The History of French Furniture Styles
In this modern age, the idea of a home office seems to invoke images of sharp, minimal offices with dull, uniform furniture. Hardly the place you would like to spend your working day.
23 AprHow many times have you sat and watched a period drama and thought That house is beautiful, I wish I had some of those pieces? If youre anything like us, quite a few times I imagine! This year celebrated 200 years since Pride and Prejudice was first published, which led to many of us re-watching the classic BBC series as well as the more recent Keira Knightley version, which only further ignited our desires for gorgeous, grand furnishings worthy of a Mr Darcys attention. Luckily for you, Beau Décor has some beautiful furniture available to help you recreate the look of a classic novel, and the Georgian White Collection in particular is a timeless collection perRead more »
French Provincial furniture made in the Provicial cities and towns like Lyon and Leige, retained cultural identies distinct from the metropolis. This more conservative French furniture style is well know for its functionality and charm. The Provincial French furniture has the French elegance with calved detailing but is generally simpler in design than that of the elaborately calved Baroque and Rococo styles. Our Elizabeth Stone Collection is a beautiful french collection that exuberates the french provincial style through and through. The demand
23 DecShabby chic is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are worn to show their age and signs of wear and tear or new items are distressed evoking the appearance of age. This effect is achieved by using a glaze or by painting in layers then worn off to reveal a base coat or wood. Shabby Chic styling tends to be cream and white furniture teamed with faded pastels creating a soft and feminine feel, this emphasizes its difference from regular vintage decor. Shabby chic teams functionality, comfort and style creating the type of decoration found in large country houses. The end result ofRead more »
The popularity and success of the Baroque style was encouraged by the Roman Catholic Church from the late 16th century to the early 18th century. The Baroque era is most often defined as "the dominant style of art in Europe between the Mannerist and Rococo eras, a style characterized by dynamic movement, overt emotion and self-confident." The dramatic style of Baroque furniture, architecture and art was used as a means of impressing visitors and expressing triumphant power and control. Baroque palaces are built around an entrance of courts, grand staircases and reception rooms of sequentially increasing opulence. The classic Baroque style is characterised by exuberant decoration, expansive curvaceous forms sometimes pompous grandeur, full of elaborate calving statement pieces to become a focal point... Not a style for the faint hearted!
The decorative style of Rococo furniture was developed in the 18th centry in France, when the Baroque artists gave up their symmetry and became increasingly more florid playful and ornate. The Rococo movements name literally means rocks (rocaille) and shells (coquilles) in French. Rococo rooms were designed as total works of art, comprising of elegantly calved furniture, scuplutres, tapestries and reliefs. One item that became part of the Rococo movement was the decorative mirror placed above the mantel piece to create an illusion of space. Rococo styling enthuses opulence and comfort, our Versailles french furniture collection demonstates just that !