Antiques and their Specific Styles

A Rococo style table and a Biedermeier chair can be very suitable in a modern home decoration.

But what if you have several pieces of antique furniture from different eras? How can you highlight them?

The easiest and smartest way would be to place a new and modern piece of furniture between a Baroque style wardrobe and a Biedermeier chair.

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Also, near the typical romantic floral ornaments and straight and rigid lines of a classic piece would be wise to place a typical modern piece of furniture of our days, such as a simply coffee table.

Mixing Styles – Less is actually More

There are no rules or the perfect “recipe” for decorating and furnishing a house using elements of different styles and eras. Whether it is material, the light in the room, furniture the volume, or color it, we get an infinite number of combinations.

It is allowed whatever you like, but it would be advisable to keep in mind one basic thing: less is actually more.

So unleash your imagination and decorate your home according to your taste. But perhaps, it is a good idea before starting to know something about the most common classic styles.

1| Romanticism

In the Romantic era artists were guided by the art of ancient Rome and a typical element of this style are rounded arches.

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  • Typical Furniture Piece: storage trunks & chests
  • Processing Style: simple
  • Used materials: oak, walnut, pine, ash, pine, cherry (especially if it was painted furniture)
  • Specific furniture: chest, chair and bed

The difference between beds then and now is that in the Romantic era, they were much shorter, so that those who slept in them were half sitting, half lying.

2| Baroque

The name of this style comes from the Portuguese “Barocco”, which means irregular and characteristics of this era were thick materials and the movement and play of lights and shadows.

Specific Element: cherubim and round arches
Specific Furniture: baroque sideboard
Processing Style: broken edges and curved line

3| Rococo

This style was developed from the Baroque and it is characterized by a delicate and feminine art, which has removed the rigid symmetry and has replaced it with comfort.

Specific Element of this Style: the shell
Typical furniture: deck chair

4| Biedermeier

This style decoration, for citizens, for the “ordinary” people has imposed a functional, simple and convenient furniture.

Typical Furniture: sofa
Specific Element of this Style: straight lines

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