TAKING INSPIRATION FROM THE DRAWING ROOMS AND SALONS OF PARIS, LONDON, OR ROME IN THE 18TH AND 19TH CENTURIES, FORMAL STYLE IS A PORTAL TO A MORE ROMANTIC ERA.
The décor may be grand or intimate, opulent or austere, but it is always refined, elegant, and charming. It is founded on harmonious classical proportions, pleasing sinuous lines, and delicate, finely-detailed ornamentation. Naturally, the vintage and the antique take pride of place. Although traditional, there is room to express one’s personality through carefully-chosen treasured objects. And, of course, the focal point of any room is a classic mantel.
This era in decorative arts was characterized by superb craftsmanship, which drew on the fine arts of painting and sculpture. Rococo and Baroque came to prominence during this period. The style could be lavish, opulent, and highly ornamental, but also playful.