1950s Hollywood Glam Bedroom

Opulent, luxurious and potentially indulgent, Hollywood Glamour is particularly fitting for bedroom decor. Whether the bedroom is for a young girl, single young woman or a couple, Hollywood Glamour -- also known as Hollywood Regency -- can be gloriously retro or cutting-edge modern. While it looks rich, Hollywood Glamour-style doesn’t have to cost a fortune. The keys to glamming up a bedroom ala Hollywood’s Golden Age are understanding its signatures, and then making choices in keeping with the needs and style of the bedroom’s “star.”

As its name implies, Hollywood Glamour style is largely inspired by the golden age of Hollywood, from 1930 through 1950. Hollywood set designers inspired the style with the grand, luxurious backdrops for stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Joan Crawford walking down spiral staircases spotlighted by a crystal chandelier or pampering themselves in front of their vanities. The actors were often larger-than-life, so the set designs had to be rich enough to showcase them, but minimalist enough not to outshine them. Other influences of Hollywood Glamour style include art deco and Asian-inspired elements.

A Hollywood Glamour bedroom wouldn’t be complete without at least a few signature furniture pieces to define the look. There is no minimum or limit, so work with your existing furniture, taste and budget to incorporate any of the following. A grand-scale bed with or without tall posts at the head and foot -- in other words, go tall or go minimal, but by all means go big. A chaise lounge is a hybrid of a couch and a chair, and no self-indulgent starlet would be caught without one in her bedroom. A makeup vanity is a focal point of a Hollywood Glamour bedroom, almost equal to the bed.

Two signature accents in a Hollywood Glamour bedroom are grand enough to be on par with its furniture: a chandelier and a large wall mirror. If a crystal chandelier isn’t in your budget, capiz shell lanterns can be hung from any ceiling without electrical work and are widely available for reasonable prices. The large wall mirror can be of any shape but should be big enough to be the focal point on whichever wall you choose to hang it. If you don’t already have one and it isn’t within your budget, try a vignette of several smaller mirrors on one wall.

Colors and Materials
Movies in the earlier part of Hollywood’s Golden Age were filmed in black and white, so set designers often used lush or reflective materials in rich colors to create depth. White was used then and now, but not without other colors, such as black -- from the art deco influence -- variations of blue, and Asian-inspired color palettes, such as red, yellow and green. Popular materials then and now to create Hollywood glamour are silver or mirror-like finishes, crystal, velvet, silk and satin.


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