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mccreerys   , 41

from Sacramento

The Classic Design for Your Classic Taste

There are many homeowners who love the look of elegant and traditional accents in their homes. Classic interior design is a must for such people. Anything or any style that is associated with the 18th century can be classified as classic design.

If you are looking for the perfect furniture piece for this period, you can go and find the most popular choices such as Chippendale, Queen Anne, French provincial and Neoclassical.

The dining room houses most of these furniture pieces, especially the dining table. If you have seen a rectangular or oval, solid and seemingly heavy dining table with side chairs, then you are probably looking at classic furniture.

A Rich History

The biggest furniture makers back in the 18th century were Thomas Sheraton, Thomas Chippendale and George Hepplewhite. The most famous is probably Chippendale, a cabinet maker who was based in London. His furniture had deep carvings, anglicized rococo and the most elaborate designs. He also used a lot of lacquer and latticework.

Chippendale was also a famous interior designer. This should give you an idea on how he came up with the aristocratic designs that were uniquely his. Unfortunately, his demise was caused by TB in 1779.

Aiming for the Classic Look

When talking about classic design, it is impossible not to discuss window treatments. Windows are there to provide balance to any room. The typical, traditional accents utilize hard surfaces more than soft ones. The pleated drapery panels are covered using cornice boards, valances and swags. Panels use Italian stringing or the tasselled tiebacks.

When it comes to lighting, your main area of focus should be the dining and living rooms. Use chandeliers in both rooms. For the dining area, the chandelier is often placed right in the middle where the table is set.

You may also use buffet lamps or candlesticks. These can provide a romantic atmosphere in the room.

The floor is also another area that you need to take a look at. To add a classic touch, you can use wood or marble flooring. You may also use rugs to soften the look of the floors. If you have to use rugs in the dining room, make sure to use them right under the table.

For rug patterns, consider using Tabriz, Kirman or the French Aubussons. Put in cornice molding to beautify your place further. Use cream, glossy white or black for this accent. If this is still not enough, you can always add some ceiling medallions to make your home look more dramatic.

Here are some of the few things that you must also incorporate in your soon-to-be classic interiors –

  • Ask the upholsterer to provide various wall hangings.
  • Use festoon curtains with paler fabrics such as white silk.
  • Can you invest in a tea table? Nothing can be more classic than this...
  • It was about 1700s when the easy chair became quite popular. This was upholstered to match furniture pieces back then.
  • Door curtains called portières, can unify or harmonize a room.
  • Find matching tables, stands and mirror because most grand rooms had them.
  • Many upholsterers supply different floor carpets or woven mats. Some carpets can even be embroidered. If you want the best, then find the pieces that come all the way from Turkey or Persia (now modern day Iran).
  • Buy sets of tapestries for the bedroom. The borders can be personalized according to your specifications. Ask the upholsterer to provide tapestry according to your preferred quality and your room’s needs.
  • Find state beds which make use of luxurious fabrics. Have it fitted with woollen outer curtains.

Lastly, find stools and bedroom chairs with handmade trimmings to complete the look that you desire.