What better means to make your home stick out from the rest, other than furnishing it with antiques. Only by going back a century, Victorian and Edwardian antique articles can give your home an exquisite and noble look besides imparting an unrivalled, old era feeling, which can't ever be resurrected in modern-day boxed apartments.

But purchasing antique pieces is not as uncomplicated as purchasing other items for your home. The first rule of purchasing antique articles is that they should be thoroughly examined under brilliant light to check out that they are undamaged and durable. Secondly, if possible pieces should be carried outdoors and checked under natural light to make sure that they are genuinely antique and not counterfeit. Do not get annoyed if the furniture vendor gives you some dirty looks for discovering the truth before purchasing. It is absolutely essential that you get unquestionable articles without tattered patched up work offered in the place of refined restoration.

One of the leading art forms to have influenced antique furniture was the seventeenth century art form known as Baroque. Characterized by intricately bold decorative patterns, intricate panels and columns, this art form was popularized in the seventeenth Century due to its catholic roots, under the rule of King Louis XIV of France.

After some time, the robust Baroque yielded to a subtle understated Rococo expressive style of furnishing, but under the reign of Louis XIV all main architectural constructions, like The Louvre and The Palace at Versailles were adorned with the conspicuous Baroque form. Symbolizing military strength and rampant power, Baroque stood for all that was spectacular and opulent as pictured by its grandiose and wide-ranging expressive style.

Many of the most usual furniture pieces on which the Baroque patterns flourished were intricate looking-glasses on which were inscribed ornate, intricate designs and floral motifs, the vast beds with draped and plush spreads and large cabinets. As Baroque style furniture has this very prominent expressive style with luxuriant motifs, it necessitates good deal of space and the adequate setting to stop it from seeming over-ornate and jumbled.
This is particularly so, because unlike Renaissance art's subtle coloring and its beautifully eye-catching designs, which intermix along with most surroundings, Baroque with its drastic usance of luminosity and shadow and its vortexes of grandiose movements does demand the satisfactory variety of background to display it.

Thus if you think that you want a dramatic and imperial look for your home try the Baroque look for a real difference. But remember to furnish carefully, to prevent your home from looking like an over-cluttered museum. So in the future, when you refurbish and re-decorate your home, try doing matters a little differently and and rather more strongly with Baroque.

Author's Bio: 

Juliettes Interiors are one of the top baroque furniture and french furniture supplier based in the UK.