When looking for furniture for a luxurious interior design, it is a good idea to focus on specific styles, and there are plenty of those. This will allow us to focus on colors, shapes and elements that are characteristic of a particular period, which will add even more extravagance and uniqueness to our interiors.
Inspired by French art and design from the 1920s, art deco (short for artistic decoration) is characterized by sleek metallic finishes such as stainless steel, glass and chrome. In contrast to the vintage style, which emphasizes floral patterns, rugs and bedding feature graphic prints such as zigzags, sunbeams, animal prints and geometric shapes. Furniture and wall paintings throughout the art deco-inspired home are defined by frayed, pointed edges. The furniture is also larger – generous chairs, cabinets, dressers and couches are typical of the 1920s. Light fixtures have the same texture as the decor and furniture. They are usually made of smooth, shiny materials such as polished bronze, chrome or steel. Bold geometric patterns are often printed on sconces, ceiling fixtures and lamps. Other angular patterns, such as herringbone and zigzags, adorn light fixtures. Great examples of Art Deco architecture can be found in the historic district of Miami Beach, Florida, where this whimsical style is reflected in many small hotels built from the mid-1920s to the early 1940s.
Like abstract expressionist art, abstract home design focuses on unique architectural elements such as asymmetrical doors and home furnishings. It is similar to modern or contemporary design in that it uses clean lines, although abstract style also incorporates chaotic aspects to provide a fresh and unique perspective. This type of interior design lends itself to bold colors such as yellows, blues, and oranges. Black is used as a contrasting element to create a striking statement. Tables, chairs, and sofas have clean lines, but like the overall abstract style, this designer furniture is asymmetrical. Lighting also has simple lines and borrows from modern aesthetics. You may see a geometric diamond-shaped pendant that casts abstract lighting throughout the interior.
Baroque home decor is associated with opulence, dignity and luxury. Intricately designed furniture, gilded accessories and elegant materials such as marble and granite are characteristic of this European-inspired style. The architecture, decorations and furniture are symmetrical, and representations of shells and garlands are often used throughout the home. Irregular curves, elaborate scrolls, oversized moldings and twisted columns can be found on items such as sofas, dining chairs, tables and cabinets to create a sense of movement. Decorative marriage chests called cassini also incorporated many of these organic details. Candles and lanterns are common lighting fixtures used in this style of home. Iron lanterns adorn the walls of hallways, and candles flicker on wooden, brass, and tin stands.
Otherwise known as the renovation style, this is similar to Baroque-style homes. Brass is the best choice for cabinet handles, faucets and doorknobs. Furniture is delicately carved and decorated with elegant woodwork inspired by floral and fruit motifs and baluster-style legs. Walnut is the type of wood most commonly used for chairs, tables, cabinets and so on. A decorative covering of precious wood called veneer is applied to the furniture to give it character. Carolean lighting combines modern and Old World features through simple silhouettes and detailed finishes. Table lamps have lampshades of silk or velvet and are decorated with tapestries and tassels.
Directoire interior design emerged in the late 18th century and combines features of both Greek and Roman styles. Directoire style furniture is elegant with a sophisticated look. It was a direct result of the French Revolution. Carpenters made furniture smaller and eliminated much of the marquetry that was prevalent in the earlier design period to appeal to a more proletarian clientele. Instead of engraved emblems of aristocracy and royalty, Directoire furniture is decorated with griffins and Greek caryatids. The most common piece of furniture is the sofa, inspired by a Greek-style couch. The ends of the bed are gently curled and of equal height. Neoclassical seating often includes curved backs and outward curving legs, reminiscent of Greek klismos chairs. Light fixtures certainly have an antique feel, as table lamps, wall sconces and chandeliers never fail to feature ornate details
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