s dining table chrome and brass base resting on Regency style lion paws feet with smoked glass top.
A large 1970s Italian Romeo Rega style smoked glass mirror, with brass frame surround.
A late 19th century Chinoiserie black lacquer with hardstone and ivory mounted two door side cupboard made in 1890.