Jazz up your home with Hollywood glam
While gaudy has never been popular, embellishing with glitz and glamour adds sophistication to any décor. The Hollywood regency style, full of such sophistication, is an ode to the golden decades of the ’20s and ’30s.
Hollywood regency is all about bringing back the days where understatement was not an option, according to Newport Beach, Calif.-based designer Barclay Butera. He’s known for his luxurious but approachable style. Back then, he says, people decorated their homes with the sole intent of showing them off.
“Everything’s on a grand scale,” Butera says. “There’s overstuffed upholstery, rich velvets, silk lampshades and plenty of sparkle. It’s unabashed opulence.”
While this opulence can be achieved through splurging on designer pieces, there are inexpensive ways to incorporate Hollywood regency into every budget.
Butera recommends starting with a well-made mirror with a lot of style and sparkle that can serve as the focal point of the room. Toss in a few embellished pillows on a sofa and add a sculptured rug. If you have the budget, nothing screams glam like a “drop-dead gorgeous” chandelier, Butera says.
While people have been scaling back on luxury products for the past few years, Butera says the Hollywood regency style is gaining popularity as the economy slowly recovers. People crave items that look luxurious but are also functional.
“What’s attractive is all the glitz and glamour of the era,” says Taryn Bernard, who co-owns home retail store Room Service with her husband John in Los Angeles. “Everything was a little over the top, bigger, taller.”
Some of these looks can be recreated without breaking the bank. For instance, Butera says that mirrored pieces are a hallmark of Hollywood regency. Bernard suggests adding mirrors or glass tops to plain desks or other furniture pieces for a dramatic transformation.
Bernard knows her way around Hollywood style. After all, Room Service helped to furnish Paris and Nicky Hilton’s sumptuous properties.
For an undeniably Hollywood regency-style piece, Bernard suggests an attention-grabbing chair like Room Service’s glossy white-lacquered balloon chair. Other important style elements include luxurious velvets and crystal nail head embellishments.
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