Rococo - a style in art and architecture, which dates back to the beginning of the XVIII century. This current is distinguished by a special grace, lightness, and the ideological basis is beauty, unfading youth, gallant grace. The most pronounced rococo style in the interior. Characteristic features of the most "elegant" style - to all sorts of "female stuff" (jewelry, statuettes, luxurious fabrics, smooth lines, muffled tones), increased attention to the selection of the smallest details, as well as the desire to ensure that each bar was brought to perfection .
Rococo is the closest relative of the pompous Italian Baroque, who also worships luxury and readily exposes her. But the rococo has significant differences. His aesthetics require a softening of the demonstration of wealth and any manifestation of expressiveness. Wealth - painting in delicate pastel colors, expressiveness - paying tribute to grace, lightness, playfulness. In addition, Rococo is a rejection of the greatness, monumental solemnity, dark colors of the Baroque in favor of lightness, sensuality, unsaturated light colors. Therefore, Rococo is considered to be simultaneously considered the logical conclusion of a ponderous Baroque style, and its artistic antipode.
History of style
The style originated in the French kingdom at the time when Philip of Orleans was the regent for the minor king Louis XV. Reflecting on the French of that era, A. S. Pushkin noted their “free frivolity”, “madness”, the desire for luxury, with which nothing could compare. It is not surprising that during this period a playful, elegant flowering of the pompous baroque appears - the rococo style, which is used primarily in the design of the mansions of the French nobility (living rooms, boudoirs, bedrooms). The emergence of a new trend, of course, was influenced by changes in philosophical views. But the main stimulus for its development was not philosophy, but the way of life, tastes, habits of representatives of aristocratic families.
Born in France, Rococo quickly gained popularity in other countries. This was facilitated by French artists who worked abroad. French architects who published their projects outside their home country helped spread the style. Rococo, which absorbed baroque elements, reached its highest peak in Austria and Germany. England, too, did not escape the influence of fashionable style, which manifested itself most of all in the applied arts, such as furniture inlay and the manufacture of silverware. It is worth noting that the development of the Rococo style was reflected in many branches of the production of artistic products. Porcelain manufacturers developed a special attitude towards it.
Rococo did not give up their positions, remaining at the peak of popularity, right up to the end of the XVIII century. The gallant style, perfectly combined with the ease of morals and the enduring festive mood that prevailed during the reign of Louis XV, prevailed not for long, but left a noticeable mark in the art of interior decoration.
For which rooms is the style suitable?
Rococo style fans can still be found today. As a rule, these are prone to dreamy refined natures, who prefer aristocracy and sophistication in everything. Of course, not many of them can fully embody the truly royal luxury of this area of art. More sophisticated persons owning spacious country houses are more likely to succeed. However, even such lucky stylists restrain, urging not to get involved too much, not to strive for the design of the entire structure in the style of bygone times. First, the result of painstaking, hard work can be something more reminiscent of a historical museum, rather than a cozy dream home. Secondly, the arrangement of premises in the spirit of a gallant century will require quite impressive financial investments. Finishing materials, exclusive furniture, lamps, other decorative elements - all this is expensive.
But it is easy to succeed if you apply the Rococo concept in several rooms - the living room, nursery, bedroom, bathroom, or incorporate individual style elements into the interior of any room. Experts recommend to exclude a study from the list of rooms to be converted. Here a creative, vigorous attitude should reign, and not a relaxing sensual atmosphere, evoking pleasant thoughts about relaxation, bliss, and bliss.
There is an opinion that the territory of rococo domination is country houses, and the limited apartment frames practically do not allow to contain everything that requires a stylistic direction. But is it? Practice shows that the aristocratic, incredibly spectacular and, at the same time (if you show ingenuity), a fairly low-cost rococo style is available to residents of ordinary city apartments. After all, the modern interpretation of this style is somewhat simplified, and if difficulties arise, you can always count on the help of professionals.
Interior colors and patterns
The color palette is dominated by muted pastel colors: shades of pearls, beige, pink, light green, pistachio, purple, sky-blue tones in combination with gilding and base color - white. Watercolors, blurry colors fill the room with tranquility, turn to the world of feelings, fantasy, subtle, subtle shades of mood.
It is interesting! The main element of the ornamental decoration in the Rococo style is reminiscent of a curl shell. It is called “rocaille”. The French word rocaille translates as "rocky." Initially, this term designated shells, fossils, fragments of rocks, other details that imitate natural elements that were used to decorate park pavilions, grottoes and fountain bowls. Over time, all objects resembling a sea shell, an uneven pearl or a stone, due to an unusual, wriggling, bizarre shape, began to be called rocaille. The name of the Rococo style itself is associated with the term mentioned.
The XVIII century slightly updated the principles of interior decoration. The following patterns were widely used:
- garlands of intertwining stems, leaves, developing ribbons,
- fancy ornaments with monkeys and childish figures,
- images of mythological characters - nymphs, fauns.
