Louis XIV’s Palace at Versailles is the best place to get inspiration for Baroque style.
The Sun king had surrounded himself with the best designers of the time to create what made the splendor of France and the envy of other European kingdoms: Ornate furnishing, crystal chandeliers, gilded accessories, luxurious fabrics and opulent, theatrical overall look. In a nutshell, the opposite of clean lines!
So, what is Modern Baroque? The marriage of the Old-World with the New World
This redefined design trend mixes baroque patterns, gold and silver ornaments, crystal chandeliers and baroque furnishes with modern elements of contemporary architecture and design. It is now becoming a popular choice for homeowners who like the opulence of the classical baroque, but in more toned-down style.
Looking to create the look in your own home? The look works best if you keep in mind how to put it together. Here’s how:
1- Build the foundation colors:
Start with black, grey and white as your foundation colors and build from there. Incorporate metallic (either silver or gold, not both) and/or mirrored surfaces, crystal, or acrylic. This step must be done tastefully. Be careful not to overdo it. Add no more than two colors and stick to romantic hues.
Invest in pieces that glam up the space. An ornate mirror, headboard, chair. You can find such items in antique stores, auctions, estate sales… Even inexpensive reproductions can be easily found. Paint these statement pieces in high gloss black, or for a softer vibe, white. Upholster soft furnishings with damask, for instance. (If your home is pet-free, opt for sexy blue velvet.)
3- Don’t go over the top!
Avoid going over the top, unless you want your home to resemble Versailles. You don’t need 5 statement pieces in a single room. Sometimes, just a few pieces that are carefully placed will give the room that “it” factor you seek. Think of a focal point piece, and then, as I like to do, a “surprise” piece
4- Bring yesterday and today together:
Give the space a contemporary spin. Mix patterned fabric with bold striped wallpaper in similar colors. Vertical stripes are classic but pick up clean lines of modern furniture, giving the room height and creating a sense of spaciousness
Most of all have fun and invite a friend over with a good eye or work with a professional. Someone who knows about this style and can offer you some great tips.
Brigitte Beltran is a Professional Interior Designer and certified Feng Shui practitioner, founder of FS2D Design Group, Inc. Her consulting firm is located in Miami, Florida. She can be reached at 786.223.8476 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. www.fs2ddesigngroup.com