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The eighteenth century saw the rise of interior decoration in England. With increased fortunes that resulting from their sojourns abroad, the native English people started developing a taste for the finer things in life. Continental trade also resulted in an influx of domestic decoration materials that were used to enhance the appearance and layout of most homes.

The increased fortunes from continental trade meant that the people had a lot more disposable income. This led to an increase in the demand for posh homes and household items. The wealthier members of society wanted houses that matched their new found wealth. They wanted interiors that were sophisticated and elegant. Interiors that were unique with some demanding ambitious designs. Architects and interior craftsmen sought inspiration from abroad on how to develop the best interior designs.

The different influences.

Italy was at the fore front of interior designs and mannerism. The Italian Renaissance principles of interior décor spread far and wide beyond the boundaries of Italy. The principles were adopted across the continent except in England. This is because England had cut ties with Italy and resisted influences of any manner from the country. The Italian influence, however, still found its way into English homes through books and other objects. Architects would study on Italian culture in books and novels and tried to implement those designs in their work. There was influence from the Dutch as well, with foreign traders from the Netherlands bringing with them their culture and design ideas every time they entered the country. A classic example of the influence of foreign cultures in the design of homes in England is the house of William Crowe.

William Crowe was an influential merchant who grew rich as result of trade with other countries. He was a member of the influential Company of Spanish Merchants that regulated trade in the continent. His house was built with Italian and Dutch influences. The house’s paneling was made of oak, something was alien at that time. It also incorporated features such as pilasters and arches within the geometric framework. This gave the house a dark look and feel but the plaster ceiling brightened the place up. The room was also lined with rich fabrics that gave the home a cozy feel.

The war with France.

England and France were at for about 8 years and in the 18th century and this temporarily halted the flow of cultural influence across Europe. When the war ended in 1763 and friendly associations across Europe restored, the flow of influence resumed as well. This is evident in the interior design of the Croome Court. The court was built by prominent English architects Robert Adam and William Ince. They designed the moldings and ceilings using local materials and influences. The upholstery fabrics were, however, made in France in French designs and influences.

The manifestation of 18th-century interiors on present day designs.

18th-century designs have had a big influence on how homes are designed at present. 18th-century architecture borrowed heavily from various cultures and this is what makes has made it stand the taste of time. This cultural diversity brings different cultural influences into our homes and in a way promotes globalization and world appeal. The designs serve as topical areas of studies with designers looking to understand the influence of decorative art in the years gone by. Interiors had a bearing on class, social standing and wealth way back in the 18th century and modern day designers are looking to understand all these so as to be able to cater to their client’s unique needs. The rich value uniqueness and when it comes to the homes they expect nothing less. Uniqueness make them the center of attention, something that the rich seem to value. History is unique and by studying history in detail, designers are able to come up with something that is unique and special to their demanding clients.

The 18th-century decorative ideas relied heavily on the use of rich fabrics to give a home a cozy feel. Modern interior designers are now incorporating this idea into most homes in an effort to make them grand and spectacular.