Design Vocabulary: A Guide To Hollywood Regency

Above, a design by Christopher Kennedy that blends classic Hollywood Regency elements with his signature mid-century-inspired style, all in a nontraditional soft color palette that keeps the look modern.

Hollywood Regency, also known as Regency Moderne, is a style that was inspired by the glamour of the Golden Age of Hollywood (particularly in films from the 1930s and 1940s). The look, credited to designer Dorothy Draper and actor/designer Billy Haines, featured elements of Regency and Rococo styling alongside more modern, streamlined furniture silhouettes. The finishes were simply luxurious — furniture was often lacquered, mirrored, or made entirely of glass, and paired with satin and velvet upholstery that conveyed opulence. Asian accents, such as bamboo and chinoiserie motifs were used. Black and white were used frequently in geometric patterns, such as the tiled floors, but color palettes tended to be vibrant. Blocks of color, in coral, bright yellow, pink, and turquoise were quite popular, which was not apparent in the black and white movies of the era.

Here are just a few of our favorite Hollywood Regency-inspired pieces at Viyet:

Ceylon Et Cie Vintage Hollywood Regency Sectional Sofa

Hollywood Regency Couch

This sofa has the elements that made this style so popular. The black vinyl fabric is reminiscent of the patent leather that was so popular, and the white legs showcase the black and white pairing. It has a polished brass nailhead trim, which is another element of this style.

Vintage Hollywood Regency Style Side Chairs

Hollywood Regency Side Chairs

These lovely side chairs feature caned backs and beautiful curved frames in painted wood. The seats are pink leather and would look wonderful as dining chairs.

Vintage Hollywood Regency Desk and Chair

Hollywood Regency White Desk

Add glamour to your home with this white lacquered desk and chair. It features bamboo legs (which nod to the Asian influence of the era), brass accents, and three drawers. We can imagine Carole Lombard writing a love letter to Clark Gable at a desk like this.

Julian Chichester Regency Wave Chest

Hollywood Regency Chichester

Done in the style of Hollywood Regency, this gorgeous chest of drawers features a shiny, mirrored-look wood surface. It coveys an opulent presence in its curved façade.

Magni Home Collection Divine Ottoman

Hollywood Regency Divine Ottoman

Reminiscent of the glamour of living rooms and bedrooms in 1930s films, this ottoman features the tufting and velvet mohair fabric that was so popular then and now.

Vintage Aluminum Hollywood Regency Side Chairs

Hollywood Regency Aluminum Side Chairs

Shiny aluminum frames give these side chairs a statement quality. Their smooth upholstery (in a low-key grey) perfectly complements the gleaming metal, while the high backs offer plenty of support, creating an unforgettable silhouette.

Vintage Lucite and Silk Upholstered Armchairs

Hollywood Regency Silk and Lucite

Luxurious silk in an ivory hue works beautifully with the clear frame of these stunning armchairs. The design (which could be at home anywhere from the ’30s to the ’80s and beyond) nods to the eclectic, often transitional styles of the period.

Vintage Brass Faux Bamboo Nesting Tables

Vintage Brass Bamboo Tables

Another eclectic piece, this set of versatile tables actually dates back to the 1970s, yet feels distinctly ’40s. It’s all due to the faux bamboo frame, gold finish, and the always-classic glass tops. The set can be broken up and used throughout a living room, or clustered together to create an alternative to the typical coffee table.

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