Louis XVI – By the time the new king Louis came along, direction changed again and the wild, silly curves of the Rococo were replaced with the elegant and formal lines of neo-Classicism. Pompeii and Hurculaneum had been excavated earlier in the century and the appreciation for classic Roman and Greek artefacts was reflected in the interior and exterior styles.
The first thing the new Astra has that many other cars don’t is dedicated storage spaces for the twenty things people most often bring along in their cars. The storage spaces are also located as close as possible to where people tend to want to put these items. This means that there are spaces in the glove compartment for coins and pens, as well as two separate mini storage compartments.
Compliment your pieces – As a final touch, there are some things you can do to add the last finishing. This includes matching window dressing with the colour of your furniture. You can use beautiful curtains to highlight a specific theme in your room or compliment the colour of the dining room table. Small dinning rooms look great with natural wood blinds which compliment the colour of the table.
The standard dials can usually be replaced easily by removing the instrument panel and overlaying a pre-printed panel. White backgrounds are popular and these have the added advantage of being easily seen at night. Strangely when the dash illumination turns on at night the numbers will glow and the white background will go dark, at least that was the effect in my Corolla. Companies sell complete instrument binnacles, or kits to convert the standard one. Most will require some disassembly of the dashboard to install.
Napoleon – In 1804 Napoleon Bonaparte declared himself Emperor of France and his military and political leadership could be seen in everything French for the next 10 years – including France’s architecture and interior styling. The classical Roman and Greek designs remained the core of this era’s style but were advanced, so to speak, with military devices.