What is European Classicism?

Our founder, Cherie Arscott, has been creating designs in the European Classical style for over 20 years. But what exactly does European Classicism look like? And how does it blend with modern design and our clients’ tastes? Here’s everything you need to know about European Classicism, architecture, and interior design.

The history of European Classicism

European Classicism is also sometimes called Neoclassicism. It started in the 18th century, when European aristocrats started to rediscover the worlds of ancient Greece and Rome. They took inspiration from classic, antique architecture and sculpture.


The Neoclassicists were tired of the kitschy, frilly Rococo style. So they returned to the clean lines, white marble, and symmetry of ancient design. Many public buildings and private residences in Europe were built in this style from the eighteenth century onwards – such as the famous British Museum in London, or Marie Antoinette’s cottage at Versailles.

European Classicism and modern design

European Classicism has continued to develop over the years. It’s still a timeless architectural style which looks elegant anywhere. And it has become an important element in modern American design.

Cherie Arscott is often inspired by Neoclassicism in her design projects and home renovations. She combines classical elegance with practical designs, creating beautiful homes which are designed to live in. She also brings her love of nature to interior design. This adds a note of life and color to the symmetrical, linear forms of European Classicism.

Want to learn more? Contact Cherie to talk about your design plans!

Images of Petit Trianon taken from Wikimedia Commons.