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The Baroque Design Style

The baroque design style was popular during the 17th and 18th centuries in many countries, including France, Italy, Germany, and England. 

It encompasses a wide variety of highly ornate artistic works, particularly in the decorative arts, such as furniture and architecture. This style is worth considering when you want to create a sophisticated ambiance that stands out among similar projects in the market. 

There are numerous ways to incorporate elements of baroque into your home.

Baroque Style Architecture

Baroque architecture is recognized for its sense of movement and drama. The buildings are often bright, with elaborate decoration on columns and other surfaces. A distinctive feature of many baroque structures is the cupola or dome rising above everything else. These domes can be beautiful, but they were built to honor royalty or religious figures.

  • Ornate roofing and entrances 

  • Drama and contrast

  • Curvaceousness

  • Gilded statuary

  • Frescoes

  • Trompe-l'oeil touches on the ceiling

  • Grand stairways

Baroque Materials

Although modern baroque buildings may seem similar to their Renaissance counterparts, most integrate new materials that allow for greater complexity in design. Whereas medieval castles were built primarily with stone, today's baroque structures incorporate elements made from glass, stainless steel, plaster, and stucco. These materials are cheaper and more forgiving when it comes to curving shapes.

  • Greater use of wood to achieve varied surface textures and colors

  • Brick and stone

  • Limestone and slate for the exteriors

  • Other noble materials, such as granite for the interiors

Baroque Colors and Finishes

One of baroque's defining characteristics is its bold use of color and finish. Inventive stonework, dramatic gilding, and colorful mosaic designs distinguish this style in different applications. Embracing intricate marble finishes into walls and floors can be a great way to add additional flair to your home without significantly impacting your budget.  

  • A mixture of solid and ornate patterns

  • Straight, clean lines in the interior

  • Gilded features 

  • White Palette Integration

  • Vibrant colors like deep red, green, or blue

  • Mirrors to reflect light throughout the home

  • Decorative trims around windows and doors

Baroque Furniture and Decor

Baroque homes often feature intricate carvings and flourishes in furniture pieces and décor. The design style is often described as flamboyant and assimilates copious amounts of detail from wall art to elaborate mirrors. Baroque furniture should make your home appear bold. Creating a classical setting requires more than just furnishings. So, you'll need decorations and window coverings to complete your look.

  • Shell-shaped chairs

  • Decorative mirrors with embellished edges

  • Hand embroidery 

  • Luxurious wood furniture

  • Velvet or silk upholstery

  • Décor with rare stones 

Baroque Lighting

Baroque style lighting is often simple and unassuming, but that doesn't mean it can't be exquisite. To create a space full of stylish vibes, you may need lavish antiques or ornate wall sconces. You can also stick to iron chandeliers and candelabras for your primary lighting sources. These were common fixtures in homes during Europe's baroque period. For your secondary lights, try hanging lanterns filled with candles or use glass bulbs with small electric bulbs inside them.

  • Double and single wall lights

  • Lavishly decorated candelabra

  • Floor lamps

  • Grand chandeliers 

  • Crystal pendants 

Baroque design style may be the appropriate choice if you want an elaborate home. It's lovely, with a concentration on high-quality furnishings used sparingly.

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