Revisit Old Hollywood in the most modern way: by bringing it into your home. The design style is ultra glam and its components are nothing short of luxurious. Go beyond the simplicity and naïveté of girly to a classic sophistication mixed with a bold lavishness and everything over-the-top. It’s a timeless, elegant bling, and the textures are rich, the lines are soft, and everything can be described as “sumptuous”.
A Brief History
Replete with lush fabrics, sleek hues, and glittering finishes, the opulence of ultra glam is undeniable. Think back to 1950s cocktail style, when a look wasn’t complete unless it was garnished with pearls or diamonds and take-notice heels. The ultra glam image encompasses the allure of Jean Harlow and Elizabeth Taylor, and blends it with the flirtatious sensuality of Chanel’s LBD (little black dress, for those not in-the-know). It’s a modern boudoir, or a seductress a-là Agent Provocateur.
On the home front, notable aficionados of ultra glam include wedding queen Vera Wang (who now dabbles in the world of home fashions), acclaimed interior designer Barbara Barry, and Canada’s Kimberly Seldon. All capture the intricacies of glamour and luxury in every minute detail.
When bringing the design style to your personal space, go as all-out or as subtle as you feel comfortable with. If you’re afraid the look of luxe won’t get the stamp of approval from your mate, or if you can’t imagine the kids keeping their paws off your mirrored surfaces, incorporate the style in a small space that’s family-free such as the guest bedroom, your bathroom, or your closet. (A patterned and textured wallpaper combined with a mini-chandelier-like lighting fixture and an upholstered bench or stool can instantly turn a small walk-in closet into a dressing chambre fit for a queen.)
How to Get the look
- Mix black with silver accents or a rich, attention-getting fuchsia. Or try regal jewel tones such as amethyst or emerald.
- Think bling by reflecting and refracting light using glass, mirror, and silver (or copper) foil finishes.
- Opt for textured accents by choosing throw pillows that have braided piping or tasseled trims as well as plush, woven blankets featuring extended fringes.
- Adorn a room with an elegant sidepiece such as a sideboard or buffet that has sensual lines and curves in a deep wood finish.
- Soften up the look of a hardwood floors with a shag or fur rug (faux is fine).
- Choose tufted seating (couches, benches, elegant chairs) embellished with a studded trim.
- Create a collage of mirrors on an empty wall just as you would a collection of photo frames. Place identical mirrors in a symmetrical grid, or mix and match styles, sizes, and shapes in an organized cluster.
- Dress windows in opulent floor-to-ceiling drapes that pool on the floor in fabrics such as velvets, brocades, and raw silks.
- Reupholster accent pieces (try a foot stool) in a statement pattern or fabric such as an animal print or vintage lace.