Bringing the baroque into your bathroom gives you license to go overboard with the elegance, and sophistication, and create a truly luxurious boudoir to pamper yourself in.The lavishness introduced by the French king Louis X1V in the seventeenth century lends itself perfectly to the creation of a sophisticated stylish bathroom, whether you hint at the baroque with the introduction of a classic piece of furniture, or go for complete immersion!
Think ornate for abaroque feel
The key to creating a baroque bathroom is to think ornate. Signature pieces to introduce range from a claw-footed, stand-alone bath, a stunning chandelier, regal patterns, and, of course, gold.
If you’re changing your tub, go for a stand- alone, claw foot bath with elegant fittings – gold or burnished brass will bring a real sense of the baroque into your bathroom, so find taps and shower attachments that compliment the bath and stay true to the style you’re looking to achieve.
Rather than fitted units, seek out tables with signature baroque detailing – elegant curves, intricate carving – and perhaps a beautiful cupboard to provide a home to your towels and other necessities. And if you have a room, think about a chaise longue.
Consider wallpapering a wall in classic toile de Jouy pattern, or elegant florals, and introducing complimentary designs in your window dressing, whether you g o for curtains or a more practical blind. Baroque windows would typically be tall and narrow with rectangular hardware and a deep sill – why not use visual tricks to bring a similar sense to your room? Go for floor tiles in white or grey, introducing an elegant rug to bring warmth.
Mix it up and accessorise
Baroque is a timeless style so you can mix up the clean lines of a modern bathroom and create the feel with a stunning mirror, for example, or perhaps an ornate metal workcabinet with glass shelving. The tables and cupboards that will work so well in a completely baroque bathroom will also bring a touch of elegance as signature pieces in a simpler design.
Carry the feel through to your accessories – cut glass perfume bottles, an ornate soap dish. The baroque feel lends itself to the inclusion of delicate porcelain – the French faience style, so seek out a vase or plate to compliment the room’s design, and stock up on beautiful French soaps and fluffy towels and robes to complete the feel.