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Regency Style Furniture: Timeless British Majesty

We have many antique-inspired pieces in our online furniture store that draw on the classic Regency style. This new furniture is either based on actual antique Regency pieces, or it takes its design cues from the style. So what is Regency style? It is named for the time in England in the early 1800s when George IV served as Prince Regent. This meant that he ran the country on behalf of his father who was unfit to carry out his duties as king due to mental health issues. George IV became king himself later, but the name Regency style has stuck as a way to describe furniture crafted during this era.

The furniture developed its look from Neoclassical Georgian furniture but it went even further with themes and motifs inspired by ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian architecture and design. It has a majestic look, but it is not overly fussy.

THeodore Alexander Regency CabinetThe furniture is generally large with a stately and monumental feel. It is usually made in dark woods to add to the imposing effect, like this new Theodore Alexander Regency cabinet above, crafted with mahogany and satinwood veneers with brass moldings.

Jonathan Charles Regency Console TableMahogany was highly popular with furniture makers, and rosewood and zebrawood veneers also added impressive surface effects. The new mahogany Jonathan Charles late Regency console table above shows how great mahogany can look, especially with classic banding. The new mahogany Jonathan Charles Regency style chest of drawers  below is another example.

Regency Chest of Drawers Jonathan CharlesAlthough designed to impress, the furniture profile tended to be fairly streamlined with clean edges. There were no frills, rather a more masculine approach of straight lines, crisp arches, and geometric shapes. The clean-edged look was sometimes ornamented by brass ring handles.  Stanley Furniture Regency Mirror

Other decorative motifs included classical symbols such as laurel wreathes, acanthus leaves, rosettes, masks, and mythological beasts including the Egyptian sphinx and griffins. The draping on this new Stanley Furniture Regency mirror with its gold and champagne silver leaf finish shows the regal pomp!

This style also featured ornate gold ormolu mounts and classical and military motifs. Brass accents and inlays were frequent decorations, and we also see metal paw feel on chairs and tables or claw and ball feet.

This new Jonathan Charles Regency style chair is a good example of how dramatic yet restrained the gilded look can be, especially against the chair’s ebonized black paint finish.  If you want gold in your space without it being too feminine, the Regency style is a great choice for you! Regency Chair Jonathan Charles Brass ring handles sometimes featured lion heads to add to the sense of majesty, as in this new mahogany and brass Theodore Alexander Regency style occasional table adorned with lion masks.

Theodore Alexander Lion Regency TableThe Regency style is often reproduced today by contemporary furniture makers with wonderful attention to detail. They look like original furniture of the period, but they are often scaled down in size to suit the size of today’s homes.  Check out all our new Regency style furniture and if you have an interior design scheme in this style, we’d love to see photos!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Client Spotlight: Jonathan Charles Buckingham Console Table

Linda K. sent some photos of her new living room in Wayne, PA, featuring the beautiful new Jonathan Charles console table that she bought from us.
Jonathan Charles console table Buckingham
The mahogany console table from the Jonathan Charles Buckingham collection is crafted in Late Regency style with an antiqued finish. The elegant wood detailing, ornate drawer handles, and fluted and tapered legs capture the Regency style perfectly.
Jonathan Charles Console Table BuckinghamHere’s the Buckingham console table in its new home. Linda has been doing a lot of work on the room although she ruefully added that her new living room project was going very slowly. Linda, tell us about it! We’ve been working on our 1920s vintage bungalow renovation for several years and we know how long these things take.

We think the room looks great already, with those gorgeous floors and the striking piece of art creating a focal point over the console table. It also looks like the windows are huge! Lots of lovely light in that room!
Jonathan Charles Buckingham Console Table
Linda says, ” The living room is starting to come together but we still need a rug, sconces on the wall, ficus trees in the corners with lighting, new window treatments AND the new beautiful couches came in the wrong fabric!” Linda order her new couches from a high-end chain and the sofas came in a light green or sea foam color.

“They were supposed to be much darker in color with a more olive green background, along with some beiges and browns,” Linda said. She was waiting for the chain to put the new order in so she could get the new couches in June sometime. I hope they’ve arrived with you by now, Linda!

In any case, Linda is very philosophical about it all. I guess we have to be sometimes, or we’d go crazy. Linda said, “At any rate, it’s small problems – just been a headache. Glad our console table was a breeze!”

We enjoyed dealing with Linda too. She found us on Bonanza.com and was very pleasant to work with. Here is a link to our Bonanza store.  Of course, you can also find this Jonathan Charles console table and all our fine antique French furniture and antique-inspired new furniture and lighting on our EuroLuxHome.com website too.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.