Whether you are fan of the ornate Louis XIV or love the simple refined lines of Louis XVI, French accent furniture remains as much in style today as in the reign of the “furniture kings”- Louis XIV, XV and XVI. Somehow these accent pieces fall right into place with our contemporary furnishings of today. In fact, the personality of the Louis pieces makes your room an exciting place to be.
The beauty of the Louis XV Salon Chair with its curves and hand carved florals softens the look of a modern room, inviting someone to come in, sit down and enjoy! What makes it work? We think it is the ability to take a centuries-old design and update it with modern finishes and fabric. We just love mixing period furniture with transitional fabrics giving an eclectic look to the space.
Another fabulous place for a bit of Louis influence is in the bedroom. The French flair creates a bed chamber fit for royalty. The elegance of the Louis XVI bed is shown in the fine detail of the tightly woven cane to the delicately turned legs and carved florettes on the corner posts. And yet, the bed while elegant, can be combined with up to the minute side tables and stylish new bed linens that together give a fresh, new look to old world charm.
What we are trying to convey is the fact that adding Louis inspired accent furniture mingled with your newer less curvy pieces brings out the best in the room. It provides that needed and unexpected element that makes your room unique, stylish and personally your own.
Louis furniture has been around for well over 200 years and still maintains that fresh and much-needed “punch” that a room so often lacks. It seems to blend effortlessly with most styles without overpowering. So if your room needs something extra and you can’t put your finger on it, try adding a piece of Louis Furniture – a coffee table with fluted legs, a sideboard in the restrained style of Louis XVI or a beautifully detailed side chair upholstered in a contemporary fabric.
Ballard’s successful design philosophy comes from an eclectic mixture of European influenced pieces (many of which are inspired by Louis XIV, XV and XVI) mixed with current contemporary pieces that reflect today’s modern, relaxed lifestyle.
So don’t be afraid to add a bit of Louis to your life!