It all started in the mid-1700s in France. Think of Versailles and you’ll have a good idea of what Rococo design looks like (while Versailles is technically decorated in the French Baroque style, you’ll get the general sense of Rococo looks like).
If you’re wondering whether or not this is something you want to give a go for your interior designing, read on to learn more about it and how you can do just that!
Sometimes spelled “Roccoco,” the Rococo period took place during the reign of Louis XV, from 1715 until the French Revolution in 1789. Typically, this refers to the time period rather than the design style, but there’s no denying that the décor of the period has distinct characteristics.
While it started in France, it quickly spread to Germany, Russia, Austria, and other countries. Derived from the French word “rocaille,” which refers to shell-covered rockwork found in artificial grottoes, this was the final stage of the Baroque movement.
Many often confuse Rococo and Baroque; strictly speaking, Baroque style is older and originated in 1600s Italy. It is rather difficult to distinguish between the two, but it isn’t impossible. If you want to bring it down to one characteristic that sets Rococo apart from Baroque, it’s simply that Rococo traditionally utilizes lighter colors and softer ornamentation.
While ivory is present in the Baroque design, it’s a darker shade accented with raised, golden carvings. Rococo furniture, on the other hand, uses slimmer and softer carvings, as well as pastel colors.
This design style is typically characterized by light pastel colors, plenty of curves, asymmetry, ornamentation, and overall elegance. These characteristics all contradicted the key elements of Baroque design, which was symmetrical and used darker colors.
If you’re looking to bring Rococo design into your home, there are certainly plenty of opportunities to invest in a beautiful statement piece without having to re-do an entire room. Consider a beautifully carved, curved chair with soft floral upholstery.
With Rococo style, you want to create a sense of comfort and a balance of light and warmth. Wall sconces and candelabras are a great nod to the Rococo design style as well. Look for items with pastel-colored flowers!
Large, prominent mirrors with asymmetrical carvings are another great piece of Rococo furniture that you can use in any room. Bonus—they’ll help reflect light to brighten the room and make it look bigger!
My personal favorite is a good, Rococo-inspired bedframe. The beautiful carvings of flowers and curved woodwork make for an attractive, elegant focal point. Pair it with a pastel bed set and you’re well on your way to creating a Rococo-inspired centerpiece for your bedroom.
Kayleigh is a content writer with a BA in technical writing/literature and an MA in creative writing. When she’s not at work writing, she’s at home writing, reading, or binge-watching television shows… for research, of course. A big do-it-yourselfer and crafter, Kayleigh loves testing out projects and gifting them to friends and family—all in preparation for when she owns her own home one day and decorates with her own personal creations. Her work has appeared on The Writing Cooperative and as an Honorable Mention in East Meets West American Writers Review.