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Glam Interior Design: The Difference Between Hollywood and Bohemian Glam

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 glamHollywood 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.

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Bohemian Glam

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.

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Redesigning Catherine Giudici Lowe’s Dining Room

catherine lowe dining roomWe’re big fans of Bachelor Nation here at Modsy HQ. In October of 2017 we helped Jade and Tanner design their daughter’s nursery and last month we transformed Catherine Giudici Lowe’s dining room from rustic to minimal and chic.

Peek inside her design transformation and see how she went from render to reality.

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When the rustic dining room no longer matched her style

In an exclusive interview with People magazine, Catherine noted that she wanted to redecorate her dining room because it no longer reflected the style she wanted for the space.  Just like people, styles evolve and Catherine was ready to “punch it up a little bit.”

“Everything was very muted in color,” Catherine said of her original rustic and cozy dining space. “I just think that someone’s design style should be representative of them. I’m a very comfortable person who enjoys being on the sofa with my family. I also have a personality where it’s a little spunky and a little bit of design-heavy. So I wanted [the dining room] to really be a representation of that part of me.”

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Finding a look that worked for the whole family

Catherine describes her style as “minimal glam” and says she often finds herself drawn to bold statements with a minimal aesthetic.

First, she swapped out the upholstered chairs for curvaceous velvet ones with gold legs. To give the room a more modern feel, she traded in the wooden table for a glass one.

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But style wasn’t the only factor that played a role in her redesign. Catherine and Sean are parents to two adorable kiddos, and they wanted to make sure their new dining space was functional for the whole family.

“The dining room is where you eat meals with your family,” Catherine stated. She knew she wanted to create a space that they all could enjoy and that would be the perfect setting for family dinners and conversation.

To help make the space more kid-friendly, we suggested she mount a wooden cabinet on the wall with a gold tray on top to store their spirits. This is a great way to keep the room’s function but in a way that is safe for the little ones. “You know, I don’t want my two-year-old to get in the bar area.”

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What’s next on the home design horizon

What’s next on the list for Catherine? She and Sean have plans to redo their master bedroom, but not until Isaiah moves into the nursery.

“[Our dining room] is kind of the trailblazer of the house right now,” she says. And while the new look is quite a contrast from the rest of her space, Catherine notes “that’s where I want my home to go—in the direction of an artful space that works and is functional for my family, but makes a statement.”

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February Favorite: Urban Outfitters Avery Velvet Dining Chair

Sleek and modern, retro and glamorous, Urban Outfitters’ Avery Velvet Dining Chair has it all. We love the look of this piece and the many ways you can style it. Use yours as a side chair, a vanity chair, or even a dining chair; here’s why we love the Avery Velvet Dining Chair and why we think you will too!

The Avery Velvet Dining Chair is versatile. We say highlight what you like most to make it work for your style. Love the chic velvet? Go Hollywood glam! Inspired by the Art Deco silhouette? Push your look more retro. Does the bent metal frame make you think of modernist furniture? Pair the Avery with mid-century pieces.

Avery Velvet Dining Chair Review

Here’s two ways we styled our Avery Velvet Dining Chairs. Learn how to get the looks and shop the related products from our collections!

Ode to Hollywood Glam

In a Hollywood Hills penthouse, full of velvet, lacquer, and gold, the Avery Velvet Dining Chair looks right at home. We paired the dusty rose option with the matching Charlette Vanity (also Urban Outfitters).

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80s Jungalow Chic

You can find the muted forest green version of the Avery Velvet Dining Chair in our 80s Jungalow Chic collection. Inspired by the Blanche Devereaux’s bedroom from the set of Golden Girls, we love the retro look the Avery chair brings to this space.

Avery Velvet Dining Chair Jungalow Chic

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Join the conversation and tell us what you love about the Avery Velvet Dining Chair! And if you’re still not quite convinced, see it in your space first with Modsy!

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Boho Glam Wonderland: Give Your Hollywood Glam Living Room a Bohemian Twist

Have you ever walked into a room and wanted to touch everything? That’s how we feel about this India Mahdavi-worthy living room, that’s full of luscious textures, earthy colors, and sumptuous materials. The result is a boho glam wonderland!

Boho Glam Living Room

Check out the shopping list below, with 100% real (and affordable) products and take a peek at our cheat sheet to learn how to get the look.

How you can get the boho glam look:

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  • Start with materials: The key to this look is the combination of organic and luxurious materials. Soft leather, stone, sheepskin, velvet, and shiny gold are your friends.

 

  • Make an understated statement: Nix the frills of Hollywood Glam and say “no thanks” to button tufting, sparkles, and exaggerated patterns. Instead, let the materials shine by choosing pieces with sleek forms.

 

Boho Glam Living Room

  • Add natural textures: Emphasize the bohemian element of your space with textures that showcase nature. We love the Sandstone Pattern wall art from Williams Sonoma, and have our eye fixed on the watery surface of the Ripple Media Console (CB2).

 

  • Curate an earthy color palette: If you can’t find it in nature, you won’t find it in this living room (looking at you hot pink!). We started with a base of charcoal and stoney greys and then layered in earthy hues. Think jewel tones, and seek out those saturated colors that will give your space a bohemian edge.

