This style is characterised by using high quality materials, only goof quality and good looking old antique furniture. It’s not really a style, it rather means period interior design.
The subcategories are:
- Baroque style, hallmarked by the name of Louis XIV, from the 17-18thcenturies, with heavy, pompous furniture
- The feminine rococo, which branched off from baroque under the rule of Louis XV, with its light, overly ornamented pieces.
- Classicism at the beginning of the 19thcentury with its ancient ornaments, balanced, straight-lined furniture, shaped under the rule of Louis XVI (the Louis Seize style is also part of this trend)
- Empire (also called Directoire), the fulfilment of classicism at Napoleon’s era.
- Biedermeier style from the middle of the 19th century, the essence of bourgeois elegance
- Eclectic style and Historianism
- Art Nouveau at the beginning of the 20th century with its curvy lines
- The neo-styles (Neo-baroque, Neo-rococo, etc.)
All of the styles above are characterised by using furniture from the given era. All of them require high ceilings, large, imposing spaces. They use many accessories: carpets, paintings, vases, wallpapers. Its colours range from dark yellow through rust, maroon to pastel pink, green, complemented by gold, silver and copper.