The interiors of Rococo at all times amazed with ease, beauty, and exquisite luxury. This impression was created with the help of carved panels, fabric wallpaper, volumetric draperies, trellis of white, pale pink, blue shades. As a rule, there were no straight lines on the walls, a stucco artistic pattern was used - flower compositions scattered with slight negligence, ornate curls, weaves, fancy vignettes, and seashells. Decorative compositions occupied all the walls, including the planes above the semicircular door and window openings.
Modern design is impossible without the use of wallpaper - silk, glossy thick, as well as without decorating with woven inserts, Venetian plaster. Sometimes the walls are divided by a horizontal line into two parts. Often, this finishing option is used, when the upper part is covered with a cloth, and the lower part is covered with high-quality wallpaper.
Murals, intricately framed paintings and mirrors are used without fail. Mirrors usually have one against the other or in the walls between the windows, which visually expands the room. But the role of mirrors is not limited to this alone. The ghostly game of reflections creates a special semi-fantastic atmosphere where the illusory world intertwines with reality.
Features of the design of the walls - rounded corners, as well as, invisible line of junction between the wall and the ceiling. The auxiliary transition, the so-called padug, provides a smooth transition from the wall pattern to the ceiling design. This is a kind of overlap between the wall and the ceiling, the main purpose of which is to smooth the corners. Usually padug decorated with stucco, covered with gilding. Sometimes, to create a more strict atmosphere, silver paint is applied to the openwork pattern on the paduga.
Interior Rococo style suggests a monochromatic decoration of the ceiling or decoration with bright frescoes. As decoration used stucco to match the finish, often with gold. The composition of the living room or dining room, where the maximum emphasis is placed on the ceiling, should be completed by the front chandelier - elegant, crystal, with sparkling pendants or imitation of a cascade of candles. On the ceilings of the nursery and the bedroom is appropriate a small amount of moldings, as well as a not too catchy chandelier.
The floor in the interior of the Rococo is certainly expensive and catchy. The ideal flooring option is reliable and durable artistic parquet. The elegance of the drawings of this coating gives a feeling of comfort, wealth, and sophisticated aristocraticism. Rococo interiors look no less harmonious if the floor is made of marble or covered with ceramic tiles, recreating the marble pattern. It is important that the surface reflects the elegant furniture and elegant decor. The effect of luxury and comfort in one bottle is achieved with the help of a small painted carpet. This piece of furniture is appropriate everywhere, but the nursery and the bedroom are the most suitable places for it.
Features of textile selection
The abundance of woven products - one of the features of the interior of this stylistic direction. Therefore, the design of windows welcome intricate designs of several layers of fabric. The key to success - curtains made of natural silk, falling freely to the floor. The effect of palace luxury is achieved by laying the fabric with waves, flowing folds, decoration with bows, fringe, ruffles, ribbons, embroidery, appliqués. Furniture covers and tablecloths with an elaborate, sophisticated finish are suitable for the rococo style.
Luxurious crystal chandelier of exclusive design is a real highlight of the living room interior. Aesthetics of the Rococo style requires that this lighting device, in addition to performing the main function, demonstrate the elitism of the house, the degree of respectability, the excellent taste of its owners. As for the bedroom, a small lamp with a lace shade or an interestingly shaped ceiling can be quite appropriate here.
Attention! The interior of Rococo requires the play of light and shadows, the mysterious twilight, so necessary to create a sensual and intimate setting. Therefore, the room must have a place for wall lamps, floor lamps, antique candelabra.
Strengthen the lighting of the room, without losing the flavor of the gallant century, you can with the help of simple reception. It is enough to place the lamps near the mirrors, or in front of them. Want to plunge into the captivating era of beautiful feelings? Light a candle in a gilded or porcelain candlestick. Let the mirror in the magnificent oval frame reflect its oscillating flame.
Louis XV era furniture
All furniture products of the XVIII century were distinguished by elegant forms and smooth lines. For their production used expensive woods: maple, rosewood, mahogany, walnut, lemon. Upholstered furniture upholstered with silk, brocade, velvet. However, the master cared not only about the quality of the furniture. Objects for rest, bliss, enjoyment, they turned into original works of art that every self-respecting citizen sought to acquire. In the Rococo epoch, low chairs, deep sofas and armchairs were considered fashionable, which united a common feature - curved legs and backs, decorated with carved openwork pattern. On the upholstery of these products adorned intricate images of the vine, flower garland, diamond mesh, romantic scene.
The figured legs, decorated with inlay, elaborate carvings, bronze overlays and gilding, were supported by elegant couches, lacquer dressers, stools, secretaries. In boudoirs of secular women of fashion, previously unknown lockers for papers, cardboard boxes, took pride of place. Small tables with a round tabletop, which was based on black figures of slaves-Moors, became relevant again. In the Rococo era, these products began to be called the Geridons. So called Provencal ballads, glorifying the fearlessness of slaves.
