Custom drapery in rich fabrics is in step with traditonal Baroque style

Feb 9 2011

Rich fabrics such as velvets and silks are inspired by the Baroque era.
Rich fabrics such as velvets and silks are inspired by the Baroque era.
This year's Maison et Objet, a preeminent European trade show for interior design trends, recently showcased the newest fabrics and wallpapers, as well as lighting and furniture by both emerging and established designers, according to The Independent.

Traditional styles, particularly Baroque, predominated at this year's event. Baroque style, which dates back to the 1600s, is marked by elaborate detailed scrollwork, decorative hardwood and highly textured fabrics.

In one showing, the Christian Lacroix fashion house teamed up with Designers Guild to present fabrics for home design. "Typically Lacroix in texture, the richly patterned velvets, exuberant silk florals and printed linens reference historical couture," London writer Annie Deakin reported for the London newspaper.

Such high-end furnishings aren't necessarily out of reach for home decorators. Consumers looking for the latest fabrics for decorating projects should look for crushed velvets, lace, and fabrics with an aged quality, such as a faded look.

For window treatments, custom drapery can be inspired by this historic tone, with curtain rods and finials mimicking the scrollwork of Baroque style. Draperies can be hung with underlying window shades in a variety of styles and colors.
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