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.)
Second of all, place candles in every room. The long ones are very elegant when put in a beautiful metallic candlestick. In addition to ordinary furniture, such as sofas, armchairs and tables, it is excellent to have ottomans, benches, chaise lounges or poufs. They also have to be ornamental and curvy. Ideally they would be quilted, and upholstered with faux fur, velvet or plush. Needless to say, personal things need to be put aside in drawers and other places. Glamour interior does like to have excess decorations but nothing more; otherwise it will become cluttered. Such interiors are not supposed to be cozy.
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.
Compliment your pieces – As a final touch, there are some things you can do to add the last finishing. This includes matching window dressing with the colour of your furniture. You can use beautiful curtains to highlight a specific theme in your room or compliment the colour of the dining room table. Small dinning rooms look great with natural wood blinds which compliment the colour of the table.
This period saw the introduction of many pieces of furniture that exist in modern homes today – the console table, fauteuils (open armed chairs) and the chaise longue. Today’s love of exuberant wallpapers of Indian and Chinese design were just as up-to-the-minute back then -though commodes were also the height of fashion.