 

Boho Glam Living Room

  • Top it off with some whimsy: Create a playful space with whimsical accessories. Look for artwork that is a bit tongue-in-cheek for some great conversation pieces (as if this living room isn’t enough already).
    • We love the playful look of Anthropologie’s Ibex Side Table, and got a good laugh out of Alex Kostinskyi’s Knuba print (Artfully Walls).

Voila! Your living room is now the perfect balance of bohemian, glamorous, and minimal – oh my!

The Boho Glam Living Room Collection

 

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Industrial Chic Living Space

industrial chic living roomEven on an overcast, wintery day you still have a fabulous view of the city from international intelligence agent, Jane Bond’s penthouse. A luxe array of materials, iconic furniture, and every shade of black and white harmonize inside this industrial chic living room, where we got a chance to sit down and chat with the fierce female, herself.

 

Modsy: Last time we saw you, you were hopping on a plane to Paris. What’s changed since then?

Jane Bond: Wow time flies! It feels like nothing and everything all at once. My French has improved immensely and I’ve finally finished designing this space.

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Modsy: Your style has been described as a “feminine” take on a masculine aesthetic. Do you see it that way?

Jane Bond: I love industrial spaces, but I also crave things that sparkle. The industrial look is definitely one that gets attributed to a more “masculine” or rugged style, but I like to think I’m taking ownership and making it into something new that can be both soft and hard, masculine and feminine. Us ladies like concrete and leather, too!

 

Modsy: Can you give us a little insight into the design and styling of this room, in particular?

Jane Bond: I’ve been chasing this idea of the optimal entertaining environment. I love hosting gatherings, so I wanted to curate a space that catered to that need. The room is large, and I’ve filled it with lots of seating to create gathering spaces and little nooks for more intimate conversations. The overall look is a sort of glamorous take on the industrial aesthetic that you previously mentioned. I love re-articulating those two styles, which most people might see as opposites, and creating a space where they harmonize in this new, unexpected way.

industrial chic living room

industrial chic living room

Modsy: Can you give us an example?

Jane Bond: Animal print. When you think cheetah spots or zebra stripes, they’re not usually associated with concrete or metal. In this space, I strive to combine those two opposites in a way that feels unexpectedly familiar. Take this rug for example or that tessellated zebra artwork. They are both pieces that might easily get labeled as very glamorous or “girly,” but here they add this texture and subtle feminine statement to the space. That’s what I absolutely love, the subdued drama.

*Jane here is referencing her Calm Leopard rug (Horchow) and her Zebraba Tile artwork (Minted).

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Modsy: How have your many travels played a role in shaping your design aesthetic?

Jane Bond: While I’m not really one to bring home souvenirs (and let’s face it, I don’t often have time for sightseeing), traveling to so many places has given me a crash course in design and iconic pieces of furniture. I love seeing the ways culture and personality are communicated through interiors, and I think that idea is really present in my home.

 

Modsy: What is your favorite piece you own and why?

Jane Bond: Oh wow… That’s so hard to say, but right now I’m really loving my Animal Study print from Natural Curiosities. It’s just another beautiful example of this idea of taking a familiar form and translating it into something unexpected. And the orange brings just a touch of warmth to this otherwise very cool space.

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Modsy: Is there anything exciting that you are working on at the moment that you can tell us about?

Jane Bond: Laughs. You know I can’t give any details, but let’s just say I need to renew my passport.

 

Inspired by Jane’s home, we’ve created a collection that encapsulates her industrial chic aesthetic. Shop all the products in this collection below, or see it in your space with Modsy

 

 

The Collection

 

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Cabin in the Holly-Woods

We’ll be hibernating for the rest of Winter (maybe even some of Spring too) in this gorgeous “Cabin in the Holly-Woods” space. Part elegant hunting lodge, part wilderness chic, we designed this room for those who love rustic spaces with glamorous touches.

To start, we pulled together a base of hearty and comforting classic pieces, layered with delightful accents and luxurious statement pieces. Once the design was put together, we felt like our canvas – the room itself! – needed a little love. We decided some wall treatments were in order but, like many of you, we wanted to see the possibilities before committing. So, we came up with four options to choose from. We can’t decide, so pick your favorite!

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Blank Slate: For our original room we went with Benjamin Moore’s “Decorator’s White.” A slightly cooler shade, this choice creates a simple base for any interior and lets the furniture and materials speak for themselves.

Bold Color: Drama is the name of the game with this paint job. A bold and saturated green-blue hue, Benjamin Moore’s Salamander brings a breath of fresh-forest air inside our rustic glam space. We love how the gold accents and velvet sofa pop against this shade!

wood-panelingWood Paneling: This version of the space has been transformed by some peel-and-stick wood paneling from west elm. Available in four colors, we opted for the white-washed reclaimed wood for a fresh take on a “rustic cabin” staple.

wallpaperWhimsical Wallpaper: Piero Fornasetti’s Nuvolette wallpaper – “little clouds” in Italian – provides the stormy backdrop for the final version of our space. One of our favorite designers at Modsy, Fornasetti’s whimsical design transforms our glamorous cabin into a dreamy interior.

Stylist tip: We paired “Decorator’s White” with our Nuvolette wallpaper. The cooler white complements the wallpaper’s palette, where a warmer shade would feel oppositional.

If you like farmhouse chic, traditionally chic, or refined rustic spaces, you’ll be sure to love this collection! Not sure what your Modsy style is? Take our Style Quiz to find out.

Shop all the products in this collection below, or see it in your space with Modsy.

The Collection

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