If you’re like most people I know, you may have been sucked into the life of hip hop mogul, Lucious Lyon and his spit fire ex-wife, Cookie from the Fox hit show, Empire. Every week, my friends tune in to the epic family and business drama of the Lyon family. Now, I must admit, the over-the-top, Dynasty-esque quality of the show isn’t exactly my thing. But, I AM obsessed with the luxurious, large-than-life set designs – especially Lucious Lyon’s lair. The decor is bold, unique, with glitz and glam to spare – All key elements of my personal favorite design style, Hollywood Regency. if you’re craving Lucious Lyon’s luxe Hollywood Regency style, here is how you too, can live like a Hollywood mogul.

Hollywood Regency Style: Decorating Ideas to Steal From Empire’s Lucious Lyon


Lucious Lyon


Smaller scale furniture

In a Hollywood Regency style home like Lucious’ furniture  should make a statement without stealing the spotlight from the stars sitting on them. Furniture should be modest in size and create visual interest. You also want to select pieces that aren’t seen everywhere and reflect your personality.


Luxurious Fabrics

Lucious Lyon’s living room is dressed to the nines in sumptuous fabrics – from the silk drapes to the faux fur pillows. Textiles like silks, satins, velvet, and chenille add depth and a sense of opulence that a Hollywood Regency styie space demands.


Gorgeous Glass, Crystal and Metals

Every mogul has to have a little bling. Mirrored furniture, crystal chandeliers, brass lamps and metallic finishes cast light around the room in an eye-catching way. Think of it as jewelry for your room.  For a truly Old Hollywood feel, chose pieces that reminiscent of the 1920s and 30s. Etsy and Craigslist are great places to find vintage pieces.

Lucious Lyon


Bold Patterns and Lacquered Finishes

Animal Prints, snake skin, oversized stripes, geometric patterns  and glossy, lacquered finishes add the drama a Hollywood Regency style space demands. Wanna take things to the next, show-stopping level? Choose vivid colors, like tomato red, Prussian blue or kelly green, for your lacquer pieces.


Lucious Lyon


Dramatic Accents

Like Lucious Lyon himself, his home is bold, dramatic, and just a little over-the-top. Unique artwork and accent pieces,  oversize sculptures, and opulent chandeliers make the Lyon mansion a showpiece for guests. To recreate this style try to avoid mass-produced objects from the big box stores. Instead, choose personal pieces that reflect a sense of who you are. Scour flea markets, estates sales and sites like Etsy and Craigslist for those rare, visually interesting, vintage pieces.


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Also, stay tuned for more Lucious Lyon inspired decorating ideas.


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