I love rooms with bare wood or stone floors and roughly plastered walls, furnished with just a few, beautiful antiques and carefully edited accessories. I call it "opulent minimalism".
This is definitely not to be confused with the contemporary minimalist look that is all about chrome and glass and sharp edges and boxy furniture! That look is the complete antithesis of what I love.
Rooms that have beautiful proportions and interesting architectural details don't need a lot of adornment.
A few French antiques are all that is needed, upholstery must be in vintage linen or plush velvet.
Windows are left unadorned.
An air of romance presides and aged patina is a must.
Walls are left mostly bare.
The few pieces in the room must make a statement.
Old books and interesting artifacts are all the accessories that are needed.
Beautiful and elaborate sconces and chandeliers create the required opulence.
A beautiful canopy bed needs only a small and simple side table.
Gilt fits perfectly with this look.
An exotic and elaborate piece of furniture creates interest.
No clutter is allowed
I think this type of interior requires quite a lot of discipline? Discipline that I'm not sure that I have! Do you?
Till next time
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