Compulsory elements in the design of the premises were cabinets and dressers. In the era of Louis XV, these products lost their standard rectangular shape. From now on, they clearly demonstrated the highest level of skill of their creators. Cabinets in the rococo style differed varnish surfaces, wavy lines, thin lace patterns on the rounded edges, as well as neat handles inlaid with ivory and gems.
A rococo bedroom is unthinkable without a spacious bed with a huge, artfully decorated headboard. In the XVIII century, this magnificence was supplemented with a canopy and carved columns. If desired, such an interior is not difficult to recreate in our time. For a complete immersion in the world of palace luxury, another sophisticated and incredibly feminine piece of interior in the rococo style is needed. It is a mobile screen with a rich painting.
Use of decor items
The basic element that begins the design of the living room is a low fireplace. From the design of this luxury item depends largely on how it will look room decoration. Rococo fireplaces made of beige or white marble are most commonly used. The nobility of the look of the product can be enhanced by placing candelabra with candles, vases, figurines, clocks on the mantelpiece. Above the fireplace, it is recommended to hang large mirrors in spectacular frames, and next to put a miniature table and chairs.
Do not forget about the aquarium. It was the Rococo era that turned the transparent fish bowl into an element of decor. We also remember cute knick-knacks: caskets, porcelain figurines, ivory figurines. They enliven the interior, symbolize wealth and carelessness, and these categories are welcomed by the rococo style. For upholstered furniture, there are also decorations - small pillows, all kinds of capes, rollers.
One of the style requirements is the obligatory presence in the room of antiques and objects stylized for the past centuries. For example, the living room can be decorated with bronze clocks, art panels, crystal vases, and porcelain dinner sets. All this enriches the interior and forms the atmosphere of aristocratic antiquity.
It all started with pebbles
The Rococo style originated in France at the beginning of the 18th century, as a logical continuation of the Baroque, to the underlined luxury, brilliance and elitism. Translated rococo means "pebbles, decorative shells, curls," hence its refinement.
To imagine what this style looks like, you can look through magazines with photos of Versailles, in whose interior rococo prevails. But it also has an echo of the ancient culture of ancient Rome - it “endowed” it with special refinement and desire for beauty.
In the palaces, the rococo style did not design all the rooms, but only the bedrooms and the main living rooms. And this feature has been preserved until now - Rococo is most suitable for these rooms. Where they are - in a city apartment or a country house - does not matter.
But there is one condition: the room should be large and with high ceilings, so in a small apartment it is better not to resort to rococo. The absence of square meters will not allow to show beautifully pictures in gilded frames and royal armchairs.
How to recognize rococo
This style is easily recognizable, its pomp and luxury is difficult to confuse with something. Characteristic features of rococo are:
- Mandatory presence in the room of expensive handmade wooden furniture, decorated with carvings, inlays and gilding
- The predominance of pastel colors in combination with white, emerald green and gold
- The presence of beautiful stucco patterns on the walls, windows and ceiling, as well as murals
- The presence of expensive, often multi-layered, textile, mostly natural silk
- The predominance of asymmetric forms, giving the interior dynamism and originality
- Marble floors (sometimes stone is replaced with expensive ceramic tile imitating it)
Walls painted and marble on the floor
Rococo walls always look like a king. Silk wallpapers of pleasant pastel tones — pink or blue, combined with white — are usually used to decorate them. However, they serve only as a background, as there must be a painting on the walls.
Its indispensable attribute are all kinds of curls and weaves, which gave the name to the style. Also, the walls in Rococo are unthinkable without gilding and stucco, and their number is not regulated - it depends on the taste preferences of the owners of the house.
The walls must be with rounded corners - soft and smooth, they are usually always highlighted with contrasting wallpaper. The completion of the walls should be an unusual plinth of stucco, its height does not matter.
На полу в гостиной допускается только мрамор, как во дворцах. Но также можно выложить его дорогой плиткой – сегодня на рынке есть схожие с натуральным камнем материалы. А вот для спальни в стиле рококо подойдет и паркет – желательно глянцевый. В центре комнаты стоит положить дорогой пушистый ковер с интересным узором, лучше всего – ручной работы.
Потолок стоит сделать одноуровневым (200 лет назад во Франции были только такие). Sometimes the ceiling is a continuation of the wall, so it may be painted and gilded. If the height of the room is less than 3 meters, such a ceiling will not visually reduce it. But if you wish, you can make it traditionally white.
Chandeliers and Crystal Pendants
To make the room look like a really small palace hall, it should be decorated with a regular chandelier. Ideally, it should be crystal and consist of a set of candle-shaped light bulbs. Crystal sconces in the form of pendants or sea shells should be placed on the walls: the room should be well lit. But in case you want to create an intimate setting, it should contain “old” bronze candelabra and candlesticks, they can be placed around the perimeter.
