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Elegance

The Design Personality of Elegance suits those whose style takes inspiration from traditional European design, which can be characterized as classical and timeless.  It is dignified and restrained, and it projects stability, wealth, culture, and good taste.  Everything in an elegant home is respectable and in its proper place.

Elegance can be achieved by hinting at the past—a grand vestibule, steps that take us from the entry into the living space, fine wooden furniture, brocade or silk upholstery, and patterns that suggest nobility. From floor to ceiling, the look is complete, finishes are precise, and everything is exactly where it should be.

White velvet capitonnage sofa on Chinese silk carpet of light gray and white next to a dark brown wooden table with a white flower vase.
Architect Josef Fridman Photographer Manuel Zublena

Space

An elegant space may have classical characteristics taken from past traditions, or it might bear a more modern form. What is common to both approaches is that they maintain a balance and create an ordered space that radiates dignity, conservatism, and respectability.

You may also create Elegance in a space by incorporating elongated elements in your walls, windows, or doors.

A corridor divided into sections by wooden door frames with a light oak floor and cornices framing the ceiling. A gilded mirror hangs on the wall with 3 antique bronze candlesticks beside it.
Architect Josef Fridman

Style

Emphasizing height and length is a great way to set a foundation of Elegance, and each item we choose ought to be weighed according to its grandeur and luxury. A good example is a long mirror at the entrance of a bedroom with a heavy wooden, metallic, or golden frame.

Carefully select furniture to suit the proportions and desired style of each room. If the space has elongated doors and windows and wall or ceiling moldings, then high-quality, modern furniture will add a contemporary design to your elegant backdrop. Bronze figures and vases can also be added to complete the look.

A modern black dining area with a black chandelier hanging over it in the center of a large room with wide openings, a wooden floor, and an arched niche with a statue.
Photo by yann maignan

Color

Gold, silver, light blue, crimson, deep purple, olive green, black, grey, and white can be used in combination to create a noble atmosphere.

Material

Materials that are rich and glossy in texture convey elegance and luxury. Lustrous metals, from gold and silver to brass and aluminium, can be incorporated in hardware and accessories. Leather can be used in upholstery, wall covering, or even floor carpeting to add sophistication and prestige. Materials such as marble, wood, and glass are also recommended. Mirrors, mosaics, gems, and rare mineral crystals are more excellent ways to dress your space and accessorize. 

Crystal bottles stand next to small green glass bottles with golden caps - all on a black wooden tray.
Architect Josef Fridman Photographer Manuel Zublena

When it comes to fabric, we already mentioned silk, brocade, and velvet with rich colors and patterns. For curtains, use a generous amount of material to create pleats and folds that add volume. For wall paneling use marble, stone, bricks, glass, wood, or wallpaper. Shiny, oily wall paint will radiate richness and elegance as well.

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