How to Realize the Hollywood Regency Style In Your Home

Decoration and Design
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By Emma Sarkisyan August 18, 2021

One word that fits the stereotype description of Hollywood Regency design is “glam”. And although it’s been molded and adapted over the years, it’s not too far off the bullseye. The film industry is one of the most affluent out there and so it makes sense for the big names of the industry to have lived in large estates that shine with personality, opulence, and celebrity.

At its core, this is what the Hollywood regency interior design is all about. Though it does have its roots in more traditional works of interior design and architecture, Hollywood regency is a genre completely its own. This is thanks to its rich, vibrant colors, luxurious furniture, and abundance of decorations, art, and ornamentation. Implementing even just a few elements of Hollywood Regency can bring a star-studded aesthetic into your own home.

The Roots of Hollywood Regency Design

Once Hollywood Glam Infected Architecture and Design, There Was No Stopping It

Once Hollywood Glam Infected Architecture and Design, There Was No Stopping It

The origin of the Hollywood Regency style is not a single point in time we can pinpoint. Some believe it started in the 1930s (Hollywood’s Golden Age of film). That it was inspired by the home interiors of several big-name actors and actresses of the period is however agreed upon across the board. 

At the time there were other popular interiors and architectural designs at play, such as art deco, the mid-century modern, and Modern Baroque. However, Hollywood Regency did find its place among not just the Hollywood crowd, but also regular homeowners as well.

Rise of the Glam Home

The Interior Design Style that Spread Like Wildfire

The Interior Design Style that Spread Like Wildfire

Californian wildfires aren’t the only highly contagious movements to sweep through the valley. While the origin of Hollywood Regency may not be as concrete, its rise to fame certainly was. Many famous actors found themselves inspired by their colleagues. With pioneering architects and interior designers paving the way for more glamorous designs, the Hollywood Regency was a natural next step in the evolution of luxury interiors.

Although the design was most popular in cities across the west coast, it inevitably spread all across the country. Drawing from European design and influenced by the aforementioned art deco and Modern Baroque as well, Hollywood Regency went on strong into the 50s before it started waning in popularity. 

Today you can find Hollywood Regency in many film industry gala events such as the Golden Globes and Oscars. While it may not be as popular in residential designs, the style is still holding strong for those who can’t shake off the need for comfort and glam in their lives.

How to Recognize Hollywood Regency Design

There are several elements to Hollywood Regency architecture and design that set it apart from other similar interior and architectural designs. 

All-Out Colors and Patterns

Layering Luscious Colors and Patterns in Hollywood Regency Design

Layering Luscious Colors and Patterns in Hollywood Regency Design

Hollywood Regency is about going all out with the colors and patterns of the interior. This does not mean creating a visual mess with a collage of different elements glued together. Hollywood Regency, though bold in its use of color, textures, and patterns, does keep things orderly to some extent. 

Typically, the colors in Hollywood Regency are very bright, from rich pinks to vibrant blues. Unlike the darker shades of the art deco or the muted hues of the mid-century modern, Hollywood Regency colors pop out more freely and contribute more to the atmosphere of the room. Combinations of white and black are also very indicative of the interior design, but these color schemes typically include colorful accents as well.

The Classic Black and White of the Regency Style Luxury Toolbox

The Classic Black and White of the Regency Style Luxury Toolbox

Fab Decorations to Match

Don't Pass Over the Shiny Items When Decorating Your Hollywood Glam Living Room

Don't Pass Over the Shiny Items When Decorating Your Hollywood Glam Living Room

Luxury is a lot more than just color. While vibrant pinks, blues, and greens of Hollywood Regency work to brighten up the atmosphere, gem and crystal decorations glisten and add even more glamour to the room. This gives the Hollywood Regency that distinctive gleam that other interiors do not put much focus on.

The luxury chandelier is one example of Hollywood Regency decor. Gemstones, crystals, and other reflective decorations are more than about looking fancy. Lighting and colors of the interior reflect across them, creating a rich and spacious atmosphere in the room. 

How to Achieve the Hollywood Regency Look In Your Home 

There are more down-to-earth ways of implementing the design without having to buy designer Hollywood Regency furniture or rare pieces of decor.

Focusing on Color

Color Combinations that Don't Overpower but Still Shine with Opulence

Color Combinations that Don't Overpower but Still Shine with Opulence

Color plays a major role in regency-style interiors. Most houses designed with this aesthetic in mind will feature a range of vibrant colors as well as some more muted accents to give the interior more heterogeneity. Your home has plenty of potential to be saturated with color without being overpowering.

Rich Colors and Textures Perfect for a Hollywood Regency Interior

Rich Colors and Textures Perfect for a Hollywood Regency Interior

You do not need to go overboard with colors and resemble an eclectic interior. First and foremost, create a palette. What makes Hollywood Regency so great to work with, is that there is no set of colors you must use. You can mix and match various hues and shades depending on your personal preferences, but a general rule of thumb is to make them bright and vibrant. For example, a popular color in Hollywood Regency is a bright yellow which emulates the sunny nature of Hollywood, California. Whether it’s one accent color or a combination of tones, leave enough breathing room for the decor and ornamentation by accentuating the interior rather than turning the colors into the primary showpiece.

Bright Lighting

Key Characteristics In a Hollywood Regency Design

Key Characteristics In a Hollywood Regency Design

Hollywood Regency homes appreciate a lot of light. This does not require much redesigning; just keep the windows unobstructed to get in as much natural light as possible, and have plenty of lighting fixtures that are bright enough to give the room the glow it needs.

Another very important reason for keeping the interior bright is that the light puts more emphasis on the colors. Having a colorful interior that is a little dark is more reminiscent of the calculated elegance of the art deco interior. A Hollywood Regency interior, on the other hand, needs to pop out and be more vibrant. You can get a professional painter to coat the walls with bright colors and smooth textures. However, until you get some light into the room these colors will not pop out.

Open up the curtains, install bigger windows, or even ask your electrician to rearrange the lighting in your home to make the room as bright as possible.

Balancing Glam with Simplicity

Making a Statement with Bold Yet Simple Color and Material Combinations In Regency Modern Design

Making a Statement with Bold Yet Simple Color and Material Combinations In Regency Modern Design

The style stays true to its original tendency to go all-out and bring in as much glamour and luxury as the space in their home will allow. Although Hollywood’s A-listers have since changed course to have opulence shine through more minimal features and contemporary designs, classic Hollywood Regency holds a tasteful balance between glam and keeping things simple too. This balance is also a great way for the aesthetic to be more budget-friendly and realistic in its application in the average home.

Finding small ways of incorporating Hollywood Regency into your home is a great way to integrate the style without having to go through a full remodel. These are simple additions but they make a big difference.

Written by
Emma Sarkisyan

Written by Emma Sarkisyan