Volume 1.

How to use Hollywood Regency Pieces

Hollywood Regency design has its roots in the Californian interiors of Hollywood’s golden era, with refined glamour symbolised through bright polished metals and lacquered wood juxtaposed against modernist forms, and neoclassical decoration alongside bold colour and 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 combination of furniture, accessories and lighting. This eclectic interior style exudes extravagance and a sense of jet-set travel. To add a touch of fantasy to your scheme, combine vintage and modern pieces such as the Ostrich feather lamp or the chinoiserie lacquered cabinet, against a refined lacquered modern mirror. Dorothy Draper, a founder of the Hollywood renaissance style in the 1930s 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 collection of furniture centred around Hollywood Regency's defining elements: mirrored panels, bright metals and smoked glass. Choose large scale pieces, such as oversized coffee tables or a whole wall of mirror. Nothing quite says vintage glamour like a strong flash of brass. Add extra drama with whimsical and kitsch ornaments, such as the pineapple ice bucket paired with the early 1970s dining table. Avoid over complicating the design though, 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 1960s 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 central to the Hollywood Regency style, determining the level of drama in your interior design scheme. Whether threaded through the entire scheme, or expressed through a selection of individual furniture pieces and accessories, think oversized and exploded patterns and controversial colour combinations, such as bright peacock blues with even brighter coral tones. For more subtle accents add brighter colour hues to cushions or accessories, but for a more dramatic feel include in wallpaper and paint finishes or lacquered furniture. Limit yourself to three to four strong colours or patterns to allow the furniture silhouettes to breathe.

With all the glitz and glamour of smoked glass, brass accents and bold colours; a Hollywood Regency interior needs softening. Typical upholstery textiles include velvets and sweeping silks that hark back to the dresses and smoking jackets of the golden era. For depth and warmth play with different fabric textures and furs. 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. 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.