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.
Complement the dashboard dials and plastic makeover with a new sporty steering wheel, gear knob and pedals. Drilled aluminum pedals go with most car interiors but again all types are available and choosing pedals with a wider footprint opens up the possibility of heel and toe gear changes to most car types (and foot sizes).
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 final upgrade would be the inclusion of heavy-duty car mats. The workhorse in any vehicle, car mats feature tall outer ridges that contain the nastier, runnier messes that would otherwise soak into the carpeting of your floorboards. They’re available in 1-piece or 2-piece designs and computer-designed for a precision fit, providing maximum coverage without covering up those essential floor controls.
Obelisks, sphinxes, chimera, swans, laurels, wreaths adorned every piece of furniture, from dishes to clocks to insignia styled handles and locks on cabinetry. Rooms became simpler and more masculine, chairs acquired a military style of low back, turned front legs and the sword shaped sabre legs at the rear. The influence of military tents prompted rooms covered wall and ceiling, in striped fabrics and even the trimmings in heavy fringes had a very militaristic feel.