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Hollywood Regency

The glamour of the Hollywood regency interior design style is mimicry of the early movie heyday star’s lifestyles and tastes. These people entertained lavishly, their homes were adorned with exotic furnishings and dramatic flair. They were adored almost as royalty. Hollywood regency furniture is a broad category difficult to define. The look is not minimalist, but some pieces within the design can be. It can include mid-century modern or older styles, Asian pieces, blacks, whites, wood grains, just about any kind of color combination that suits your taste. Heavily carved and heavily upholstered pieces are also often included. Not just an old time relic, Hollywood regency is back in a huge way, and definitely a style you should be thinking about if you wish to remain ahead of the game in 2009.

Going Hollywood Regency is all about the details, the wonderful fabrics, fringe on lampshades, chandeliers with crystals- it really is style for fans of glamour.

To successfully achieve the look you should focus on making the home a showpiece for guests, making it as exciting a place to be as possible- your home should become a real destination. One method is to look to lacquer. Hollywood Regency style used a lot of bright, glossy colours on furniture. So, have furniture lacquered or buy some super glossy spray paint and do it yourself.
Velvet drapes dominate window dressings, if you are lucky enough to have bay windows in your home you can make a real feature of yours with a decorative oversized bay window curtain pole and extra long drapes. If not never fear, a corded curtain track will allow you to make just as good a feature of a modern flat window area.

Other features of the style include silk lampshades and thick, sculpted carpets, overstuffed sectional sofas and imposing double-chaise lounges. Remember this style evolved from a time before televisions dominated living areas, you should arrange your seating so that helps people to interact.

Those working on a budget can also benefit from this timeless style, all that is needed is an eye for detail and the patience to trawl antique stores and the internet for a few afternoons- could be worse! If you come across an old and over-the-top brass chandelier in a flea market, replace the flame-tip bulbs with mod opaque globe bulbs to create that perfect juxtaposition of super clean with super fussy that is so famously characteristic of Hollywood Regency. It is also advisable to look to the supporting furniture cast rather than the sometimes steeply priced original sofas and sideboards. Start with smaller pieces like lamps or side tables, then create balance by introducing some bold colours and layer in some artwork in typically ornate and accessorize with friezes and statuettes.

While Hollywood Regency design is a throwback to another era, it’s still incredibly modern and relevant to today’s hurried lifestyle, where people view homes as havens where they can relax. The whole style is about enjoying people, enjoying time together. It is about life and getting a glimpse of those bygone days where TV was less important- something today’s increasingly spiritual society will certainly appreciate.

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