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News > The Rococo style through Tatiana Antonchenko’s eyes

The middle of the 18th century.

Very often the Rococo style is confused with the Baroque. And this is an explanation.

The Rococo is also known as the late Baroque style, in contrast to which, the Rococo uses absolutely different motives. Orientation of the Rococo represents very bright and rich style. But besides all complicated decorative details the Rococo is also quite elegant.

The Rococo style reached the peak of its fame from 1700 to 1780 in Western Europe and was reflected in art and music. In French the word Rococo means "decoration from shells and stones" which very much suits to this style. Asymmetry of the Rococo draws its inspiration from nature, using curved lines. Square shapes gave way to twisting shapes and lines.

It may be safely be said that if the Baroque is the style of kings, thus the Rococo, undoubtedly, is the style of favourites – boudoir and erotic, cosy and elegant.

The main principle of this style in the art was escape from life to the world of fantasy, games, mythical stories and erotic situations. Grandiouse, fanciful ornamental rhythm, romanticized oriental motifs dominate. The interiors are elegant, decorative and light.

The French style Rococo was known for such colours as yellow, pink, golden, blue, cream and ivory. The combination of pastel and golden tones is a characteristic feature of this style. Slightly faded, shimmering colouring.

Carved and modeled patterns, broken cartouches, masks of Cupids, reliefs, picturesque paintings, erotic and pastoral silhouettes, asymmetrical structure of composition, exquisite decoration based on Chinese art. Mirrors are in golden lacy frames, gobelins, porcelain statuettes, lacquer Chinese chests, busts. Expensive fabrics: satin, silk, cloth flowers.

Bathroom in the Rococo style.

Bathroom is in the Rococo style is very romantic, spacious. It may be used pastel, golden or just white elements, mouldings.

Faucets are preferably gold or bronze. Walls – tiles with floral or pastoral patterns.

You are welcome to read the full article on the personal website of the author – designer Tatiana Antonchenko

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Specially for the International Association VATIKAM (Paris, France).

Sincerely yours, Tatiana Antonchenko.


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