Rococo, My Grandmother & Your House

How to Use Rococo in Your Home. Rococo can add a luxe and rich twinkle to your modern home...

It’s my opinion that every life should have a bit of drama and imagination. And according to my glamorous grandmother, this is an asset in life. “It’s better to be strange than plain,” she says. Another fabulous phrase of hers is: “It’s good to be different.”

Elements of Home Design: How to Use the Overstated Rococo in an Understated Way

El Culumpio by John-Honore Fragonard 1766.

Her bedroom is mauve and gold. A painted portrait of herself, in her forties I would guess, in an ornate golden frame, showcases itself on the first wall you see when you enter the luxurious abode with sliding doors to the pool, a deep oval bath tub, a desk with a view, a fainting couch for reading, a walk-in closet and more. All my life my grandmother’s master suites have been ridiculously epic and large, fluffy and formal.

How to Use the Elaborate Decor Style of Rococo in an Understated Form

So…this is actually Queen Marie Antoinette’s bedroom in Versailles, but trust me, not much different from my grandmother’s.

My grandfather was an engineer, so he loved the latest of everything, and my grandmother is a romantic woman who adores Paris. Now, I realize that it’s their combination of qualities that produced such blissful sanctuaries. My grandfather was a realist who liked the heavy things in life like the sea, good food, dark and wooden furniture, the Opera and the newest technology. My grandmother, however, loves literature, film, her pool, silk flowers, powders and high heels for at-home.

Elements of Home Design: How to Use the Overstated Rococo in an Understated Way

Here, Kristen Dunst plays a marvelous interpretation of the historical figure, Queen Marie Antoinette. The movie, directed by Sofia Coppola, is a definite must-see for Rococo inspiration, drama and sweets. I think my grandmother has some slippers just like these.

Because she keeps her bathroom fresh, white, light gray marble, my grandmother’s French Rococo vanity set pops out vividly like a vase of roses. It looks even more special in this “out of its place” spot and somehow makes for the perfect cherry on top.

“Idyllic,” yet “natural,” “drenched,” while “light” and “elaborate,” “plump,” “pink,” and “precious.” I’ve heard all these words used to describe the luscious and regal design style called, Rococo. It’s not necessarily a look you want for your family room or poolside patio, but the celestial style carries with it treats that can enliven and add drama to a space’s decor pallet.

During the 18th century, Rococo blossomed out of the end of the Baroque design style period, which was ornate, sensory-driven and free from the confines of proportion. Baroque colors seem to be warm and overall darkly hued:
Les peintures de la galerie des Glaces du château de VersaillesChateau du Champ de Bataille GA01Rococo, unlike its mother, Baroque, is more softly colored, wan even, however its roots from Baroque are ample in terms of lavishness and abundance:

How to Use the Elaborate Decor Style of Rococo in an Understated Form

How to Use the Elaborate Decor Style of Rococo in an Understated Form

Both these styes in their purest forms have the potential to awe as well as overwhelm or confine. But the magic of Rococo shines in its details, and as a detail itself in a modern home, Rococo offers a spice thats irreplaceable by any other decor.

Rococo is a style with the ability to elicit heavenly appeal on earth. A Rococo lamp on an end table is lighter than white chocolate mousse but richer than a pot of gold.

Ways to Use the Overstated Rococo Decor Style in an Understated Form

 1. Picture frames or mirror frames.

How to Use the Elaborate Decor Style of Rococo in an Understated Form

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2. An accent chair.

How to Use the Elaborate Decor Style of Rococo in an Understated Form

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3. Lighting.

How to Use the Elaborate Decor Style of Rococo in an Understated Form

How to Use the Elaborate Decor Style of Rococo in an Understated Form  4. Rococo relief on a wall or furniture piece.

How to Use the Elaborate Decor Style of Rococo in an Understated Form

How to Use the Elaborate Decor Style of Rococo in an Understated Form

This up-to-date sleek kitchen flourishes from just a touch of Rococo on its island.

5. A Console table.

How to Use the Elaborate Decor Style of Rococo in an Understated Form

7. Curtains.

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8. A Rococo inspired washroom.

Elements of Home Design: How to Use the Overstated Rococo in an Understated Way

Elements of Home Design: How to Use the Overstated Rococo in an Understated Way  9. A Rococo art piece.

Elements of Home Design: How to Use the Overstated Rococo in an Understated Way

Elements of Home Design: How to Use the Overstated Rococo in an Understated Way

Doesn’t that rose just bring out the lovely Rococo pink in her nose? Why isn’t every cow dressed so beautifully? 🙂

See if Rococo can make your home even sweeter than it already is…

Elements of Home Design: How to Use the Overstated Rococo in an Understated Way

 

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