The use of a purple damask wallpaper with ornate antique furniture alludes to fancier times.
Design tips for evergreen home décor that will never go out of style
Sure the color of the year is ‘Ultra Violet’ and tropical themes are taking over – but these are just trends! Though not necessarily trendy, what never goes out of style are classical interiors inspired by Renaissance Roccoco, Baroque and neoclassical periods. After all, communicating extravagant luxury, comfort and elegance is absolutely timeless; who wouldn’t want their home to feel like a royal palace? Follow our guide to learn about what you need to do to achieve New Classical Design in your home.
A golden Baroque style floral wallpaper wraps a dining room in luxury.
The Influences of New Classical Design
Minimalist décor and boring block color painted walls are a relatively new phenomenon. When you look back into history at those who could afford to put thought into the design of their interiors, you will find ornate, detail rich rooms with undeniable charm and grace. The time we are referring to is the Renaissance Period (c. 14 – c. 17) which includes two especially famous styles, being Baroque (1600- 1750’s) and Rococo (1730 – 1760’s). While the two periods feature some key differences in the moods they create, their general color schemes and their levels of decoration, they are still both in the realm of renaissance design and differ greatly from the interior design styles of today.
Following the true classical era came the Neoclassical period (18th and 19th c.) where the idea was to simplify the Baroque and Rococo styles and today, the contemporary term for the continuation of the classical tradition is ‘New Classical’ design (20th – 21st c.). Although we find the ambiance of those times extremely charming, most people would not want to decorate their apartments in true renaissance style, but rather to simply allude to the idea of those times with a more New Classical style. To see a perfect example of New Classical design being pulled off, look no further than some of the fantastic interiors happening in Dubai!
Add a velvet touch to your walls with this blue flock paisley patterned wallpaper - it’s all about the details!
The Fundamentals of New Classic Design
Even if our homes aren’t quite as extravagant and overflowing with luxurious details, we can still communicate the feeling of a renaissance interior by following the 3 principles of Classic Design – balance, harmony and order.
Classical design strongly values the idea of having balanced, symmetrical, spaces. Start by thinking about room highlights and focal points differently; these are what you create symmetry around, meaning they should be centered. Choose your center and highlight it with something like a Baroque style damask wallpaper, and then, balance needs to be created on either side of it. This can mean matching elements on either side of the room with each other. For example, if you have a big mirror at one end of the room, you might hang another at the other end, or a sofa might be facing another sofa like a sort of mirror. This can also be done in a less literal way by simply paying attention to the ‘weight’ of design elements on either side of the room. This means that you don’t necessarily need identically matching sofas, but rather that you balance a ‘heavy’ piece like a sofa with something else with comparable design ‘weight’ like maybe 2 arm chairs.
One thing to avoid doing is simply lining your furniture up against the walls of a room as this makes it difficult to achieve symmetry.
Harmony refers to having a consistent style and mood throughout a space. This means that you should carry the style, or at least key elements of it like the wallpaper, throughout your home – each room should not have a different style. You might be surprised about the positive effects the feeling of harmony can have on your mood!
Classical style is all about an abundance of thoughtful detail. Have pattern on the walls, choose ornate light fixture and furniture too. What is also important though, is that even with all of this detail, we don’t let the feeling get to messy or cluttered. Order means that we don’t just fill our space with cluttered ornaments, but rather that everything has a ‘home’ and brings something to the feeling of the space in its own right.
Classical design need not be too 'in your face', just look at the effortless charm of this white damask wallpaper.
Applying New Classic Design in Your Home
If you aren’t going for a full renaissance look, but rather a classically influenced home with touches of modernity, the trick is to pick a dominant style. To glow with the grandeur of the renaissance times, make the classical side what is dominant. Choosing more permanent and key pieces in this style will do the trick – like choosing a damask wallpaper and an ornate sofa or chandelier. It’s ok to mix new and old, just be sure to keep the principles of balance, harmony and order firmly in mind.
This is a modern style sofa yet it blends perfectly with the black floral damask wallpaper to create a classical feel fit for royalty
- New Classical Design transcends trendiness and never goes out of style
- New Classical Design is the modern interpretation of classical interiors from the renaissance times like Baroque and Rococo
- Pay attention to balance, harmony and order to achieve a classically inspired look
- It is ok to mix new with old – just pick a dominant style!
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