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Interior design styles: Baroque chic

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Palace style is characterized by over the top elegance, majestic forms and an abundance of luxurious materials. It is a look that uses a lot of asymmetry, restless lines and bright accessories. The style originated during the reign of Louis XIV, who was known for his love of opulence and the high life. However, you don’t have to live in a real palace to decorate your house or apartment like. Baroque Classic never goes out of fashion, and who wouldn’t want to live like a king in an interior that looks like a palace?

Royal chambers

Royal chambers require a large volume. Baroque style furniture and décor can be quite massive, so you should only decorate a room in the palace style if you have the space to do so properly. Elements like royal chandeliers, painted vaulted ceiling, gold leaf and stained glass windows, as well as theatre curtains and elegant furniture upholstered in rich fabrics look stunning in rooms with high ceilings and large windows, but are too overpowering in a small living room.

Attention to detail

 Living room by Дизайн студия 'Exmod' Павел Цунев
Дизайн студия <q>Exmod</q> Павел Цунев

Частный дом г. Невинномысск. гостиная

Дизайн студия "Exmod" Павел Цунев

The baroque look is too bright and individualistic to coexist peacefully with different styles in other areas in the interior. Therefore, if you want your home to look like a palace, all areas must reflect the Baroque era. If the size of your home does not allow for a massive grand staircase, get help from intricate wrought iron railings. Paying attention of details will ensure that the look is uniform.

The gilded age

The abundance of bright gold is an indispensable element for a palace interior. For those who have a special weakness for this metal, get familiar with the technique of gilding, or applying thin layers of gold onto items and interior details. Gold-plated coverings approximately double the hardness of a surface and are a good way to protect against corrosion. Gilding the interior demonstrate the richness and grandeur, but it is important not too go too overboard – too much gilding will dull the otherwise glittering effect.


In a palace-like interior, you will also want to look like a king. Royalty never appeared in public without expensive jewellery made of precious stones. This piece is constructed of the skeleton of the sea urchin and metal beads purchased at a flea market in Southeast Asia. Decoration this eye-catching is perfectly suited for a Baroque atmosphere.

Baroque contemporary

  by Murat Sabekov
Murat Sabekov

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Murat Sabekov

For fans of lush furniture and dynamic, sophisticated décor, it is not easy to live in the typical small-sized apartments. If you want to make a small apartment feel like opulent palaces, try adding a few modern items specific to the Baroque to the interior decor of the room, as did the designer of the room shown in this photo. The traditional huge wall clocks or mirrors in carved, textured frames can be replaced by a modern mirror-sun, the creators of which must have been inspired by Baroque decor. If you have a modern laminate floor, it is not difficult for experienced craftsmen to make the wood look older. Instead of huge wall murals, which are not very compatible with the space of a small room, try using decorative wallpaper with luxurious designs and interesting textures.

Victorian combination

Victorian style was born many centuries after the palace look but, in spite of its characteristic rigor and stiffness, willingly adopted some elements of the eccentric and dramatic Baroque. For this reason, a Chesterfield sofa can sit quietly side by side with armchairs in the baroque style. Look at how well it works with this impressive, luxurious chandelier!

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