All interior surfaces can be replaced, Leather is a popular option, but there are other types of fabric including Fur for those brave ones amongst you. Sit down and carefully plan what you are going to do, take a look at show cars to get some ideas of what to do. Keep the overall theme of the car – the interior should match the exterior theme.
Space – Space considerations are on of the more advanced concepts. From Feng Shui to traditional British style, space is something to pay attention to. Does your room feel open and free or cluttered and narrow? There is no real right or wrong when it comes to use of space, but consider having less furniture in a small room to give it a larger appearance and having more furniture in a large room to keep it from appearing open and barren are effective design concepts.
Adding dials and gauges can actually add function as well as form, allowing you to monitor engine oil pressure, temperature, boost, economy, voltages etc… Be sure to only add the dials you will use – less is definitely more otherwise your interior will end up looking like the inside of a 1980’s space ship in a B grade movie.
The classical arch became popular again, panel mouldings were simplified and walls were plain plaster or simply painted in neutral colours, such as grey. Symmetry found its place again and decorative devices came from classical figures, swags, garlands, laurel wreaths and urns. Flamboyance could still be seen in the beds where ostrich feathers adorned many a corona and the fabric of choice was the eye-boggling Toile de Jouy. (Take care when examining these fabrics as they often showed the events of the day in all their gory glory including the guillotining of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.)
This period saw the introduction of many pieces of furniture that exist in modern homes today – the console table, fauteuils (open armed chairs) and the chaise longue. Today’s love of exuberant wallpapers of Indian and Chinese design were just as up-to-the-minute back then -though commodes were also the height of fashion.