When you think of west coast luxury, the art deco and gilded glory of 1920s Hollywood often comes to mind. But incorporating an upscale California vibe in your home offers much, much more. Consider the warmth and richness of the arts and crafts movement and the captivating mid-century heyday of Palm Springs. Designing in the west coast style can be anything from modern to contemporary and may include a fair share of historical inspiration.
Arts and Crafts Decorating and Design
The ultimate understated Cali chic comes from the arts and crafts movement pioneered on the left coast in the early 1900s. Think simplicity and craftsmanship, highlighting vertical wood panels or slats, a substantial feel and simple profiles. Themes of nature permeate this décor, with flowers, rabbits and even peacocks. Color schemes are also taken from nature, which lend a soft, welcoming sense to any room. Stained glass was another staple of arts and crafts themed décor. Bring a sense of this style to your space with a Tiffany-style table or floor lamp and a flat, woven area rug.
Art Deco and Hollywood Luxe Decor
Imagine Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and a bevy of starlets walking the red carpet under glittering spotlights. In your home, that translates to chandeliers that make a statement and entry details celebrating luxury. Gilt mirror frames and metallic wallpaper in the entry way make a bold statement. Art deco lends itself very well to the master bedroom where geometric designs and bold curves blend with symmetry and plush fabrics. Use wall mirrors above nightstands and luxurious bedding to create an instant homage to the Hollywood hotels of early 20th century.
Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern Style
There is perhaps no greater embodiment of west coast luxury than the way the Rat Pack took on Palm Springs. Channel Frank, Dean and Sammy by incorporating a sleek Danish modern dining room set into your home. Focus on the details with lighting and accessories that play up the natural materials and soft curves of the furniture. Planters are a unique and fun way to add mid-century visual interest to a space. One modern take on accessorizing a Palm Springs-inspired space is orange (think cantaloupe!) Look for clocks, throw rugs and even lampshades in this kicky color.
The beauty of west coast luxury design is its versatility and variation. Any of these themes work well for a gradual transition, allowing you to add new pieces to your existing space over time. Don’t worry about mixing your metaphors either, as each of these styles transitioned one to the next over time with many aspects influencing the others. For advice on incorporating this design style into your home, the expert designers at Guild Hall Home Furnishings in Salt Lake City can help you add a little west coast luxury design to your lifestyle.