The royal throne and fireplace
If you have doubts about the choice of furniture, you can visit the royal palace in rococo style or at least look through the photos with its interior. The peculiarity of the furniture - in its high cost and originality, it should be small and always comfortable. Furniture is always made to order.
Comfortable sofas of a rounded shape, armchairs in the form of royal thrones (with gilded carved legs and high curved backs), exquisite couches and benches, low coffee tables made of walnut or linden will perfectly decorate the room in the rococo style.
And in the interior are welcome bergeries (double sofas), tables-geridons (for one small vase) and cardboard boxes (lockers for papers). Names so incomprehensible to the average man are always well known to those who decided to decorate their room in this style, without such objects such an interior is unthinkable. For the upholstery of furniture it is allowed to use only the most expensive fabrics, preferably - royal silk, it can be monophonic or with coloring.
The same expensive textiles should be chosen for voluminous curtains with lambrequins and decorative pillows on the sofas. Along with the real fireplace, a huge mirror and old paintings, it will be an excellent decoration of the living room or bedroom. As the elements of decor in the interior may also be present as stylized antique caskets, wall clocks, vases, ashtrays and figurines. And art lovers must necessarily hang on the wall at least one picture in a gilded frame.
If desired, the Rococo style can be decorated in your home library, kitchen, study or children's room. But in these rooms it will look less impressive. Creating such a design, you should always remember that the room should not look like a museum. After all, it will have to live in it, and therefore let there be a luxurious and slightly playful, but surely cozy atmosphere - the best symbol of a safe home.
The decorative rococo style was born in France in the distant times of the reign of King Louis XV (1715-1723). Having reached its apogee, this design direction quickly spread to the rest of Europe. Refined, refined and charming rococo style in the interior of noble houses recklessly reigned almost until the end of the XVIII century. His appearance was a kind of response to the excessive pretentiousness and pomp of the then popular Baroque style. For the described historical epoch, the key word was “elegant”, which rather accurately characterizes the fashionable style rococo.
Graceful style Rococo from the very beginning did not think of the creators as a fundamental architectural. He was immediately focused on creating comfortable home interiors with a certain degree of intimacy, flirtatiousness and lightness. The inspirer of this style is considered to be the Italian Jean-Louis-Ernest Mesonnier, since it is in his works that the asymmetric forms were first reflected, including the unusual contours of the whimsically curved sea shell. That is why the name of the style comes from the French word “rocaille”, which means “decorative shell”.
Rococo in the interiors
In those years, the exotic “branch” of the rococo chinoiseri (Chinese) style was extremely fashionable. Medieval Chinese motifs, stylization and decoration techniques were necessarily present in the interiors of all the rich houses of European nobility. Painted mobile screens were especially popular, thanks to whose presence it was possible to change the space visually with ease. Exquisite orchids and golden aquarium fish in moments of pleasant rest enjoyed all those present in the room. The decoration of the houses was lacquered elegant furniture made by skilled Chinese craftsmen. Tables for festive dinners served with beautiful dinner sets made of the finest Chinese porcelain. The presence in the house of tapestries made in pastel colors, which depicted Chinese emperors, warriors, dancers or concubines, as well as scenes from Chinese life, pagodas and flowers, was considered fashionable.
Room decoration features
Undoubtedly, Rococo is a luxurious, elite style, and an ordinary apartment in a high-rise building is hardly suitable for it. But the interior of Rococo is the place to reign in a spacious country cottage with rooms with high ceilings and large windows.
- The main method of decorating a hall or a living room in the rococo style is rounding the walls and then decorating them with fabric wallpaper (in the original silk), carved panels, gilded ornaments and numerous mirrors, thanks to which the space visibly expands.
- The floors in the rooms can be wooden, marble or ceramic with baseboards curved along the profile of any height.
- The main element of the living room in the Rococo style is rightfully a small fireplace, covered with marble tiles, the invariable decoration of which should be porcelain figurines, bronze candelabra and clocks. Above the fireplace most often hangs a mirror in a luxurious gilded or bronze frame.
- As for the main artificial lighting of the room, then the Rococo style is characterized by the presence of an elegant chandelier with candle-shaped light bulbs and crystal pendants. And on the walls will look wonderful sconces, resembling a sea shell or bowl. The rococo style is also well emphasized by the gilded or bronze candlesticks and candelabra with candles placed in all the rooms.
- When making boudoirs characteristic is to create an atmosphere of intimacy, so the room is made small in size with a low ceiling in soft pastel colors. A combination of pearl white colors with pink, blue, cream or pale green shades are considered to be popular color solutions for the interior design of a boudoir. Also in its decoration must be present gold. As a rule, in the boudoirs can be traced to some extent oversaturation of various objects.
Golden carved sofa
An important feature in the forms of furniture of the era of Louis XV is the complete rejection of straight lines. It seems to reflect the striving towards the dissolution of individual parts in a single ensemble of all the objects in the room.
