CLASSIC STYLE: INTRODUCTION
Furnishing a house with a style means giving it a recognizable character. In this article we will talk about the classic furnishing style, that is, the style that can include interior styles of various past eras.
There are many elements in a house that define a furnishing style and it is precisely on these elements that we need to dwell to recognize it.
Choosing a style of furniture means paying attention to pleasant sensations that furnishings, coatings and colors are able to convey at a glance, making an experience unique every time staying in the home.
The classic style is the timeless style par excellence, it is recognized immediately and while being inspired by the past it never goes out of fashion.
This style is synonymous with elegance, luxury, quality. In fact, when entering classically furnished houses it seems to enter the noble house of the past.
Classic furniture is often also a declaration of a certain socio-economic status and a certain type of taste and style.
In classic style, importance is not given to functionality or technology but to the authentic beauty of the furniture and finishes.
Wood always prevails and is solid and important wood, the materials are noble such as glass, marble and precious stones.
The lines are never essential but often sought after, the pieces of furniture abound and there is nothing left to chance. The classic style houses transmit warmth thanks also to the light colors of the walls and decorations such as the chandeliers, always very important.
Finally, classic interiors are traditionally associated with delicacy, consistency and good taste. This is why they do not lose their relevance over the years and never go out of style.
Each furnishing style has its constituent elements, “objective”, identifying and recognizable. Even the classic furniture style has its distinctive features, such as:
- Materials and shapes of the furnishings, where the colors are usually only those of the wood;
- Coating materials, natural or otherwise non-chemical;
- Decorations of the furnishings, according to the past style to which they are inspired;
- Plants perfectly hidden in the walls or furnishings; the heating system could consist of fireplaces or wood stoves or heated floors;
- Appliances in retro style or well camouflaged;
- Wall colors, mostly neutral;
- Functionality not in first place: certain very sophisticated materials and decorations could for example make cleaning difficult.
In the classic furnishing style, the coatings are mostly made of natural materials or in any case treated in a particular way. For floors, the following may be appropriate:
- The wood of the parquet;
- Terracotta and ceramic;
- Granite and marble;
- Glass mosaics;
- The stone.
For walls, are suitable for the classic style:
- Plaster with neutral colors, mostly white, or with sober decorations;
- Boiserie in wood.
Even worktops and entire rooms, such as the kitchen, can be made up of masonry and made-to-measure creations, which can be perfectly integrated in a classic furnishing style.
As for the furnishings, the classic style includes materials such as:
- Wood, mostly valuable;
- Marble or granite;
- Wrought iron.
Materials that do not differ much from those used in the coatings, as these are the ones that most define this style of furniture.
The furniture coatings sometimes provide a lacquer or in precious material or with colors, but with open pore, that is, which leave all the characteristics of the wood evident to the eye and touch.
Furthermore, of particular importance in the classic furnishing style are the fabrics: draperies, silks, decorated velvets can cover chairs, sofas, armchairs and characterize curtains and linens of a house conceived with a classic style.
The classic furnishing style is also recognizable by its colors.
Mainly the colors of all the essences of the wood give the main nuances in a house furnished with this style.
Then come the colors of stone or terracotta and finally those of the walls: always neutral or at most in very soft pastel shades.
Gold color is another shade widely used in this style, especially for details and particulars.
Even some furnishings, such as the kitchen, can have pastel shades, when the furniture or the doors are open pore lacquered, leaving a glimpse of all the grain and knots of the wood.
These are widely used techniques, for example for rustic kitchens. The colors of fabrics and drapes can also be stronger than pastel colors, but never alive and dazzling.
In fact, dark red velvet is for example a typical fabric of the classic furnishing style. Patterns are also welcome in classic style fabrics, as long as they are mainly floral.
It is not the style that is seen most frequently nowadays but it undoubtedly has a great charm, which continues to attract thousands of admirers all over the world.
When you enter a classic style environment, the feeling is that of being guests in a noble house with ancient and noble origins, in which every element, from floor to ceiling, meets the criteria of tradition, size, in the sense of size , and exquisite refinement.
The classic style is lately less in demand because the trends of modern and minimal style are often preferred. In fact, this style is more demanding in terms of both space and economic furnishings.
People who choose to furnish in a classic style often have a passion for fine antiques and have a very spacious home.
In fact, from this point of view, the classic furnishing style, being timeless, is often revisited in a modern key, to adapt it to the needs of today’s life and to make it more accessible economically.
Thus was born a hybrid style, sometimes called “contemporary classic” or with similar compound terms.
The materials remain the same, but sometimes the colors change, sometimes the decorations. In fact, the furniture is “lightened” and stripped of inlays and high-reliefs, the shades are made more vivid, even closed-pore lacquers are allowed.
Furthermore, as with any other furnishing style, it is possible, at the discretion of the person concerned, to keep the classical style as the background for contemporary or design furnishing pieces, or from other styles, which thus create a mixture of different characters and amazing visual effects.
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