Adam style is named for Robert Adam, the most
famous architect of the British eighteenth century,
who revolutionized Neoclassical design and created a
style remarkable for its freshness, fluidity, and
Adam, born in 1728, traveled Europe as a young man,
studying the architecture of Roman antiquity. When
he returned to England, ready to reinterpret
classical principles for a modern audience, he set
up an architecture firm with his brother James.
The Adamsí work became enormously influential in
England and America, where it was known as
style and remained the dominant mode in domestic
architecture from the 1790s to the 1830s.
Taking inspiration from Roman art, Adam challenged
the somewhat rigid pragmatism of the
neo-Palladian design that preceded him. Where
Georgian design was angular, even stolid, Adam style
was graceful and curvilinear. Under Adamís
influence, oval shapes began to appear everywhere,
from drawer pulls to entire oval rooms. And where
Georgian style confined itself to ancient Greek and
Roman designs, Adam was eclectic in his influences,
taking decorative elements from Byzantine, Italian
Baroque, and Etruscan tradition.
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Adam revolution was in the details. Under Adamís
influence, decorative ornament exploded into a
new exuberance. He brought classical
architectural elements indoors, decorating
domestic interiors with swags, garlands, vines,
medallions, scrolls, and ribbons, painted in
delicate or vibrant colors, always balanced with
the overall classical proportions of the space.
Along with abundant classical ornament, an Adam room
will have graceful, delicately proportioned
furniture in the style of Hepplewhite, Chippendale,
or Thomas Sheraton. The furniture is also decorated
with classical motifs: swags, lyres, urns,
medallions, sheaves of wheat.
Adam Style architectural details and
Ceiling medallions, cornices
and moldings. Authentic Period and Historic Home
All crafted in genuine plaster.
For commercial and residential environments.
Color is very important to this style -- think
pastel-hued blues, greens, lilacs, and corals, with
white or cream trim. Textures should be refined and
smooth: gleaming furniture, satiny wood floors
covered with refined area rugs, possibly with
classical motifs. Draperies and upholstery should be
luxurious, in silk, brocade, and damask.
Bella Tuscany Wovens:
Wheat colored florals and vines against a soft
blue fabric create an elegant design. Ideal for home decorator projects this
fabric is 100% cotton and is 54" wide.
6 different color
patterns to choose from!
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