Rococo is an ornate style of art and architecture that originated in Paris in the early 18th century. The style is characterized by elegance, profuse ornamentation, elaborate curls and scrolls, and pastel colors. It enjoyed great popularity in France during the reign of Louis XV and was exported to other parts of Europe, where it was used in the decoration of palaces, mansions, and public buildings.
In the Rococo style, artists and architects sought to create a sense of lightness and airiness in their work. They used delicate colors and soft curves in their designs, as opposed to the more severe lines and dark colors of the Baroque style that preceded it. Rococo artists also incorporated a lot of whimsy and playfulness into their work, often using elements such as putti (cherub-like figures) and shell-like motifs.
The Rococo style fell out of favor in the late 18th century, replaced by the more sober Neoclassical style. However, it has undergone a revival in recent years and is once again being used in the decoration of homes and public spaces.