You may not have the money to duplicate the look of the palace of Versailles in France, but you sure can get a lot of great ideas from the elaborate elegance of the residence of the Kings of France from 1682 until 1790. Versailles was at one time a country village, but today like any older city, it is now a suburb of Paris. Originally it was a royal hunting lodge, but over the decades of expansion, it has become one of the largest palaces in the world.
This painting took place before Louis XIV began enlarging the château, Picture Credit Wikipedia
The view of the château de Versailles as seen from the Place d’Armes, 1722”, ca. 1722, by Pierre-Denis Martin. This painting was after the end of Louis XIV’s fourth building campaign. Picture Credit Wikipedia
The palace incorporates some of the most beautiful colors. Combining the peaches, apricots, and light blues and grays are typical french colors. Many of these colors can be used in your own home decor and interior designs.
Some of the most noteworthy persons involved in the design process are architect Louis Le Vau, landscape architect André Le Nôtre, and painter-decorator Charles Le Brun, all accomplished men in the arena of design.
The French Gardens of Versailles
Painter Charles Le Brun was the originator of Louis XIV Style, and primarily worked for King Louis XIV. It was the king who called him "the greatest French artist of all time". Charles Le Brun was in charge and directed all that was done in the royal palaces. Some of his drawings can be found at the Louvre today.
Painter Charles Le Brun, whose portrait was painted by Nicolas de Largilliere. In this painting you can get an idea of some of the interiors, and what was featured in rooms. The staged bust, and draped fabrics can give any french lover at heart an over all sense of accessories that can be incorporated into a french room. Brun added draped velvet and gold cloth and outstanding marble walls and thick Persian carpets. He added crystal chandeliers and rich tapestries and beautiful rococo gold clocks among his own paintings to Versailles's beautiful interiors.
André Le Nôtre was a French landscape architect and the principal gardener of King Louis XIV of France. He was later put in charge of all the royal gardens of France, and also became appointed Controller-General of the Royal Buildings. Louis Le Vau also worked closely in the design of the château of Vaux Le Vicomte, and Versailles.
Some of the most beautiful pictures of the Versailles's gardens can be found on Ania Vincy's Flicker
The most costly element to the design of Versailles was the furnishings. Louis XIV insisted on silver furniture, which was an incredible cost for Versailles. The silver balustrade contained in excess of one ton of silver. In 1689, the cost of the War of the League of Ugsburg was incredibly high that all the silver furniture was to be melted in order to pay for the costs of the war. Even though the cost of the furnishings were high, the labor came cheap. During slow periods, the army was used in labour and construction. Versailles became the show piece of Frances wealth and what it could accomplish as a nation. Today it is one of Frances most toured venues.
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Marie Antoinette's Private Apartments Versailles
Versailles Outstanding Silk Settee
Marie-Antoinette Room , 1787
Another Marie-Antoinette's Bedroom