This week, we’re stepping back in time to highlight the beauty of the Baroque era. In the 17th century, European design leaned toward exaggeration, and over-emphasized brilliance. We, as interior designers - love over-emphasized brilliance. Who doesn't? The spreading Renaissance carried this free manner everywhere, and for two centuries, most European art was Baroque.
is the essence of Baroque - large curves, fantastic and irregular
- twisted columns, broken pediments, and oversized moldings. Everything
was calculated to strike the eye. Baroque is a masculine style, while
its feminine counterpart, Rococo, came in the 18th century substituting
prettiness and charm for Baroque magnificence.
Beautiful mirrors with curves and carved ornamentation are always in style. For example, an over scaled Baroque mirror
from La Barge dominates and makes a grand statement
in a dining room over a sideboard or in a large entry way. A Grecian
crackled gold finish and rub-through set this mirror apart. A mirror such as this can add eclectic interest to a room that is modern
and sleek where a statement piece is needed to shake things up a bit.
you’re considering the addition of a Baroque piece to your home, look
for classic pieces that stand the test of time. And know - that you can’t
go wrong with La Barge, a featured line here at J. Douglas Design.