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Parisian Salons evoke images of romance, statement furnishings and luxurious finishes. It is a style that covers a range of decorating periods including the formal French style of the Baroque, Rocco, Louis, Regency and Empire periods, as well as the contemporary incorporation of Mediterranean, art deco, classical and bohemian influences. Architecture has grand details, rooms have high ceilings and formal elegance is evident in every element.
Typically, colour schemes are exquisitely created from rich jewel-like colours, such as floral greens, crimson to deep red, mustard yellows, lavender and royal to sky blue. Black, ivory and gold provide accents, with black anchoring and grounding the scheme. Burnished gilt provides opulent touches as highlight on carved furniture details, mirrors and lighting.
Furniture of this style bears the hallmarks of patina and imperfections associated with age and elegance. The Classic European styling and sumptuous seating, over-sized armories and bomb commodes and consoles proudly shows off the scuffs and broken surfaces of crackled and distressed paint and old gilt. Equally, furniture doesn't need to match one period with another, rather it is a style that suggests one has collected pieces over many years.
Upholstery fabrics can be sumptuous and rich, featuring luxurious silks, velvets and brocades, and weathered leather. Other popular choices are toiles, striped or checked linens and damask. Parsementeire, including beading, fringing and tassels add glamour, detail and richness. Tapestries also provide heavy textiles for walls as well as displaying artistic and elaborate European rural and country scenes.
Accessories, like furnishings should display an aged look. No Salon scheme is complete without a large vintage mirror, elaborately carved and gilded-it will add drama, and reflect the many beautiful materials and colours of the interior. Classical urns, statues, wrought iron candelabra, oversized Parisian wall clocks, items representing the Eiffel Tower, French art, hat boxes and luxurious silk cushions will provide the layering that will enrich your scheme and create its authenticity.
Lighting will truly complete the glamour of your Salon interior, with its emphasis on antique bronze, wrought iron or brass candelabra, chandeliers and wall sconces with crystal drops. Shades are often black lined with gold and fringed with beads.