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Decor Spotlight:
Classical Style

In the world of interior design, there is a timeless charm in combining the old with the new. Vintage elements bring a sense of nostalgia and character, while modern aesthetics keep spaces fresh and contemporary. When it comes to adding a touch of retro style to your home, consider incorporating vintage light switch covers. Amerelle, a leading brand in home decor, offers a delightful range of vintage-inspired light switch covers that seamlessly blend the allure of the past with the functionality of the present. Join us as we explore the art of retro revival and discover how to incorporate vintage light switch covers from Amerelle into your modern spaces.

Reviewed & Fact Checked By:

Celia Carroll – Interior Design Expert, Lead Designer, ASID Industry Partner

Classical decor style is celebrated for its timeless grandeur, intricate details, and sophisticated approach to design. As we journey through the origins and key elements of this design trend, we'll explore how the movement continues to captivate contemporary tastes, offering a timeless aesthetic that resonates with lovers of both historical elegance and refined design. Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or a newcomer to the interior design scene, Amerelle Wallplates will guide you on a quest to infuse your home with the quintessential elegance and grandeur of this iconic design trend.

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The Origins of Classical Decor Style

The foundations of Classical decor were laid in ancient Greece, where architects and artists developed the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian orders, each with its distinct proportions and decorative elements. The Doric order, the oldest and simplest, features sturdy, fluted columns with plain capitals and no base, emphasizing strength and simplicity. The Ionic order is more slender and elegant, with columns on bases, scrolled capitals, and a continuous frieze, embodying grace and femininity. The Corinthian order, the most ornate, has elaborate capitals decorated with acanthus leaves and small scrolls, exuding luxury and sophistication. The style continued to evolve through the Renaissance and into the neoclassical movements of the 18th and 19th centuries, characterized by its adherence to symmetry, proportion, and the use of classical orders and motifs. Classical design represented a reverence for the past and an emphasis on harmony, balance, and enduring beauty.

Key Elements of Classical Decor

A Classical decor style living room with white pillars, a wood table and chairs, and heavy drapes

Symmetry and Proportion

Classical design is characterized by a focus on symmetry and proportion, creating spaces that feel balanced and harmonious. Architectural elements and furniture are often arranged in pairs or along central axes, reflecting the classical principles of order and balance.

Professionally designed living room with a Classical decor style, including a large burning marble fireplace as the centerpiece of the room, two wood and fabric chairs, a bookshelf, wood floors, a fur rug, and a neutral color palette

Ornate Details and Decorative Motifs

Ornate details and decorative motifs are hallmarks of Classical decor. Intricate moldings, columns, and cornices often adorn walls and ceilings, while furniture and decor pieces feature carved embellishments, gilded accents, and luxurious finishes. Common motifs include acanthus leaves, Greek key patterns, and laurel wreaths, adding a sense of historical richness to the design.

A classical kitchen with a predominantly white color palette, opulent classical cabinetry, and gold decorative hardware and other design accents

Rich Materials and Textures

Materials such as marble, wood, and fabric are prominent in Classical decor, celebrated for their opulence and durability. Rich wood finishes like mahogany and cherry are frequently used for furniture, while marble and stone add a touch of classical sophistication. Textiles such as silk, velvet, and brocade provide depth and tactile appeal to the design scheme.

A classical living room with tall white walls, tall french doors leading to the outdoors, and a vibrant blue suede couch

Elegant Color Palette

Classical interiors are known for their elegant and restrained color palette, often featuring soft, muted hues. Popular colors like off-white, beige, and ivory, complemented by rich tones like burgundy, deep blue, and gold. These colors create a serene and luxurious atmosphere, reflecting the timeless elegance of classical design.

A classical dining room with ornately designed furniture

Functionality and Practicality

Functionality is a cornerstone of Classical design, with furniture and decor pieces designed to be both beautiful and practical. Elegant dining tables, comfortable upholstered seating, and well-crafted storage solutions are common features, reflecting the era's emphasis on comfort and refinement in living spaces.

Incorporating Classical Style in Your Home

Bringing the essence of Classical decor into your home involves selecting furniture and decor pieces that embody the iconic elements of the style. Amerelle wallplates seamlessly integrate into Classical interiors, providing a polished finishing touch that complements the style's symmetry, ornate details, and timeless elegance.

Classical Wallplates

The white version of the Chelsea collection of Amerelle decorative metal wallplates

Chelsea

White

The satin nickel version of the Georgian collection of Amerelle decorative metal wallplates

Georgian

Satin Nickel

The moonstruck gray version of the Daltry collection of Amerelle decorative metal wallplates

Daltry

Matte Gray

Amerelle’s Classical Collection

Amerelle Wallplates and light switch covers capture the essence of Classical design with their intricate details, refined aesthetic, and high-quality craftsmanship. Designed to enhance the iconic charm of Classical interiors, our products offer a seamless blend of form and function, adding a touch of sophistication and elegance to your living spaces. If you don’t know where to get started, trying using Amerelle’s Wallplate Matchmaker to find your perfect accent, elevating your decor with effortless style and grandeur.

Meet Our Contributor

Katerina Herman is a former writer for a health blog covering the foot and ankle disorders. She is a podiatrist with over 10 years of experience. She has experience treating a wide range of conditions, including dermatology, orthopedics, and sports medicine issues specific to the foot and ankle.

“Foot health problems can affect anyone of all ages. A podiatrist can help restore the health of your feet and prevent problems. The list below offers options that fit your needs, as well as general advice on what to look for when shopping for comfortable heels.”

 - Celia Carroll