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GET THE LOOK - What is Contemporary Glam Style?

Updated: Apr 13

***Original post 2021.***

If your tastes lean toward the glamorous side of the spectrum you probably got a little sparkle in your eye with my previous Art Deco Style post. Today I have another glamorous style for you ...Contemporary Glamour!

While Art Deco style references a specific era, Contemporary Glamour is of-the-moment. It is a mix of decadent decor from any era, but with a very livable quality to it. Rooms should feel welcoming, not stuffy, but still exude richness.

Glamorous living room with lush materials and striking decor that feels luxe.

How to Get the Look - Key Elements

  1. MATERIALS - Polished stone, crystal, animal hides, acrylic, high-end textiles (mohair, velvet, silk, cashmere, fur, wool), and sumptuous wall coverings...if these materials were people they would all be "it" girls.

  2. COLORS & FINISHES - Metallic, mirrored, gilded or translucent...there has to be sparkle! For an easy formula try mixing your favorite metallic with your favorite color and either black or white. Think tuxedo with an evening gown! If you are more adventurous feel free to mix metals and add in more colors.

  3. FURNISHINGS - These should be luxurious but comfortable. In the words of Coco Chanel, "Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it's not luxury." Pay attention to the details....a gorgeous fringe, a contrast welt, jewelry-like hardware, a delicate inlay. Even if you can't afford custom-made, find pieces that give you the same feel, or upgrade a retail item with your own custom details.

  4. LIGHTING - Your lighting really has to make an impression. Think of it as the jewelry of the room, and you want a giant, impressive diamond ring! This is your chance to bring in a lot of that sparkle you need to pull off the look. Metallics work well here as do natural stone, glass and lacquered finishes. Also, make sure you highlight reflective surfaces in the space with uplights, downlights or spotlights!

  5. PRINTS - Animal prints are top of the list of course, followed by a hefty dose of geometrics.

Now that you have the tools, start creating your own Contemporary Glam pad! Click on any of the products below to Shop the Look.

***Updated April 2024.  In the case that the same items were not available, similar items were chosen.***

Contemporary Glam Style

Not a fan of any of the options above? Here are some alternatives so you can make it your own! Click on any of the items to get a closer look.

Contemporary Glam Sofas & Chairs

Contemporary Glam Coffee & Side Tables

Contemporary Glam Lighting

Contemporary Glam Accessories

Contemporary Glam Rugs

Contemporary Glam Tile & Flooring

Websites to shop for more Contemporary Glam Style:

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