When decorating furniture, carving occupies a rather modest place, yielding leadership to bronze linings, which can be used to decorate pre-sanded surfaces with absolutely no effort. The surfaces of the furniture are first treated with colored lacquers, after which they are decorated with bronze overlays and carvings with gilding.
For rococo style, chests and secretaries are considered characteristic furniture. Therefore, in the office it is desirable to have a secretary, which is essentially a combination of a desk with a chest of drawers, in which there are many small secret drawers.
Rococo-interior is additionally decorated with especially female objects such as a secretary on high carved legs, a cardboard box (a locker designed for storing papers), all kinds of puffs and bedside tables, small decorative dressing tables with a mirror.
The comfort of the interior is added by the presence in the room of a beige (fr. Bergere - a deep soft armchair on curved legs) and a canape (a wide armchair similar to a sofa with a high headboard).
When choosing furniture, it should be borne in mind that, in addition to its elegance and grace, it was pleasant to the touch and could delight a person, bringing pleasure to his body in moments of relaxation and rest.
Creating the interior of Rococo, remember that it is aimed at ensuring the convenience of the lifestyle of the owners of the house, so any little things in life play an important role, almost all things and objects should create a feeling of comfort.
You can see the review of the rococo style in the following video:
The mirror in the boudoir
Photo: Rococo style in the bedroom
The most popular rococo style pattern is auricle-shaped curl. Translated from the French "rocaille", this term means "curl, sink."
The interior in this style can be created in any room, be it a nursery, a bedroom, a living room or a bathroom. In such interiors only delicate and pastel colors are used.
For the design of high ceilings choose images of heaven or colors in combination with a variety of stucco
In the 17th century, this style prevailed in bourgeois private houses. Since they were not very high, being in them was cozy and comfortable. It is also one of the differences between the Rococo style and the magnificent Baroque style, which was mainly used in spacious rooms with high ceilings.
An interesting fact is that earlier Chinese motifs were used in rococo interiors. The Rococo epoch with its exotic and unusual things contributed to the widespread development of the chinoiserie flow - the use of Chinese patterns and drawings. The exquisite artwork of the Chinese masters, decorated with subtle decor, perfectly harmonized with the style that flourished in European courtyards. It becomes relevant today. Fashionable stylized Rococo-style interiors are again being made with a Chinese subtopic.
Chinoiserie - the best choice for decorating the accent wall in the living room
You can create a mysterious and fabulous atmosphere in the “Chinese” interior with the help of characteristic ornaments and oriental motifs. The most striking symbol of oriental color is the Chinese screen, which is priceless as a decorative element. Also pay attention to the carved furniture and tapestries, which depict Chinese dancers.
Rococo ceiling decoration
It is desirable that the ceiling was a natural continuation of the design of the walls. To decorate the ceiling should pick up a variety of openwork stucco in the form of flowers, angels, shells or curls. The design of the room will look harmonious if such decoration will be decorated with walls, doorways and columns.
This interior is distinguished by the use of noble patterns in the design of the walls and floor.
The fireplace is a symbol of rococo style. It is not only a source of heat, but also an indicator of luxury. Elegant mantels, candles in candelabra, figurines of Chinese porcelain and other items must be placed on the mantelpiece. Above the fireplace should hang a mirror, and next to put a small table and chairs.
He is considered a continuation of another trend in art - Baroque, which at the beginning of the XVIII century experienced a crisis, decline. Both directions - baroque, rococo - are characterized by splendor, an abundance of elegant details, the difference is that rococo is more delicate in color. He appeared in art (for the most part - in the design of residential houses of nobility), filling aristocratic salons and houses with charm. In addition to the interior, the style is reflected in architecture, music, poetry, but in interior design it continues to exist even now, if not as actively as 300 years ago.
Beautiful rococo room design
Rococo style in the interior
The tree in the interior of the room in the rococo style
Compare rococo and baroque will help table:
- a combination of realities and illusions
- departure from reality,
- strict features, symmetry,
- the play of light and shadow
- a set of figured elements, curved lines
- large details (frescoes, sculptures, gilding),
- thin carving, stucco,
- elegant, light furniture
Appearing in France during the regency in the first decades of the 18th century, the peak of development reached new style under Louis XV, and was distributed not only in the French capital, but throughout Europe until about the 1880s. The nobility received guests in beautifully decorated, with a claim to sophistication, living rooms, ceremonial halls, but by the end of the 18th century, the pomp and playfulness that prevailed in art and life gave way to strict classicism.
The development of the Rococo style was influenced by the traditions of Eastern culture - in particular, Chinese, the so-called chinoiserie style. The traditions of Chinese porcelain, subtle gracefully drawn plots are reflected in the objects of decor, furniture, dishes.
It is believed that the new life of the Rococo style was given by the enthusiasm of Eastern cultures that had awakened with a new force. Once again, the Chinese theme is at its peak of popularity, which has given rise to the fashion for creating stylized interiors of country houses, studio apartments, and halls of public buildings.
