In the recent couple of years I have become more interested in incorporating antiques into my designs and my home. And with that I have noticed some trends in the styles and periods I find myself most drawn to and thought I’d share some of the knowledge I’ve picked up in my antiquing travels.
The most broad term for the types of furniture and accents I find myself buying lately is Neoclassical, which is a sort of umbrella term that includes the sub-styles of Louis XVI, Directoire and Empire styles from France and the Federal and Empire styles in America during the late 18th century. Based on the historical, classic architecture and design of Greece and Rome– these styles favor straight, rectilinear lines and pure geometric shapes (unlike the more curvy and ornate styles of the Rococo period before it).
Side note: Look Ma! My college degree is being used right now!!!!
OK, just had to call out my use of my (rusty) art history knowledge. Anyway, I love this style, especially when mixed with modern accents to really create an interesting and tension-filled juxtaposition. Darryl Carter is the master of this look, in my opinion:
Look how that coffee table makes all the antique pieces look so fresh and modern! LOVE!
I rounded up some finds from online sites (some antiques, some new pieces) in the Neoclassical style. Characteristics and motifs to looks for: straight lines and legs, Greek key patterns, medallions, urns, claw style feet, fluted and or reeded details, garlands, arrows and gilded wood.