Ahhh the Château de Chambord, France! So much history and design is behind this incredible building that I believe not many people know exist! First off, what is this building?
The Château de Chambord is one of the most recognizable chateaux in the world because of its very distinctive French Renaissance architecture which blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures. The building, which was never completed, was constructed by King Francis I of France.
The rooms of the early Renaissance chateaux were sparingly furnished. French Renaissance furniture kept some of the Gothic influence and was therefore heavy, characterized by much carving and most extensive ornament.
Here are some of the rooms in this beautiful building!
Okay, so these are just a couple images that are in this beautiful unfinished building! Gorgeous right?!
But what’s up with all the patterns and furniture? Let me give you a little insight on the styles that’s in this Chateuax.
French Renaissance was a culture and artistic movement that happened in France between the 15th and 17th century. Renaissance means “rebirth” and that’s exactly what was going on during this time period with all the new ideas and things happening like humanism for example.
Interior design during this time period was characterized by Gothic influences and was therefore heavy, characterized by much carving and most extensive ornament. Grotesque figures growing out of almost equally grotesque foliage spread over everything, that includes swans, dolphins, sphinxes, chimeras, griffins, and masks.
The exaggerated costume of the time brought about the caquetoire in France and the farthingale in England—a small armless chair yielding some comfort to women. The credenza and an Italian form of double cabinet known as the armoire, embellished with an excess of miniature classical architectural motifs, became typically French pieces.
Here is a general color scheme of the French Renaissance!
Well, there you have it! The Château de Chambord, France is on my bucket list!
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