If you like the idea of making your home into a bit of an escape from the real world, glam interior design might just be for you. This is a style that’s all about drama and elegance, creating spaces that are elevated escapes from the hum-drum of life. It’s a style that’s synonymous with the Hollywood hills, glamour, and opulence.
This style first appeared in the 1930s, just a bit before mid-century modern style became super popular. It came out of Hollywood’s Golden Age, where movie sets were decadent and glamorous, and Hollywood stars began decorating their homes in a similar fashion. Dorothy Draper, an interior designer known for her bold and over-the-top style, brought glam elements into homes, hotels, and businesses across the country, popularizing the style. Today, Jonathan Alder brings this look to life with a modern spin.
Glam design bridges the gap between Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern styles—both in time and in style. Glam decor features some of the patterns and colors found in Art Deco style, along with its love of opulence. But glam style favors more of the clean lines and silhouettes that mid-century modern style made popular. It’s certainly a different look from mid-century modern though—with far more opulence, textures, and patterns. And, while it’s a less well-known style than mid-century modern, it has certainly stood the test of time and remains a popular style today.
What Is Glam Interior Design?
But there’s not just one way to do glam. Today, you see it come to life in many different ways—from the more opulent Hollywood Regency style to the more approachable Bohemian Glam, and quite a bit in between. This style can be aspirational and over-the-top, feminine and chic, or even refined and reserved with only small pops of drama. The way that it comes to life is entirely up to you.
But what is consistent: glam interior design is all about luxury and glamour. When thinking about glam design ideas, the materials you use will really help drive home the style in your space. Metallic finishes, especially in gold and brass, are often found in glam spaces. For furniture, think velvet, marble, and furs for that high-end feel, and acrylic, lucite, or a high-gloss lacquer for a more modern spin. And, while a more formal style, it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Case in point: all good glam spaces have an animal print present in some form—whether in a rug, a piece of art, or throw pillows! It’s all about having a little bit of fun with the design of your home.
Glam spaces tend to have very layered looks that can be dramatic and over-the-top. So, maximalists: let yourself go wild! These spaces feature bold mixes of patterns, rich and vibrant colors, and plenty of metallic finishes. But it’s not just about the big-picture items like furniture and artwork. Once you have those pieces in place, make sure to layer in some lavish, ornate details that will give your space some added personality.
Get The Glam Look
With so many different takes on one overarching style, it can be difficult to know where to begin when designing a glam space. So, today, we’re breaking down the difference between two of the most popular takes on glam style—Hollywood Regency Glam and Bohemian Glam. We’ll show you what they’re all about and walk you through how to get the look. Read through the post, then let us know which one is your favorite!
Hollywood Regency Glam
Hollywood Regency Glam is the older, more classical version of glam. It features a more formal approach to glam decor that’s rooted in classic design styles but with a glamorous facelift. It’s a style that’s perfectly suited for formal entertaining
The Key Elements:
In Hollywood Regency spaces, you’ll see furniture with vintage forms—like a rolled-arm chesterfield sofa—but in updated upholstery, like a luxe velvet. Curved forms and tufting are perfect in a Hollywood Regency-style room. Symmetrical layouts help add to the formality of this style, while pops of brass add warmth and a sense of luxury. As you’ll see in the glam living room above, a refined color palette adds a note of restraint. Some glam spaces go for bold colors—but in the Hollywood Regency sub-set of glam, a more subdued color palette is preferred. However, a major pop of animal print—in this case in the rug—makes an unexpected and bold statement.
This style of glam is perfect for…
Those who prefer a more formal style but still want to have some fun. The formality of the layout and larger furniture pieces speak to that classical, Old Hollywood glam—but lots of brass, the animal print rug, and acrylic side tables give this look a modern, playful edge.Shop This Look
Bohemian Glam is a more 2020 take on glam style. While it still has moments of opulence, overall it’s a more casual and modern approach to the style. While perhaps an unexpected pairing, boho and glam are actually great styles to pair together. They’re both eclectic styles by nature, allowing you to incorporate unexpected decor choices throughout your space. This take on glam actually reminds us quite a bit of Blanche’s bedroom from The Golden Girls, or the playful, tropical opulence of The Beverly Hills Hotel.
The Key Elements:
With Bohemian Glam, you can really lean into glam materials like velvet, marble, and brass and take a bold approach to styling. This is definitely a style where more is more and you can make unexpected styling moves—like a mix of art that’s leaning on the mantel and propped on the floor rather than hanging on the walls. Or the use of double side tables in place of a coffee table!
The boho elements come through in the color palette and natural materials textures. We love the use of a leather sofa to ground the look, along with some rattan pieces for extra texture. Beyond that, go for a tropical palette with a mix of jewel tones and vibrant colors.Then, infuse your space with playful patterns galore! In the boho glam living room above, we love how the curved, jewel-tone velvet armchairs mix glam and boho elements so well. And the leaf side table? It pretty much sums up this look in a single piece.
This style of glam is perfect for…
Those who enjoy the opulence of glam style but want a space that’s more laid back and approachable. There’s a cheeky eclecticism to this modern glam style that manages to fully celebrate the lavish details of glam as much as the carefree playfulness of boho style.
Ready to incorporate glam design elements into your home decor?