It’s the season of excess, where more is more and glamour is a must have accessory for everyone. What better style to explore than the grand heights of Baroque, as much an art movement as it is a timeless look for your wardrobe and interior.
First established back in 17th century Europe, the Baroque movement is thought to have originated in Italy. Dramatic and excessive, Baroque has always been about grandeur and luxury, a way of separating social classes even. With the classic architecture very much tied to the Catholic Church there is also a certain gothic theme that runs through Baroque styles and is still evident in today’s reincarnation of the look.
The colour palette and patterns used are very distinctive in the world of Baroque, dark shades such as aubergine purple and ruby red or contrasting colours of gold & black are often see. The patterns and shapes often associated with this style are always offset by exuberant use of curves and flourishes.
Ornamental & beautiful Baroque was born out of the Renaissance movement and came about through a frustration at regimented lines and style rules. Similar to the Renaissance period, the Baroque period was about design rather than innovation, especially evident in the architecture. Designers revelled in the theatre of architecture; a great example of this is the Spanish Steps in Rome, which were designed to mimic the movements of popular dance at the time.
Just as perfect as inspiration for your wardrobe, the Baroque fashion style is always prevalent around this time of year. Dolce & Gabbana championed the Barque look on the catwalk earlier in the season, showcasing how well black & gold works with the decorative style. Also seen at Moschino the Baroque fashion look is all about excess, luxury detailing and most importantly glamour.
When bringing this decadent style into your home think lavish detailing, such as an ornate mirror – which can transform a room in an instant. Colour scheme, as mentioned before, is vitally important and sticking to two strong complementing colours will help define the look. A decorative headboard in the bedroom can be all it takes to turn a simple style into a lavish Baroque inspired interior. Play with lighting in your scheme too, as emphasising certain aspects of your interior from a feature wall to a beautiful chair will add to the glamour and mystique associated with Baroque style.