Friday, July 16, 2010

Rococo inspiration

Rococo also called "Late Baroque" is an 18th century style which developed as Baroque artists reacted against symmetry. The style fit a world that literally was turned on its end with revolution and political thought. Voltaire, Rousseau, Benjamin Franklin, the American Revolution, followed by the French Revolution and Napoleon, the world had revolved into new world of thought.

Increasingly artists used designs that were more ornate, florid, and playful. Rococo rooms were designed as total works of art. Furniture was elegant and ornate. Decorative arts included small sculptures, ornamental mirrors, and tapestry complementing architecture, reliefs, and wall paintings. Rococo style took pleasure in asymmetry, a taste new to European style. The French called the practice of leaving elements unbalanced for effect "contraste". Today, we would say, vive le difference, and imagine Liberace at the piano.

At Traditions you can find tons of beautiful Rococo inspired furniture. Below are some examples of a few of the pieces we offer. You can use these pieces to add a little Rococo inspiration to your room!

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