Rococo Kitchen Design
Paintings in the interior of the room in the rococo style
The modern interior in the Rococo style is different from the one that dominated the palace halls and the personal boudoirs of aristocrats three centuries ago. However, the main, main features are insignia of style to this day:
- gentle pastel colors, combined with each other or with a snow-white color, gilding,
- a lot of modeling, it is present on the walls, ceiling, design of windows, portals,
- expensive textiles, luxurious patterns on fabrics,
- design of all surfaces: painting walls, rich ornaments, carving, gilding on furniture,
- a lot of decorative things: elegant clocks on the fireplace, candlesticks, candelabra, figurines, vases, painted china.
Rococo style is characterized by special patterns - curls, resembling a shell, auricle (they gave the name to the style). The interior is complemented by elegant furniture with thin legs of a curved shape, lush textiles on the windows, decorated with lambrequins and tassels.
The main difference between the rococo style and others is the large decorative saturation. Recognizable elements characteristic of the decor:
- rocaille (sea shell - used for interior decoration, furniture, decor items),
- cartouche - it is used to decorate walls, furniture,
- figurines, images of angels,
- floral motifs, love themes in drawings.
Bright rococo design
Beautiful rococo bedroom
Chic bedroom design in rococo style
Rococo Color Palette
The modern house in the Rococo style is not as bright as in the XVIII century, it has less theatricality and flatulence. For most rooms they use white and gold gamma, for the bedroom sand, cream, light green tones are often used.
Pastels are the main shades of the rococo style:
- snow white with gold
- blue white
- delicate green combined with light pink,
- light colors - blue, pink, green,
- cream, golden.
Such combinations are typical for Rococo three centuries old, and now they are popular in recreating the interior. This rococo differs from baroque with its rich, deep color palette.
Rococo style in the interior
White color in the interior design bedroom in the rococo style
Rococo living room design
Already mentioned the need to consider all the decoration of the room down to the smallest details before starting the finishing work. For finishing wall surfaces, their entire area is divided into sections, each of which is filled with a certain type of decor. Segments can be separated from each other by stucco motifs.
There are a lot of wall decoration options:
- painting walls with pastel matte paints on a water-based basis,
- Velor wallpaper with a pattern, patterns of suitable design,
- photo wallpaper, decoupage - will help create an imitation of painted walls,
- modern trend - airbrushing, with which you can recreate unique images resembling the paintings of historic rococo (the picture is covered with several layers of varnish, which makes it durable).
Gypsum sockets, cornices, stucco elements can be replaced with modern lightweight materials. To separate the segments, the selection of decorative paintings, you can use gold moldings.
Often use the technique of horizontal separation of the wall - the bottom is decorated with wallpaper, in the upper segment are placed paintings, tapestries, mirrors in carved frames.
Black color in rococo bedroom interior design
Rococo house design
Historical Rococo not only walls, but also ceilings decorated exquisitely. For their design, you can use:
- painting with light pastel shades or white,
- decoration - along the perimeter, there are patterned cornices, fillets, and in the center there is an outlet, a richly decorated crystal chandelier is placed on it.
- division into sectors, painting, airbrushing - traditional motifs: the sky, the angels.
High ceilings make out a list, various stucco. Лепных элементов должно быть много – и по центру, и по периметру комнаты. Они делят потолок на секции, скрадывают переход от стен к потолку, украшают центр.
Не забывайте про обязательные элементы – ракушки, картуши, завитки. Уместны позолоченные выпуклые декоративные элементы на стенах, потолках. Stucco can be decorated door and window openings, columns, arches.
For the floor choose parquet, tile. An important requirement - gloss, shine. Appropriate in living rooms, large halls and offices, in the bedroom on the floor - carpets.
Rococo living room design
Dark rococo room design
Light colors in rococo interior design
Textiles and decor
There are a lot of textiles in the rococo style - starting from using it for wall decoration, furniture upholstery, finishing with decorative pillows, curtains on the windows - luxurious, multilayered with rich lambrequins. It is an indispensable element of style.
The color scheme is chosen in the same tone, the contrast in the textile design of the rococo interior is not assumed. Heavy fabrics that hold drapery drapery well - for windows, dense shiny - for upholstery of sofas and chairs, pillows and bedspreads. Fabrics can be either with a pattern - plant, patterned, and monophonic, striped.
The decor is arranged in space harmoniously, without overloading any one corner or segment of the room. All things - floor, table vases, figurines, porcelain sets, candlesticks and candelabra are decorated with gilding, rocailles, curls - they say, but do not shout about luxury. On the chest of drawers, fireplace, dressing table you can put a clock in a bronze case, depicting a loving couple, girl, lady or Amurchikov. A large painted vase can decorate a hall, a staircase leading to the second floor. In the cupboard behind the glazed doors in the living room or dining room place a set of fine porcelain with painting.
