Baroque style hit its ornamental, over-the-top stride in the 17th and 18th centuries, but lately it’s been making its way back into even the most modern of homes. Though less fussy and more minimalist style has reigned for the past few years, today’s designers know that elements of Baroque style like ornate mirrors, brilliant jewel tones, gilded finishes, curvaceous lines, opulent moldings, luxe patterns, architectural details and elegant marble create interesting juxtapositions when paired with contemporary elements. Here are some rooms that show us how to use the right dose of Baroque with different styles.
Use a lot of white. Midcentury modern Eames chairs and a modern dining table are juxtaposed with ornate moldings and an intricate crystal chandelier in this dining room. Using a lot of white is a modern way to tone down the drama of Baroque.
Fearlessly mix eras. This beautiful foyer in a French chateau combines Baroque elements like an antique Louis XV lantern, curved ironwork and ornate console table with modern art. The result is an interesting balance of time periods.
Create one Baroque focal point. In this elegant kitchen, an ornate island and chandelier ground the center of the room with Baroque style, while the light cabinetry and backsplash update the overall look.
Carved wood Italian chandelier: via Renaissance Collection, Dallas; island: custom; island top: Bianco Macaubus quartzite with a Dupont edge detail
Make it cozy. Baroque-inspired touches like the fanciful crown molding and cornices, a trompe l’oei ceiling and gilded accessories add elegance to this small and comfortable sitting room. Soft colors and cushy upholstery tone it down and keep things cozy.
Create the forms with new materials. Going Baroque can certainly be playful. This rustic bathroom combines tramp art traditions with Baroque style — the Rococo-form mirror is crafted from bottle caps and wood.