Rococo Decorating Style


Rococo Decorating Style


Rococo decorating style is very flamboyant and rich. But no matter all the intricate and ornate features Rococo is also quite elegant. Rococo style peaked during 1700 and 1780 in western Europe and was found in art and music. The name Rococo means “rocaille” in French, which is appropriate as the Rococo’s ornate asymmetry was inspired by natural curves of trees, shells, clouds and flowers.

Rococo is also known as Late Baroque but in contrast with the latter Rococo allows other motifs to come in. Thus Oriental motifs were romanticized to fit the Rococo style. Square shapes gave way to sinuous lines and forms. But the love for complexity has lingered in the Rococo style since Baroque.

Gold plasterwork is one of the key features of Rococo decorating style. Lavishly decorated walls and ceilings mostly featured the contrast of pastels and gold. The motifs used in Rococo decorating style included Chinese, Palladian (Italian) and Gothik tastes. As the names suggest these motifs came from different cultures that allowed to create a certain atmosphere in home décor.  Oriental motifs were quiet common in accessories while Gothik Taste borrowed elements from Gothic architecture.


Rococo furniture was made of mahogany wood or was gilded and upholstered in leather, brocade or velour. It also had carved and sinuous silhouettes that compliment the wall and ceiling finishing, which strengthened the ornate picture.


French Rococo was known for such colors as yellow, pink, ivory and gold, azure blue and cream. The combination of pastels and gold is a signature mark, so to speak, to this style.

Since Rococo style went with the free asymmetry square forms gave way to oval and natural forms. Even rooms were designed in oval shape or arranged to avoid square form. The wide use of mirrors was also Rococo’s main feature. They featured intricately-shaped frames that were often gilded.

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Shawn Penoyer Interiors



Atlanta High end interior Designer

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