How to Create a Home of Hollywood Glamour

I know what you're thinking: Yes! Hollywood Glamour! ;) Well, who doesn't love a dramatic interior every once in a while? This post, contributed by Arcadian Lighting is part of our new Designer Guest Series, featuring guest posts from talented interior designers and unique design product brands. If you would like to be featured, email me at

Gorgeous glitz and glamour were at a height in 1930s Hollywood. Film stars and movie execs gave lavish parties in their homes which had to be over-the-top gorgeous! This Golden Era style made a comeback a few years ago and is still being embraced by some interior designers, such as Barclay Butera. He recently shared his take on glamorous Hollywood style with HGTV, "The wonderful fabrics, fringe on lampshades, light fixtures with crystals - Hollywood Regency style is about glamour, but so much is found in the wonderful details."

Here are a few ways you can add a touch of sumptuous Hollywood design to your space. Let's start with mirrors:

Hollywood Glamour in Interior Design
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Dita Von Teese, featured here in a glamorous Hollywood dressing room, is the epitome of the modern day glam era. The setting: A mirrored vanity set amongst two mirrored dressing tables topped with tall elegant flower arrangements. Anything and everything mirrored goes with the style. Many of the 30s starlets were photographed in their dressings rooms seated at a similar mirrored vanity to Von Teese's.

Another way to add a touch of sumptuous Hollywood design? Animal accents:

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This home designed by The Jeffers Group is a lovely example of the excesses of the Hollywood style. The zebra buffet is a surprising element amongst other more modern pieces, but is tied in with zebra print cushions on the acrylic barstools. The starburst mirror is a big style booster as is the bubble light fixture above the dining table. The horned candelabras also add an imaginative touch.

For a dramatic, glamorous look, don't forget the chandeliers:

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The twinkling crystal chandelier, more crystal chandeliers here, takes center stage in this gray and pink living room. The walls, windows and floor are covered in gray which creates the illusion of matte silver and sets the fabulous light fixture off nicely.

In decor, nothing points to beautiful Hollywood glitz more than curves:

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The rolled back chair and curvy vanity is also indicative of the soft, sensual lines used in Hollywood's Golden Era. The detailing on both the vanity and the chair are another lovely aspect of the style as well as the acrylic table lamps, more table lamps here, set on both ends of the vanity.

Lastly, add texture:

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This glitzy bedroom is filled with rich velvets, sultry silks and smooth metallics. The velvet headboard and silk duvet soften the mirrored canopy bed as do the velvet pet chaise and sofa. Thick gray carpeting offers extra softness and comfort underfoot.

If you're looking for more ideas, Kelly Wearstler is often called the Queen of Hollywood Regency style. She published a book on the rebirth of the style. It's full of wonderful images and ideas for incorporating the style into your own home. How do you add a touch of the Hollywood dramatic to an interior?