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Home Interior Design Styles: What is Hollywood Regency Design?


Sophistication and glamour with just the right amount of glitz


RaShea Drake
September 24, 2019

*We interviewed multiple home professionals and interior designers to create a series about the most popular design styles. When you’ve finished with Hollywood regency, check out art deco.


A Brief History

Hollywood Regency Interior Design

The Hollywood Regency style dates back to the late 1920s to the 1950s, during the golden age of Hollywood, and the name harkens back to the 19th century. Black-and-white movies gave way to technicolor, launching careers of classic stars such as Joan Crawford, Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Clark Gable.

Hollywood has always been known for its beautiful, luxurious sets. That sense of luxury seeped into the stars’ actual homes. Pioneered by design legends William Haines and Dorothy Draper, Draper coined the term “Hollywood Regency” as we know it. Both Haines’ and Draper’s styles were bold yet different, ushering new thoughts and ideas around interior design. Over the years, this glamorous style has evolved, it’s still a popular look today due to its clean lines polished with touches of glitz.


The Definition of Hollywood Regency Interior Style

This Hollywood glam interior design is defined by its open layouts, high contrast color palette, and how it blends the theatrical with the practical. Think of it as a combination of mid-century modern and art deco. Lines are clean but with flourishes of decorative details, achieving a balance between what’s beautiful and what’s functional.

This style is especially focused on the social aspects of a room. Designers take care to design around people socializing together. As a result, spaces are open with a few statement pieces mixed, while is furniture arranged in a way to promote conversation.


Characteristics of Hollywood Regency Interior Design

Hollywood Regency is all about beauty and embracing the best parts of set design. Beautiful lines, beautiful details, and sharing that beauty with others. Black and white is a popular base for the color palette, punctuated by jewel tones or bright colors as accents. Furniture typically has clean lines and is simple yet comfortable in its design. The surrounding accents such as lights, décor, art, and accessories are where the personality and self-expression shine here. However, it’s also important to strike that balance when it comes to the ornate and extravagant. Too much will be overpowering, and not enough will be lackluster. When in doubt, listen to Dorothy Draper’s advice, “If it looks right, it is right.”

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Characteristics of Hollywood Regency Interior Design

Design:


“The main deal with Hollywood Regency, also known as Regency Moderne, is the showcasing of opulent but very livable spaces that use bold and contrasting colors, as well as metallic and glass elements in its design.” – Bryan Stoddard, Homewares Insider


  • There should be balance between the color palette, décor, and layout.
  • The design should be bold, but not overwhelming.
  • Mix elements from other cultures, time periods, and design styles.

Color Palette:


“Black and white are classic, especially when paired with a pink or teal, evoking Dorothy Draper’s style. Keep the color palette concise to keep the look fresh and engaging without overpowering the room.” – Martha McNamara, Vevano Home


  • Black and white is a common palette to use since it evokes that classic Hollywood vibe and has a beautiful contrast. Throw in a bright, vivid accent color such as red, pink, green, or yellow to add life into this aesthetic.
  • Overall, go for bold colors, but keep the palette limited with up to three colors. Bold, but not overwhelming.
  • Brass is the most common finish in this aesthetic, but chrome also works well.

Décor:


“Hollywood Regency style is glitzy but never chintzy. It should feel over-the-top glamorous. Furniture can be a mix of periods, for example, mid-century modern sofa and Louis V armchairs with 60’s style lighting fixtures.” Doreen Amico-Sorell, Sorell Interiors


  • Select a one or two statement pieces to draw the attention in the room.
  • Patterns work well here, whether as part of a wallpaper or rug.
  • Accessories should have some shine, so used lacquered pieces, crystal, mirrors, chrome, or brass.
  • Add some fur or animal prints to add a bit of the exotic.
  • Don’t forget other rich textures such as silk, velvet, satin, and leather.
  • This is a great style for accessorizing. Add vases, floral arrangements, fine art, or other striking decorative items.

How to Create the Hollywood Regency Look in Your Home

Dark Wood Cabinets
Polished Chrome Sconce
Raised Center Straight Pull
White Pine Cabinets
Sea Shell Laminate Plank
Round Arch Pull
Wide 1 Light Pendant
Leather Engineered Hardwood
Single-Handle Pre-Rinse Faucet

Conclusion:

Hollywood Regency Interior

If you want to have a touch of glamour without being ostentatious, then Hollywood Regency may be the right fit. It’s beautiful, with a focus on high-quality furnishings in moderation. Now that you know all about Hollywood Regency interiors, take a look at the rest of the Vevano Home blog.