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 Colors: During Le Régence, most paneling is painted white with gilded details. By the 1730s, a yellow, blue, or green palette joins white and gold.

Floors. The most common flooring is wood blocks or parquet. Entries, halls, landings, and grand salons may have marble or stone in blocks or squares. Rugs include Orientals, Savonneries, and Aubussons. 

WallsBoiserie with alternating wide and narrow panels is the most common wall treatment. Panels, moldings, and other architectural elements do not greatly project, giving little interruption in the flatness and smooth articulation of the walls. In contrast to its ornament and moldings, paneling remains symmetrical even to the point of a false door to balance a real one, and it retains the tripartite divisions of earlier, which implies an order, although no columns are evident. Asymmetrical curves, foliage, and shells soften the corners, bottoms, and tops of panels. Decoration, which at times obscures form, extends beyond moldings and borders. Curves may be free form or resemble a woman’s upper lip; complex compositions feature multiple C, reverse C, and S scrolls.


Tapestries, usually limited to grand rooms, depict Rococo themes in numerous colors and the subtle shadings of paintings. Wallpapers gain favor but are not used in rooms of state. Types include hand-painted Chinese papers, flocked English papers, and patterns imitating textiles. English papers dominate the French market until the late 1750s when war between the two countries halts their importation. Larger and more numerous mirrors with complex curvilinear frames are located on walls, over fireplaces, on ceilings, inside fireplaces in summer, and on window shutters.

 Coved ceilings, curving corners, and rocaille decoration extending onto the ceiling proper are the most common treatments. Some ceilings are plain with a central plaster rosette.

Textiles. Heavy brocades and damasks are no longer in vogue. Silks (especially painted), linens, chintzes, and other printed cottons are used in summer, while plain or patterned velvets or damasks replace them in winter. Sets of furniture often have matching tapestry covers. Textile colors are strong and brilliant. Crimson is most favored, followed by blue, yellow, green, gold, and silver. Patterns, which are frequently asymmetrical, depict Rococo themes and motifs.






 Tables: The many types of tables include game, card, work, and toilet tables.

 StorageCommodes, first appear during Le Régence. During the Louis XV period, they are the most fashionable and lavishly decorated piece of furniture in the room, requiring the greatest skills of cabinetmaker and metalworker. 


 Beds. The most fashionable beds are the lit à la duchesse and the lit d’ange. Both have a low headboard and footboard but no posts. The lit à la polonaisehas four iron rods that curve up to support a dome-shaped canopy. 



Written by callawayinteriordesign

May 30, 2012 at 12:30 am

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