Furniture Styles From 1930s Hollywood

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1930s Hollywood style is called Hollywood Regency style. Hollywood Regency consists of low, clean-lined furniture in high quality fabrics. The furniture is set in a room with bold wall patterns, oriental- and art deco-influenced draperies and a bit of glamour thrown in.

The collage of these various styles began when set designers introduced similar elements into their homes.


Look for silk or velvet sofas with clean lines. Avoid overstuffed furniture and look for low arms and attached backs. Go for a bright colour and, if pillows are a must-have, choose two matching pillows or two pillows in the colour opposite the colour of the sofa.


Look for Asian influences in chairs. Skip the skirts and let the chair legs show. Bamboo backs fit right in with 1930s Hollywood Regency style. Search for Greek Key design in side chairs. Toss in a pair of upholstered stools for extra seating. Pick stools with no backs or arms and simple legs.


Look for curves when choosing side tables. Curves and shiny surfaces like lacquer, glass or mirrored pieces help create the Regency style. Keep table tops clutter free. Tables should be small in scale.


Go bold with floor rugs. Look for bright, bold patterns. Use more than one floor rug to designate spaces. Think animal print and fake fur. Layer these prints on top of geometric prints. Choose bold prints for the walls and frame them in black lacquered frames. Use ornate and oversized mirrors on the walls. Lamps should be functional pieces of art so look for ornate details, floor lamps that mimic columns, and fringed shades.