Baroque Style

The Look 

Baroque furniture must necessarily have a presentable and expensive look. It is characterized as:

  • fabric upholstery,
  • lacquering and gilding,
  • curved legs,
  • sophisticated carving.

Tables and countertops in this style are often decorated with mosaics, and the back seats of armchairs are folded back. Baroque is characterized by such furniture as ottoman chairs, cupboards, chests of drawers, and double closets. The color of the baroque-style furniture is often the same as the color of the walls but can be contrasting. For example, furniture upholstered with burgundy cloth looks nice against light beige walls and gilded elements.


The style was created in Italy in the 17th century and served the housing of affluent Italians with exceptional luxury, elegance, and intricacy.”Barocco” translates from the Italian as “pretentiousness.” This simple word can convey the bold complexity of the demonstrativeness and pomp of this style. Today, the Baroque interior design of apartments, houses, interiors, or offices emphasizes the owners’ high status and wealth. It is remarkable! Under the influence of the European baroque style, Russian baroque appeared. This style trend was popular in the late 17th – early 18th-century architecture. It is often called “Naryshkin,” as some churches were built in this style, commissioned by the famous Naryshkin family. The popes hired the best architects, artists, and interior designers to construct countless churches and palaces, which changed the face of the city, making Rome visually more prosperous and more luxurious. This style was quickly taken up throughout Europe. Following the exterior, the interior decoration of wealthy citizens also changed. Great artists of their time were engaged in the development of a new style of furniture and decor, trying to outdo each other and themselves. Let’s see what they did.

Modern Baroque Movements

Baroque style in a dramatic modern interior with a thoughtful approach can take a special place among other design directions. This type of interior arrangement is always bold, non-trivial, and unique: 

  • fireplace imitation decorated with plaster and carved stucco,
  • fabric panels instead of a full-wall fresco,
  • beautiful furniture, inherent in style, with helpful functionality,
  • harmony between elements, a slight curvature of furniture contours, doorways, walls, and ceilings,
  • moderate furniture decor (application of minimalistic floral designs, unusual ornaments),
  • multilevel soft lighting,
  • instead of patterned carpets, these are plain or with bright, stylish patterns.
  • quiet, marble, laminate, or tiles are used as flooring. 
  • the main principle is the perfect combination with the wall decoration and, generally, the interior concept.

Baroque interiors are impressively and highly detailed, including intricately, perfectly carved wood detailing paired with luxurious, elegant textiles for furniture, wall, and window coverings. 

These expressive fabrics are often attractive damask or floral patterns. Baroque architecture, as developed by Bernini, Carlo Maderno, Francesco Borromini, and Guarino Guarini, emphasized massiveness and monumentality, movement, dramatic spatial and lighting sequences, and a rich interior decoration using contrasting surface textures, vivid colors, and luxurious materials to heighten the contrast. The style is characterized by exaggerated motion and precise detail used to produce drama, exuberance, and grandeur in sculpture, painting, architecture, literature, dance, and music.

The technique is an admiringly ornate and elaborate architectural, art, and design style that quickly flourished in parts of Europe in the 17th and first part of the 18th century. Conceiving in Italy, its influence was distributed rapidly across Europe, and it evolved as the first visual style to have an influential worldwide impact. While the subject matter and even style can change between Baroque paintings, most items or pieces from this duration have one specialty in common: drama. In the work or collection of notable painters like Caravaggio and Rembrandt, a positive interest in drama materializes as intense, stunning contrasts between the visual of beaming light and looming shadows.

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