Interior design not only reflects fashion trends, but also tells a story of personal style and taste. Classic interiors are characterised by elegance and sophistication. This style had its golden age in Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries, but its influence lives on today. Contemporary classical style combines different interpretations of classical style inspired by different historical periods. Classical style adapts to changes in lifestyle and technology, while retaining the aesthetics and sophistication of classical design.

One of the most important features of a classic interior is harmony. Creating balanced, proportionate and symmetrical spaces is central to classical interiors. Furniture is usually made of high-quality natural materials and decorated with exquisite carvings, added details, inlay and gold.

The colour palette in classic interiors is subtle and restrained. Warm colours such as cream, off-white, pale pink, grey and gold dominate. Classical chandeliers, fireplaces and other interior fittings not only fulfil their function, but also have a distinctive design.

Classical interiors focus on textiles – chiffon, brocade, taffeta, silk – and use a wide range of textile elements from curtains to cushions. Fine decorative stripes, beaded trims and elegant patterns only add to the uniqueness of the style.

The classical style is particularly distinguished from other styles by the use of wall and ceiling decorations, plaster mouldings, ornaments, frescoes, ornate mirrors and works of art in expressive frames. Classical interiors are also often decorated with antiques, giving the room historical value and luxury.

The classical interior style has specific design features in different European countries. In England, the Georgian style is popular and was dominant in the mid-18th century. It is characterised by elegant and subtle lines, decorative elements, symmetry and high ceilings. English classical interiors have a library atmosphere due to the rich wood panelling; antique furniture, wall paintings and textiles are popular.

In France, classical interiors are most often associated with the style of King Louis XVI, which became popular in the late 18th century. This style is characterised by elegant lines, fine decoration, light colours and rich decor. The main elements of French classical design include rich wall and ceiling ornamentation, huge chandeliers, high ceilings and silk fabrics.

Italian classical interiors are in many cases closely related to the Baroque and Renaissance styles. High ceilings decorated with frescoes, mouldings, ornaments and mirrors. High-quality materials used in the interiors: marble, gilded surfaces, rich but subtle ornamentation.

Each country also has regional differences. For example, southern Italy may have Sicilian and Tuscan elements, while northern Italy has Venetian characteristics. The difference may not only be in the design of the furniture and decorative elements, but also in the colour palette, the atmosphere itself and the overall sense of style.

The classic interior style of a home is created by a combination of elements, including furniture design, ceiling and wall décor, colour scheme and lighting solutions.

Contemporary classical style has developed as a modern interpretation of classical elements and their combination with contemporary solutions such as modern furniture and technological innovations. Classical design is not seen as a copy of the past, but as a source of inspiration that can be applied to the present. Globalisation makes it possible to learn about design traditions from different cultures. Classical elements from different regions and periods are brought together and adapted to the contemporary environment.

Technological advances allow the use of new, modern materials and furniture production methods, while maintaining traditional levels of quality and refinement. Modern lighting systems, home automation and other technologies are integrated into classic interiors. The increasing concern for the environment is also influencing interior design. Many contemporary classical projects take sustainability principles into account, choosing eco-friendly materials and giving a second life to old objects.

All of these factors make contemporary classical interior design not only a reflection of the past, but also a living, evolving creative expression adapted to contemporary needs.

Create a classic interior style in your home.

Choose warm and calm colours and shades – cream, warm white, pale pink, grey. You can use colour contrasts, but they should be subtle and not overwhelm the space.

Classical interiors are characterised by high-quality furniture made of hardwood, painted or lacquered, decorated with carvings and gilt details. Symmetry and balance are important in the arrangement and composition of furniture, reflecting the classical laws of composition.

Use luxury fabrics, woven tapestries, textiles in traditional classical patterns. Curtains, carpets and cushions can be embellished with elegant trim stripes or subtle patterns.

Classical interiors are characterised by ceiling cornices and rosettes, wall mouldings and borders, which can be painted in a different colour or pasted with patterned wallpaper. Add ornate frames, vérodes and paintings to the walls. A few antiques or artworks will add a touch of solidity and sparkle to the space.

Classical style is based on symmetry and proportion, so it is necessary to maintain a balance between all the elements of the space.

Article and photos by interior designer Dovilė Švilpienė