The return of the political control of England to the crown under Charles was a signal for a change in the decorative arts and culture. Once more royalty had come into its own. Charles had plans to emulate the glory of Louis XIV and introduce the formalism and gaiety of the French court back into the veins of England.
The influence of France was seen not only in the culture, art, and social life, but also reflected in interior architecture, interior design, and furnishings. The low rambling type of room, so noticeable under the earlier periods, completely disappeared giving way to formal, square types and plans without bay windows.
Small Gothic wall paneling was superseded by panels of large size, symmetrically arranged amongst gable pediment (http://www.ferche.com). Ceilings were designed to fit specific rooms by the use of square or circular frames enriched by means of color or paintings. We also find parquet flooring and a great increase in the use of Oriental rugs.
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