Louis XIV – In the middle of the 17th century, the king of France, Louis XIV, favoured a very grand style of interior. Furniture was heavy and finishings were fussy. Gilding was everywhere – on doors, furniture, mouldings – and yet more decoration was added with boule marquetry on furniture, (using tortoiseshell and brass) and detailed paintings on ceilings.
A motorsport style exterior would not go very well with a luxury interior and the converse is also true, a motorsport interior would look out of place on a luxury car. A wide variety of gauge styles are available from chrome and polished housing to carbon fibre and even complete digital dashboards which look fantastic at night look the business. Even aircraft style heads up displays projected onto the windscreen are possible.
Panels were carved and painted, plaster covings imitated fabric swags, huge Aubusson tapestries hung from the walls, tiles were made from rich marble and geometric parquet was to be found on the floors. This very elaborate style clearly reflected the kind of king Louis XIV was – an absolute monarch who reigned for over 72 years, through many major wars. France was the leading power in Europe and the king’s palaces and their interiors showed this.
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Glamour interior design is the opposite of minimalism. It is richness and abundance of accessories. It draws from many sources and eras, such as art deco, baroque, gothic style, eclectic style, and many more. It can be traditional or modern. The simple question of how to paint walls is not so simple anymore when you have decided on glamour style. Consider wallpaper with ornamental or shiny pattern on at least one wall in the room. Damask patterns work great on the walls.
The furniture needs to have rather complex lines and curves. The sofas or armchairs can be modern and simple but then more accessorizing is needed, therefore more traditional furniture will look better. The dressers, tables, bookcases and other furniture should have lacquered, mirror-like surfaces. The shape can be geometrical or abstract, depending on the direction you would like to go with your interior. Materials used can be glass or dark wood (glamour interiors are generally dark).