What is classic in the interior: basic techniques and important nuances

Despite the fact that classic interiors are quite recognizable, without preparation, it is impossible to understand what they are made of and what connects, for example, “American classics” and Russian salons of the 19th century, also called classics.

Classic interiors are: 

  1. Interiors in the classicism style, which appeared in the 17th century and developed throughout the 18th and 19th centuries; 
  2. Styles that emerged in Europe and America at the same time and until the 30s of the 20th century (from Rococo to Art Deco, including national styles like the French style and American classics); 
  3. A modern interpretation of the classics, the so-called “modern classics”, “neoclassical”.

Let’s look at some elements that are present in many similar interiors and set the tone for the room.


The simplest technique that makes the space strict and stylish, and can be repeated in any room, even with small funds. If you are planning to renovate and rearrange furniture, count the number of items you have (especially chairs and armchairs), draw on paper a diagram of your interior as you see it, and think about how you can make it symmetrical. 

The main ways to create symmetry in a room: 

  • A symmetrical arrangement of identical chairs around the table; 
  • Two identical chairs on the sides of a sofa or wardrobe;
  • Two identical bedside tables with identical lamps on them on the sides of the bed;
  • A symmetrical arrangement of mirrors.

Sometimes chairs can be made identical by changing their seats or putting covers on them. The same goes for chairs. Mirrors of the same shape and size without additional decor can also be used by choosing the same frames for them. 

Classic furniture

It is difficult to confuse classic furniture with modern furniture: it is made of wood and textiles, elegant, has smooth or fancy curves, bent legs, curls, etc. Historical furniture can cost a lot of money, but simple furniture in a classic style can also be sold in hypermarkets, and vintage samples can be found for pennies at flea markets or on the Internet (on forums, websites, in groups on social networks).

In addition to classic furniture such as chairs with curved legs and tables, you will need appropriate cabinet fronts. They can be replaced with MDF facades, and the frames can be left the same – this will allow you to save on the purchase of new furniture. 

In addition to closed, strict, and neat storage systems, the interior can be diversified with small narrow cabinets with glass doors – they will allow you to display your favorite books, vases, framed photographs, and decorations without letting them gather dust. 


This is a neat way to add variety to plain, empty walls without making them cluttered. Moldings organize the space, and make it more formal and visually rich (to put it simply, such walls are not boring to look at, but at the same time you will not get tired of such an interior). They are actively used in high-status interiors, and restaurants, and people like to decorate living rooms and bedrooms with them. 


The ideal option is to use time-tested color combinations. Provence – creamy tones with light blue accents. Empire – rich red and dark brown shades of wood, plus gold. Art Deco – an abundance of gold, crystal, mirrors, creamy shades, and expensive wood. American classics – light shades in a cooler palette, light metals. Neoclassicism – the same pastel shades combined with dark rich accents, for example, dark blue or purple pillows.

In general, it is worth using the so-called “expensive”, noble, complex shades, muted – if it concerns pastel colors, and deep saturated if we are talking about a dark palette.

You cannot use modern bright, fluorescent, acidic colors even in detail. This problem often concerns kitchens: all accessories are made of bright plastic (others, often, cannot be found in ordinary stores), and sponges must be hidden. 


It is the details that make the interior expensive and stylish or can destroy it. Fittings, handles on cabinets, drawers, and doors should match the style of your interior and be in the same design. And they certainly shouldn’t be flaky or made from old, faded plastic.

The interior can be spoiled by assorted photo frames that do not match the style, modern lamps, chandeliers in the style of the 90s, any large equipment, and other too-bright signs of modernity. Your interior, at least when guests arrive, should create the feeling of a fairy tale, of being in a mansion or an old country house. 

Important items that should be hidden

A TV, as a rule, looks out of place in classic interiors. This is especially true for old bulky TVs with visible elements. Thin screens are not so noticeable, but they also try to disguise them. The TV is hidden behind the sliding curtains of the closet, disguised as a picture (some TV models are specially adapted for this) or the color of the surroundings is selected so that they blend in. Also, TVs are often built into mirrors and walls. You can also use projectors instead of TVs. 

Radiators must either match the style, be hidden behind furniture, or be built into the wall. In extreme cases, they can be disguised as a wall by painting them one color. 

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