The palm tree lighting new in last week whisked us away to a bygone era, one steeped in glamour with shiny bar carts, plush velvet and anything on the rocks. But what exactly is the enchanting Hollywood Regency look, and how can we master it?
Despite its gilded touches and decadent gold, the Hollywood Regency look is not just reserved for A-list celebs. If you look around you, this interior style has transcended to many homes, hotels and restaurants. It’s a style that can be adapted and played with, and can be as glamorous or as subtle as you like – on any budget.
Mastering Hollywood Regency
When it comes to the Regency-era of design, remember to go bold or go home. Look to statement light fixtures, high contrast print, shiny and luxury materials, and of course campaign furniture.
The look is timeless, fusing a mix of eras and styles, but with luxury at the forefront. It might feel retro with its subtle nod to art-deco, but its overall aesthetic is modern. Although femininity might spring to mind, the look is gender-neutral, often with darker colour palettes, shiny surfaces, and glossy lacquer.
How to get the Hollywood Regency look in a few small steps:
Channel your inner oscar-winning self and imagine a room fit for a 20s/30s movie star.
Be dramatic, but uncluttered.
Offset the contemporary straight lines with warm, plush texture and sultry fabric.
Choose a limited colour palette with soothing colours like cream, white and grey, or go for white and black.
Mirrored, marble and high shine surfaces will add easy lifetime elegance.
Avoid textures like wood and tile and choose high-gloss, polished, or even mirrored furniture.
Add a bold print through a rug, curtains or cushions. Think geometric greek patterns, animal print, or just keep it simple with sheepskin.
Layer up your home accessories (channel Jonathan Adler) with Ming vases, busts, plinths and ceramic figurines.
Choose statement lighting that gives a nod to the Golden era of film. Like a palm tree chandelier, a sputnik pendant light, or oversized table lamps.