Walls can be decorated with paintings, tapestries - in the event that they are not painted.
Chic interior design in the rococo style
Turquoise color in the interior of the room in the rococo style
Crystal chandeliers hanging in the center decorated with an open rosette are obligatory in the rooms. It is possible to supplement the room zones separately with floor lamps, wall sconces. Lighting devices can be made of gold-plated metal or have a bronze base. Special color give lamps with lamps, candles. And put similar candlesticks on the fireplace, chest of drawers.
Creating an interior design in the rococo style is fun. Style, on the one hand, showing luxury, on the other - pastel, gentle tones. The abundance of painting, gilding and - light colors, a few pieces of furniture. The rococo style, which absorbs historical notes and is complemented by modern materials, will inspire you to a unique interior in a country house or city apartment.
The history of the Rococo style
The term rococo in French means "shell, curl, rocaille." This is not surprising, since the most popular patterned Rococo motif is the ear-shaped curl. The term rococo refers to the style in the art of the beginning of the XVIII century. In this style they decorated the interior of public and private premises, built magnificent buildings, painted pictures and music, sewed fashionable clothes, composed pastoral and erotic odes. The monumental architectural monuments erected in the rococo style include Amalienburg near Munich, the Chinese Palace in Oranienbaum.
Chinese Palace in Oranienbaum.
For rococo in the interior characteristic features are:
- a common color palette based on a combination of pastel shades with white and gilding,
- abundance of stucco elements on the walls, ceilings, windows and portals,
- decorative design of each centimeter of the surface, furniture, decor, textiles, patterns, drawings, mosaics, embroidery, stucco, gilding,
- Rococo interiors are filled with recognizable handmade furniture decorated with artistic carvings, inlays, gilding, upholstered in silk patterned fabric,
- active use of multi-priced expensive textiles.
Rococo style in the interior has become widespread in Europe at the beginning of the XVIII century - Germany, Spain, France, Bavaria, Italy. Representatives of aristocracy and nobility built country houses in this style. The summer residences of the rulers were also made in the style of exaggerated baroque - the new rococo style was formed at that time. She wanted to know guests in the richly decorated ceremonial halls, which gradually turned into cozy sitting rooms, becoming more feminine, playful. Already in the middle of the 18th century, a new rational style, classicism, replaced the refined and flirtatious rococo.
An interesting fact is the reception of the use in the interiors of Rococo Chinese motifs, paintings, decor items, in particular dishes. It was fashionable at the time, but it becomes relevant today. The ubiquity of Chinese food, culture, martial arts again makes fashionable Rococo interiors with Chinese subtopics fashionable. Modern interiors are certainly different from the palace halls, lush basil and languid boudoir. But the rococo style in them is easily guessed by the characteristic furniture on curved legs, Chinese porcelain and lush curtains with lambrequins.
Modern bedroom in rococo style.
Which rooms are best for rococo style and their organization
For the organization of the room in accordance with the canons of rococo, suitable residential premises without high ceilings, a large area and general symmetry. In this style designers design modern small offices, bedrooms, bathrooms. But most of all the style can be seen in the interior of the living room or public interior.
The interior of a small living room.
Forming the space of the room should consider the following factors:
- Numerous decorative objects are placed evenly throughout the room. If vases, sets, mirrors, furniture, figurines will be collected side by side, the room will look like a museum depository,
- Starting to finish the ceiling and walls, plan their overall appearance, complementing it with stucco and wall paintings,
- To emphasize the capricious nature of Rococo, use patterns on fabrics and walls, ornate luxurious chandeliers and mirrors.
Rococo style color palette and patterns
In contrast to the heavy baroque with its rich colors, the rococo in the interior is distinguished by the use of pastel colors. The historical interiors of palaces and country residences of the 18th century are distinguished by a combination of such colors:
White and gold.
White and light blue.
Light green and pale pink.
Light shades of pink, green and blue.
Beige or sand and gold.
The rococo style in the interior continues the Baroque tradition and actively uses the method of wall painting of walls and ceilings of rooms. The plot line of the drawings is built on mythology, but more on human relations. Above all, the theme of love and relationships between men and women is visible. Rococo is recognizable by the image of the sky, clouds and angels in the clouds. Such a theme necessarily adorned the palace vaults.
The most recognizable style patterns:
1. Sink, shell - pattern in the form of the auricle, used in various variations and combinations of ornaments.
2. The cartouche was used to decorate the walls, framed by various curls, the shape of the cartouche used in the furniture theme, giving it the silhouette of the back of the chair.
3. Angels - they were usually portrayed as winged Cupids.
4. Floral motifs - drawing of different colors was performed in color, giving them natural features, or they depicted the silhouette of flowers, turning them into a floral gold pattern.
Flower motif mural.
The design of modern rooms in the rococo style is not so bright and theatrical. Most often they use the most iconic color solution - white and gold - for living rooms and public spaces. Modern bedrooms make out in sandy, muted-green, cream scale.
