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Rock that baroque:
extravagant interiors for your dinner party
Evoking modern baroque means injecting just the right amount of colour, embellishment and decoration without completely overdoing it. It’s a delicate balancing act: here’s our guide.
Originating around 1600 in Rome, baroque was an artistic style that celebrated drama, exuberance and grandeur in the arts, literature, fashion and entertainment.
Today’s take on the movement may be a stripped back version but it’s still heavy on the extravagant. Build your look around a dramatic dining table centrepiece.
We love: The Michael Aram Ocean Coral serving bowl (£240) can be filled (and refilled) with seafood and salads – or you can gather seasonal flowers to make a trailing, indulgent display. Leave out the whites and creams and give rich reds, purples and golds a moment in the limelight.
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A dinner party without candles? Unheard of. With a baroque theme, the best way is to play down any external lighting and layer up the candlelight. Scrap the uniformity here though – just give the collections a unifying colour. All shapes and sizes will add some drama to the setting.
We love: These Abigail Ahern seahorse candle holders (£18.50 each) are conversation pieces and the subtle burnished gold finish spreads that candlelit glow.
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Dinnerware comes into its own with a baroque theme, just remember that pattern and embellishment are your friends. While it can be difficult to be brave with bold patterns if you are used to clean lines and a white palette, your courage will pay off.
We love: The Wedgwood Renaissance Gold plate (£33), with its Florentine design accents, is just the right side of indulgent for a dramatic dinner party.
For glassware with character, consider reclaimed pieces as an alternative to crystal. Sturdy and nostalgic, they’re an interesting option.
We love: These Victorian pressed glass rummers (£22 each) from Alex Macarthur Interiors will lend an old-fashioned layer of charm to your dramatic setting.
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