Decorating with the Louis sixteen style

June 16, 2019

The Louis sixteen style is the epitome of French elegance and style. It was historically a reaction to the curves of the Louis fifteen style. With its turned fluted legs, neoclassical tones and refined mouldings the Louis sixteen style fits perfectly well with modern contemporary décor and with Louis fifteen and fourteen styles.

Louis XVI Coffee Table

For this stylish apartment a mix of contemporary, Louis fourteen, sixteen and fifteen styles were used to compliment each other. For the dining setting a Louis fourteen-style dining table was used in a light painted antique finish with gold trim on the ornamentation, rosettes, fluting and mouldings. The tapered legs of the dining table add a quintessential elegant Louis fourteen touch.

Surrounding the table oval back Louis sixteen dining chairs were used to add soft round forms around the rectangular nature of the table. In the corner of the dining room, two oval back dining carvers are used as occasional chairs to decorate the corner of the dining room and to provide extra seating when required at the ends of the table. The dining chairs are all upholstered in a beautiful sumptuous light blue fabric that sets off the Louis sixteen style perfectly and harmonizes with the parquetry floor.

The dining room also features a set of six historical French prints mounted in a gorgeous teal mount and gold frame to ti in with the gilding of the dining table.

A main highlight in the dining room is also the gorgeous Louis sixteen side-server with bottom shelf and added ornamentation in gold to tie the piece with the gilded classical mirror above.

Louis XVI Coffee Table

For the lounge room setting we choose a Louis sixteen coffee table in a fully gilded bases with white top and glass inlay to open up the room and so that the designs and colours of the rug can be fully appreciated in the interior. Matching Louis sixteen side tables in antique white with light touches of gilding are used beside the modern design of the sofa.

The armchair is a Louis fifteen bergere painted in antique white with gold trim and upholstered in light soft linen. The armchair with its beautiful curves and shield back balances out the straight lines of the Louis sixteen style beautifully. This interior is the perfect example of how Louis fourteen, fifteen and sixteen styles can be mixed together with modern furniture to create a truly sophisticated and unique interior.

Louis XV Bergere

The rug has been chosen to add a classical traditional richness featuring golden, teal and rich brown tones to add depth to the interior and compliment the timber flooring. The tv unit and bookcase have been custom made in the Louis sixteen style to balance out the rectangular nature of the tv and add height to the room. It has been finished in a light antique white with soft patina and soft gilded trim.

Custom Louis XVI Style TV Unit

A small breakfast table has also been used for more casual dining options. Two Louis sixteen oval back dining carvers have been selected in a plain white for freshness and no gold has been used here to create variety. The fabric is still in a light blue to tie in with the theme of the interior design, but here a lighter shade of blue with different patterns to create variety has been used. This corner is topped off with a antique print of Venice in gold frame for richness.

Louis XVI Breakfast Table

Jean-Christophe Burckhardt

Jean-Christophe Burckhardt

An expert on interior design, craftsmanship and fine arts, Jean-Christophe has trained extensively in Italy, France and Switzerland. Since moving to Australia, he has supplied many of the country’s grand homes and collected a number of awards for his furniture designs.