Bedroom design in a stylized modern rococo.
What should be the rococo ceiling
Like historical counterparts, modern rococo ceilings are richly decorated, giving them maximum attention. To repeat the complex design of surfaces in the style of palace premises, use the following techniques:
1. Low rectangular ceilings with a flat surface painted in a single color. For example, white or beige. Along the perimeter of the ceiling and the wall, parallel to each other, cornices are interrupted by patterned motifs. The center of the ceiling is decorated with a polyurethane patterned rosette that decorates a beautiful crystal chandelier.
The decor is a modern living room with a low ceiling.
2. The ceiling is divided into sections, decorating each with separate motifs. Stucco is painted in white or gold color. Use high-relief images of angels. In the center, a large chandelier is hanged on a long suspension, designed for a large number of light bulbs.
Living room-office in the style of rococo.
3. For the decoration of high semicircular ceilings choose multi-color images of angels, flowers, heaven in combination with diverse moldings. It should be a lot. Molded elements are arranged so that they smoothly move from the walls to the ceiling, tending to the center.
Advice: to decorate the ceiling, select the most delicate and varied stucco in the form of shells, curls, torn cartouches, convex orders, flowers and angels. Decorate with a similar decor columns, windows, doorways and walls. Then the design of the room will look harmonious.
Authentic design of the palace ceiling.
In the time of its appearance, Rococo began to spread actively throughout Europe. One of its movements was Chinese or Rococo Shineauerie. The interior of the houses of the nobility necessarily had at that time to meet the requirements of such a fashion.
One of the main elements of the decor are screens. They were mobile, due to which the owners had the opportunity to change the zoning of space. Low furniture with a glossy surface and wall carpets depicting Chinese warriors, women or nature were also obligatory.
All this was complemented by graceful floor vases with paintings, aquariums with goldfish and, of course, sets of the finest Chinese porcelain.
It is impossible to confuse an interior in the rococo style with another; Who will like it? Those who seek to be surrounded by wealth. In such chambers or living room you will feel, at least, noble grandees.
The main features of the style are:
- Primary colors are white, red and gold. Pearl, blue, pink and light green are considered secondary.
- It is easy to recognize the style also by the characteristic paintings. Previously, they depicted the relationship between a man and a woman. Today, the ceiling can be decorated with images of sky and angels. In the conditions of modern achievements it is quite possible to repeat this creation with the help of decoupage technique or photo wallpaper.
- Mandatory reception in the design of the walls - no sharp corners. They should be rounded and covered with silk.
In the modern world, special fabric wallpapers are used for this, which, when properly glued, exactly resemble matter.
The ornament, if any, should be small. Often also used small polyurethane stucco, containing a large number of curls. If the walls are painted, then they should have a characteristic luster.
The presence of carved wooden panels on the walls and tall, large mirrors in beautiful frames are also welcomed.
- The ceiling with all the wealth of the lower part of the room can be made in a single-color format. But such a simple surface will greatly simplify the overall picture, so you can not do without stucco.
Another technique often used in the rococo style is the blurring of boundaries. The ceiling is made a continuation of the walls, visually removing borders with the help of frescoes or ornament.
- The floor is usually laid out with a ceramic tile with a glossy surface. But the option and the usual wooden flooring is not excluded. A prerequisite - lacquered material, as seen in the photo.
Carpets will be appropriate. But they should not completely cover the floor. It is better to place them either in the center of the room, or in separate zones (dining room, near the dressing table, by the bed).
- Furniture. It is worth remembering that it should not have sharp corners. Soft sofas, armchairs will look great in a company with small soft benches and couches. The main condition - graceful, curved legs. The presence of floral and floral themes on the upholstery is welcome.
In the bedroom you should take care of the graceful headboard.
- If the living room is decorated in the rococo style, then a fireplace decorated with marble, which is decorated with porcelain figurines and a large clock, will look quite harmonious in it. Above the fireplace you can hang a mirror or a picture.
- Lighting. Chandeliers and sconces will help to maintain the overall image. Crystal sparkling chandelier trimmings and sea shell shaped lights fit perfectly into the interior. Romance and intimacy will add beautiful candlesticks.
- Textile. Unlike the heavy and massive baroque décor, Rococo textiles are externally light, but they retain their shape and multi-layering. Suitable falling curtains with lambrequins, bedspreads with a fringe and tablecloth of the same color as the upholstery of the chairs.
Of course, modern houses and apartments in the Rococo style are not as pompous as the royal chambers. First of all, designers take care of the comfort and functionality of the room.
Beautiful and luxurious accessories, such as art, metal products, complement the interior and make it more theatrical, but it is important to feel the measure.
It is especially worthwhile to approach the issue of arranging the office or home office in a similar style. Modern technology does not always fit into the classic image of the room.
Rococo is lightness, asymmetry and playfulness. Such an interior will suit sophisticated people who appreciate comfort and know how to enjoy life.