Dinner parties mean entertaining in style and there is nothing that signals a luxury dining room more than baroque style decor. While few homeowners really go with a full-on baroque design, incorporating baroque and rococo elements and details into a dining room will convey a feeling of opulence and luxury.
Golden details, ornate embellishments furnishings with sinuously curved legs and line, as well as furniture upholstered silks are all hallmarks of these design styles. While Baroque and rococo styles are often confused, Baroque was the origin of this era and the lighter, more graceful Rococo style came at the end of the Baroque period.
In either case, rooms decorated in either of these styles will definitely make an impression. Here are 10 luxury dining rooms that are sure to inspire you on how to include baroque dining elements in your space.
This traditional dining room features a spectacular crystal chandelier, but all the furnishings are also adorned with details that are characteristic of baroque style. Scrolls and foliage are used as ornamentation on the backs of the chairs, table edges and feet, as well as on the sideboard and buffet. The shapes of the dining chairs are reminiscent of baroque style, with the slightly curved front legs and flamboyant detailing at the head of the chair. In addition, the elegant silk upholstery is of the style used in the Rococo period.
Similarly, this baroque dining room is flush with period elements. The walls of this luxury dining room are done with decorative wall panels, which were typically part of most Baroque interiors. The raised gilded design has characteristic scrolls and flourishes. The dining chairs very ornate, as was furniture from this. The lavish look of these dining chairs comes not just from the tufted upholstery but also from the gilt-wood chair frames. Combined with intricate accessories, it is the quintessential Baroque dining room.
Another hallmark of Baroque era interiors was marquetry of the type that is featured on this stunning round dining table. This era fueled the rise of great furniture designers and cabinet-makers, who were leading artists in the field of inlaying ebony wood with tortoise shell, brass and other metals. You don’t need many pieces of marquetry to make a statement and here, the table tales center stage under the opulent, but slightly modern crystal chandelier. The characteristics of the period are carried through the room with the unadorned wall panels, embellished buffet and damask upholstered chairs.
Marquetry does not have to be ornate to convey a sense of Baroque style. A beautiful wooden table that features one wide strip of inlay and lets the grain of the wood be the star also works in a baroque dining room. This luxury dining set pairs such a table with brocade upholstered dining chairs that feature rococo curved legs with the typical embellished feet. The lighting fixture chosen for the dining room can help bump up the level of baroque style, or play it down.
Those who prefer a modest amount of embellishment and generally unadorned walls can still incorporate Baroque or rococo elements in a luxury dining room. This room is dominated by the light color palette, featuring neutral gray walls and pale wood furniture. A marquetry dining table is the focal point, enhanced with Baroque detailing. The legs of the table feature a classic Baroque motif called the lambrequin, which is a swag of cloth accompanied by tassels. The accompanying dining chairs have a more angular shape, which is not typically Baroque or rococo, but they are embellished with carvings on the legs, a modest scroll shape forming the top of the chair back, and fabric tassels at the legs.
The china cabinet is opulent but not overly adorned, with modest detailing at the top, and swag-shaped drawer pulls. Light and airy sheer draperies are voluminous but not overwhelming. Finally, the chandelier adds a touch of rococo to the space with its leafy shapes and abundant glass ornamentation.
Infusing a contemporary luxury dining room with Baroque and rococo features creates a very different look with sumptuous feel. This space adeptly mixes the two styles. The inlaid table has a black base, whose shaped legs and modestly scrolled lower edge have painted highlights. The look is modern with a nod to Baroque style gilding, here done in silver. The tall-backed dining chairs are upholstered in a modern sage velvet and sport quite backs, rather than the characteristic tufting.
Elsewhere in the space, a painted rococo sideboard is paired with modern wall decor and a fully contemporary china cabinet adjacent to it has the same gilded embellishment but in an angular design. Across the room, the curved console is decidedly contemporary as are the accessories and wall art. Finally, the chandelier adds a striking rococo flourish to the luxury dining room with its leafy, floral style and lovely green color.
Looking closely at some modern luxury dining rooms, it’s possible to identify small Baroque details that highlight the space. Here, the color palette is neutral and features an unadorned tabletop. Instead, one modern strip of inlay encircles the table on the edge. Curvy, tall-backed dining chairs feature an upholstered back with piping and the front is done in a modern velvet that has an animalistic monochrome pattern. A modern china cabinet is totally modern, but the drapes are a lovely silk, the fabric used in Baroque style rooms.
Another example of using just a few Baroque or rococo details to elevate a luxury dining room is this one, which puts the focus on tassels. The large chandelier is the obvious focal point, and while the overall look is not ornate, the dominant feature are the hefty tassels dangling from each individual lamp. A part of the typical lambrequin motif, the tassel was an important element in the Baroque era.
Dining chairs around a minimally embellished table have a curvy back that is deeply tufted on the outside. The fridge around the seat of the chairs is different, but adds the feminine touch that rococo style is known for. The repeat of the fringy feel from the chandelier to the chairs helps tie the look together.
Of course, spare does not always have to mean modern. This luxury dining room includes Baroque elements but runs to the traditional end of the design spectrum. The light wood furniture has curved, legs, most dramatically on the table. Embellished with carving and some gilded detailing, the table has the most ornamentation. The chairs hint at the style of the era and are accented with just a touch of scrollwork at the top. The upholstery is untufted, smooth and contemporary and the china cabinet also sports a minimum of detailing at the topped bottom.
Look closely and it’s possible to identify some Baroque elements in this downright contemporary dining room. As we’ve already pointed out, marquetry and inlay work really came into force during the Baroque era, and here it is used in a very current fashion. The round table — with a lazy Susan — features an inlaid pattern and the sideboard is generally unadorned save for the metallic inlay along the top and bottom.
Interestingly the chandelier features Baroque curving arcs that are made from flat, smoky glass. The traditional leafy motif is rendered modern in the leaf-shaped drops that embellish the bottom and are mixed with feminine beads in a nod to the rococo.
While Baroque dining rooms are usually known for their ample ornamentation, these beautiful luxury dining rooms are great examples of how the elements of the era are very adaptable. Depending on the level of detail desired, it’s certainly possible to incorporate rococo and Baroque features into any style of dining room for an opulent and luxurious space.