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What is Neoclassical Interior Design?

The prefix neo- means "new" and classical 

refers to ancient Greece and Rome. 

- ThoughtCo 

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Elegant, luxurious and timeless, neoclassical design is all about melding tradition with modern, contemporary pieces for an interior that will seriously impress, says Vogue Australia

A guide to decorating in a neoclassical interior style | Vogue Australia

A guide to decorating in a neoclassical interior style; source: Vogue Australia, Photographer: Joakim Blockstroom 

To decorate in a neoclassic style, Vogue editor Francesca Wallace recommends:

1. Stick with a colour scheme: Neoclassicism is all about muted colours.
2. Accessorise: Neoclassicism is all about refined luxury—with some seriously over-the-top finishing touches. 
3. Pair like with like: When decorating in a neoclassical style, make sure to stay within the theme, but ensure there’s a point of difference with every piece. 


Michael S. Smith Puts a Neoclassical Spin on a Globetrotting Couple’s Manhattan Apartment | Architectural Digest.jpg 

Michael S. Smith Puts a Neoclassical Spin on a Globetrotting Couple’s Manhattan Apartment; source: Architectural Digest 

Neoclassic refers to a variety of influences including Classical Revival, Greek Revival, Palladian, and Federal. Neoclassic design is inspired by the neoclassical movement in architectural style that began in the early- and mid-18th century. Neoclassical style pays homage to classical antiquity, the Vitruvian principles, and Italian architect Andrea Palladio:

The Roman architect Vitruvius wrote in his treatise on architecture, De Architectura, that there are three principles of good architecture:

    • Firmatis (Durability) – It should stand up robustly and remain in good condition.
    • Utilitas (Utility) – It should be useful and function well for the people using it.
    • Venustatis (Beauty) – It should delight people and raise their spirits. 

Over 500 years ago Italian architect Andrea Palladio developed a recognizable and popular style called "Palladianism". Inspired by ancient Roman architecture, Palladianism is known for symmetry, columns and rounded windows.


Pair of Vintage Hand-painted Neoclassical Grecian Canvas Screens

Hand-painted Neoclassical Grecian Canvas Screens - Pair

Pair of hand-painted canvas screens features a Neoclassical Grecian design. The two large screens are wall-sized antiqued with Grecian iconography. The soft color palette is rose, sage, light blue, gray, and gold.

Each screen measures 76" H x 33" W. 


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  • Posted by Anna Pavlova on

    Neo-classical style – the timeless style of the interior. The article is very interesting. Perfect for those who want to decorate their home in this beautiful style. http://allinteriorideas.com/

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