INMO Style Guide: Mid-Century Modern vs Hollywood Regency Part Four, Two Sides of a Coin, Three Coins in a Fountain

INMO Style Guide: Mid-Century Modern vs Hollywood Regency Part Four, Two Sides of a Coin, Three Coins in a Fountain

Over the past few weeks we’ve looked at two very distinct styles of design born out of the same era. We’ve discussed their history, notable aspects and iconic designers. Which one is right for your home?

Although the furniture itself has a fair amount in common with one another, Hollywood Regency’s accessories are always flashy and bold with details that are often inspired by Art Deco, black and white patterns, and jewel tones, whereas Mid-Century Modern seeks minimalism and clean forms resulting from the idea that function should dictate form. Hollywood Regency demands attention with opulence and bold, striking accents, where the function comes secondary to form. By the 1970’s, Hollywood Regency and Mid-Century Modern began to blend well together, particularly in California, creating distinct movements like the Palm Beach style. Mid-Century design began incorporating large patterns into rooms, adding a similar approach to the bold colors and shapes of Hollywood Regency.

How can they work together? The beauty of Hollywood Regency is that it combines characteristics from numerous eras, and is compatible with many different aesthetics. The biggest key to the complex mashup of its components is a sense of balance, symmetry, and order. Modern interpretations of the two styles combine the materials, patterns and colors of Hollywood Regency with the function and clean lines of Mid-Century Modern. Designing a functional space with eye catching accents can create an eclectic, original environment.

Interior Motives carries a variety of iconic pieces from Hollywood Regency and Mid-Century design from notable designers such as Edward Wormley, Paul McCobb, Paul Frankl, Dorothy Draper and William Haines, with new items added to our inventory each week. Visit our collections and build your perfect space.

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