During the late 19th century, the word “glamour” was introduced into the movie industry in an effort to create a more attractive appearance on set. “Glamour is the impression of attraction or fascination that a particularly luxurious or elegant appearance creates, an impression which is better than the reality.” (www.wikipedia.com) When we think of interior genres, Old Hollywood Glamour fits in this category perfectly. When you walk into a room that is designed in this style, it conveys an elegance that screams “luxury”. Some examples of this are below:
Hollywood Glamour is based off design elements that give you a soft, glitzy, feminine touch. Although many times it is perceived as an interior space that has a minimalistic style, this is not the case because the monochromatic color pallete gives the illusion that there are less objects in the room than there actually are.
So How do I create a “Old Hollywood Glamour” Look?
Shiny! Shiny! Shiny! is the motto for creating a room like this… When shopping to create this look you want to pick out some of the most gaudy, shiny things possible! The room will have mirrored furniture, glitzy fabrics, chandeliers, and acrylic furniture incorporated into the decor to project a modern take on the “Old Hollywood” style. But…it is very important that you make sure that all the pieces you select coordinate with each other! To create this look, you will only need one or two things in each category.
1. Mirrored Furniture
2. Glitz Fabrics
(Never repeat a pattern twice, unless it’s for symmetry purposes)
Step 1: Mirrored Furniture
There are many places where you can get mirrored furniture these days, but when selecting each piece you need to pay attention to the finish of the mirror. Mirrors will come in a clean clear finish or an antique distressed finish. If you choose to place more than one mirrored piece in the room they need to have the same finish so that one does not look dirtier than the other.
Step 2: Glitz Fabrics
Use shiny, glitzy fabrics in this room as a punch of texture. There are many fabrics that have a shiny texture such as patent leather, satin, taffeta, or silk. There are also velvets and other textured fabrics which incorporate metallic images and threads that give a presence of glamour. Anything with a minimalistic sparkle will create that high-end appeal to the world of shine!
Step 3: Chandelier
Although chandeliers are light fixtures that are “ornate, containing dozens of lamps and complex arrays of glass or crystal prisms to illuminate a room with refracted light”, they will vary in shape and size! When incorporating a chandelier into the ambiance of an “Old Hollywood” glamour room, keep in mind which style would work best for the space of your room. Your chandelier should complement not overpower the rest of the room.
Step 4: Acrylic Furniture
Incorporating the room with acrylic furniture accents will give the visual appearance that there is more space. Whether you are incorporating an all acrylic chair, or acrylic legs on your upholstered furniture this clean translucent look will enhance the luxurious look that “Old Hollywood” Glamour achieves.
As you can see, there are many things that you must consider when designing a room after the “Old Hollywood” Glamour look. The most important design key is to remember that “Simple is Better”. You don’t want to go overboard with shine and glamour because then it looses its elegant luxurious appeal. Each item that you choose for the room must represent unique qualities that are not incorporated into other rooms. It is great to recycle old furniture from Rococo and French Baroque Period which will enhance the dramatic curves in the room and give the elegance that this particular look deserves.
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