The classical arch became popular again, panel mouldings were simplified and walls were plain plaster or simply painted in neutral colours, such as grey. Symmetry found its place again and decorative devices came from classical figures, swags, garlands, laurel wreaths and urns. Flamboyance could still be seen in the beds where ostrich feathers adorned many a corona and the fabric of choice was the eye-boggling Toile de Jouy. (Take care when examining these fabrics as they often showed the events of the day in all their gory glory including the guillotining of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.)
All interior surfaces can be replaced, Leather is a popular option, but there are other types of fabric including Fur for those brave ones amongst you. Sit down and carefully plan what you are going to do, take a look at show cars to get some ideas of what to do. Keep the overall theme of the car – the interior should match the exterior theme.
Panels were carved and painted, plaster covings imitated fabric swags, huge Aubusson tapestries hung from the walls, tiles were made from rich marble and geometric parquet was to be found on the floors. This very elaborate style clearly reflected the kind of king Louis XIV was – an absolute monarch who reigned for over 72 years, through many major wars. France was the leading power in Europe and the king’s palaces and their interiors showed this.
The designers of the new Astra really put a lot of thought into the design of the interior in order to maximise the storage options inside the car. Not only did they work to make sure there was plenty of storage space, they tried to design these spaces in order to make it easy for people to carry and stow away those items that people most often carry with them in their cars. This will make it easier for the people who are travelling in the car since they won’t have to worry about where to put their stuff.
Do you know the difference between a duvet, davenport and armoire? Does your wall decor and table centerpiece have to match the linens? Do you know the difference between primary colors and secondary colors? If you answered ’yes’ to any two of the previous three questions: congratulations, the Bravo network would like to offer you your own television series! But, if words like camel-back, drop-leaf and love-seat bring to mind the pictorial from that certain magazine you’ve got stashed away in the garage, read on.