What Is Classical Interior Design?

Classical interior design is influenced by classicism, taking reference from the classical periods between the 14th century and 17th century. Classical interior design takes inspiration from the Greeks and Romans, taking elements from these aesthetics to create a balance of perfect harmony within your home.
It is a timeless interior design style that creates a structured and balanced home, that incorporated rich accessories, textures, and finishes, with a use of rich colours.

Elements Used In Classical Interior Design:

Start with a focal point: Choose a focal point to each room e.g. the fireplace, use the focal point as a place to style your furniture around, symmetry is important in Classical interiors, make sure to place the furniture symmetrically.

Symmetry: Try creating mirror images when creating a classical interior, such as facing identical sofas from each other with a classical coffee table between, or matching armchairs at either side of the fireplace, always address the larger pieces first, then consider where to place your accessories, artwork, cushions etc.

Colours: Getting the colours right is important when creating a classical interior look, make sure to use softer colours over bolder colours, a colour palette inspired by nature is a favourite when creating this design, blues, browns, yellows and soft tones are all a good example to use. Bolder colours such as emeralds and plums can also be used when accessorizing, for example pair two off-white armchairs with emerald green cushions on them.

Accessories: The placement of art and accessories is just as important as furniture, you need to create a cohesive feel to the aesthetics, you can try one large piece of framed artwork above a console table, then add two matching table lamps to either side, remember to keep symmetry in mind whilst doing this.


Classical Colour Palettes:

Ancient yellow, mist blue, off-white, and ivory

Terracotta, off-white, mist blue, and black

Brown, off-white, ivory, and scarlet

Stone, terracotta, off-white, and brown

Sun yellow, ivory, marble pink, and off-white

Mist blue, violet, scarlet, and off-white

Pale malachite, ivory, marble pink, and clay

Pieces To Incorporate Into Classical Interior Design:

  • Klismos Chair
  • Chaise Lounge
  • Laurel wreaths
  • Decorative urns
  • Busts
  • Extravagant fireplaces
  • Sculptures
  • Dentil moulding
  • Columns
  • Swags
  • Domes
  • Cornicing
  • Wall murals
  • Marble flooring
  • Daybeds
  • Alabaster pendants
  • Fluting
  • Lionhead fixtures
  • Eagle motifs
  • Pineapple motifs
  • Crystal chandeliers
  • Parquet flooring

Materials To Incorporate Into Classical Interior Design:

  • Marble
  • Velvet
  • Canvas
  • Cotton
  • Stone
  • Onyx
  • Natural wood
  • Crystal
  • Brocade
  • Satin
  • Silk
  • Natural leather

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