The Baroque style is theatrical and extravagant, with decorative elements intended to startle, electrify
and flaunt one's wealth. The 18th style was popular among the European aristocracy, who were fond of massive and ornate
furniture, luxurious textiles, royal and glittery colors, exotic and sparkling accessories, and dramatic floors.
The style was most magnificently showcased at France's Louis XIV's palace at Versailles.
The decoration and original furnishings at the palace was breathtaking: Its combination of marble
and bronze clad walls, woodcarving, plaster work, gilt bronzes, mirrors and oil paintings
were truly on an unprecedented scale. The Baroque era saw important developments in the art of
upholstery and elaborate hangings. Items such as valances, curtains, decorative drapery and
accessories (feathers, plumes and carvings) were used frequently. Tapestry was also prevalent
and wall hangings were commissioned for certain rooms.
This was also the era that saw the start of the paint effect. Whole rooms were treated to
simulate tortoiseshell, lapis and marble. The art of "trompe l'oeil" was applied to wood,
making cheap wood resemble expensive or exotic woods.
Below are some of our favorite Baroque ideas. Get inspired, and click on the following thumbnails
to view our favorite Baroque rooms.