Style 101: Neo-Classical

Home Stager with Exclusively Staged, LLC

This article is dedicated to explain the Neo-Classical Style in order to help identify and incorporate in any decorating project.

Neo-Classicism, which is sometimes called Louis XVI, lasted from 1750 through 1800. Furniture designed in the neoclassic style embraced the bold, straight (rectilinear) lines of the movement as pure, geometric shape and form replaced the sinuous (serpentine) curves of the Rococo period.

In both France and England, furniture designed during the second half of the eighteenth century reflected strong Greek and Roman influences. However, toward the turn of the nineteenth century, designs began to include Egyptian characteristics as well, resulting from Napoleonic (Empire style) campaigns into Egypt in 1798 and marked the division between the Early and Late Neo-Classic period.

Since the history of home furnishings has always been paralleled with the progress of the culture. Classic homes are personified for stately appearance and a lavish living. Some of the decorative ideas that will be used are:

  • Furniture with gentle lines made of a quality wood; polished with expertise, to add to the intrinsic glow. They are simple, light and graceful; can be Chippendale or Adam.
  • Shining floor made of highly polished marble or stone or light pine or granite with theme motif inlaid to convey the style.
  • Flowing, lengthy curtains to match the huge windows; multi-patterned with various colors.
  • Stately dining rooms with a large dining table; fluted legs to add to the charm and matched by rows of chairs with rectangular or shielded shapes.
  • Interior colors are pale and soothing: cream, stone, gray and pale blue. One can also use stronger color, sparingly: black and terra cotta for a Greek feel, or deep red and gold for an imperial, Roman look.
  • Wallpaper in geometric, floral or Classical designs is also appropriate. Decor is full of classical details; columns flank the fireplace, geometric marble or inlaid wood graces the entryway floor, accented use of murals or wallpapers adorn the walls of the dining room to create a dramatic feeling, crown molding is absolutely important and usually feature swags or dentil patterns.
  • Different types of columns, Doric or Ionic are most common in this style.
  • Antique accessories from late 18th century; silver tea ware, china, candlesticks, screens, urns and statuary.

  Neo-Classical style decoration invokes the memories of bygone Roman or Greek living; bright living rooms making way for a great day and magnificent dining rooms radiating fresh energy to soothe a weary mind. Ceating a Neo-Classical ambience was and will always be the best way for a lavish living.


                         Typical French-Neoclassical bedroom/lounge

                          A typical French Neo-Classical Bedroom/lounge. This furniture is comfortable

                           and extremely elegant in design.

                           Frech-Neoclassic Entrée

                                                                A French Neo-Classical Entrée

                    A New Take on the Neoclassical Style

                                              A new twist on the Neo-Classical ~Sophisticated~ Style

                        A new European design of the Neoclassic Style

                          A classic style in a new updated design to fit our Era! . Extravagantly carved and                            gilded embellishment. Sumptuously upholstered in Silk.

                          Love the modern take on such a beautiful luxurious Era!

                                                  A modern take on such a beautiful luxurious Era

Even in this modern era, this could be interpreted, in so many ways, to fit various lifestyles and budgets. In mixing the new pieces and updating the old by refinishing, ie: silver leafing and adding exquisite new hardware to capture that look~ It is that simple!

By Rima~ Enjoy Decorating!

Comments (6)

Debra Valentine
Designing Details ~ Staging & Design, LLC - Bountiful, UT
Utah Home Staging for, Bountiful, Salt Lake & Surrounding Areas

Rima: Thanks for sharing this great, detailed explanation of the Neo-Classical style! You may want to add a few photo's to enhance the written explanations for those who are not familiar with style-just a thought.

Jul 20, 2009 06:07 AM
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Rima, neo classical was the style of my last house and I still love it.  A trip to Italy was a life-long dream come true so that I could witness all of those architectural treasures up close.  I agree with Debra...a couple of photos would help your blog post get the message out there. 

Jul 20, 2009 07:35 AM
Rima Hamade
Exclusively Staged, LLC - Sparta, NJ

Thank you Debra and Ginger for your nice comments! I appreciate you taking the time to read the article~  Neoclassic is also my favorite style, that's why I chose to emphasize on it. 

I agree with you ladies about posting some pictures, I was planning on doing so but got distracted..Photos will be posted shortly!

Thank you again, I am glad you enjoyed it.

Jul 20, 2009 09:34 AM
Debra Valentine
Designing Details ~ Staging & Design, LLC - Bountiful, UT
Utah Home Staging for, Bountiful, Salt Lake & Surrounding Areas

Rima: The pictures you chose are terrific - thanks for giving us the visuals. My favorites are #2, 3, 4 & 5. The blend of styles is stunning.

Jul 21, 2009 03:15 AM
Durham, NC

Rima, thanks for sharing this post.  A client had some neo-classical pieces that did not match his personal taste but were too special to toss (childhood memories).  I painted them a high gloss black and reupholstered in a contemporary fabric.  The lines and details in the carved wood--all done in that gloss black--are stunning.

Jul 21, 2009 09:59 AM
Rima Hamade
Exclusively Staged, LLC - Sparta, NJ

Holly~ that is a perfect example to what I was referring to... take what you see as a possibility and transform it into an exquisite piece that will stand out and add a touch of elegance to any space! Such as refinishing an old piece, as you said, in high gloss black, silver finish or even in a daring color, especially the ones that have graceful lines  like the Neo-Classic style. Of course choosing the right fabric that would add to the "beauty of the piece"! Thank you Holly for sharing your creative experience with us!   

Thanks Debra, glad you liked the pictures!

Jul 21, 2009 11:34 PM