6 ‘must-have’ design elements in neo-classical interiors
Classical interiors all stem from the same traditional vibe that was discovered by ancient Greek architects and designers all that millennia ago. With the passage of time, this style accumulated even more wealthy designs – the grandness of the roman empire, the dark, towering legacy of the Gothic style and small touches of renaissance, baroque, rococo, Venetian, modern and transitional – until it was such a hybridized version of itself that only the term ‘contemporary’ could define it. Today we call it neo-classical, and it could be defined by some design elements that are universal in all interpretations of this style. Further, we’ll be looking at these elements in brief detail.
- Chandeliers come tufting
Chandeliers and tufting of the furniture are some of the most quintessential parts of every neo-classical interior. Both these elements have been a time honored tradition in every classical interpretation of interior design throughout the ages, so it is only right that these elements be welcome in the modern designs as well. The image below showcases just how much of an impact these two components have in integrating this style in a modern/contemporary setting.
- A royal color scheme
Neo-classical interiors look their best when they are done in a heavy-handed color scheme. The interior below is the perfect example of this phenomenon. While most of the space has been designed in various shades of white, the royal blue furniture with its expensive looking fabrics is what induces that traditional vibe within the overall setting.
- High-back furniture
This kind of furniture used to be an intervention to imbue opulence within the ambiance without going too overboard with the design, and has seeped into contemporary interpretations of the style as well. As you can see in the image below, the high-backs of the bed and chair have a very distinctly traditional look.
- Gold lighting over rich colors
Lighting was a linchpin in old-time classical designs, mostly because it was a way to incorporate even more grandness into the design. Today, we use gold lighting fixed within elaborate lighting fixtures that strive to make the rich color scheme seem even more opulent than it is.
- Heavy accessorizing
Accessorizing was one of the most paramount decorating techniques back in the day, and I certainly is in neo-classical interiors as well. Though it is not as prominent as it used to be, there are still baubles like candelabras and such that are repeatedly used in such interiors.
- Wall beading
In old interior design practices this used to be known as wainscoting but the change in style and materials has contemporary practitioners calling it wall beading. The idea however, is the same; a square-ish protrusion in the wall that is made from plaster and adds richness within the setting.