In news that surprises no one, the The New York Times reports that Donald Trump prefers his decor akin to the palace of Louis XIV — gaudy, glistening and gilded. And according to the newspaper, if First Lady Melania Trump had her way, the White House would’ve looked very different from what it looks like today.
“Mrs. Trump, a former fashion model who prefers clean, modern lines, had chosen some furniture for the White House residence in the months before she joined her husband in Washington. Yet in her absence, President Trump — whose tastes veer toward the gilded, triumphal style of Louis XIV — replaced her choices with several pieces he liked better.” We can only imagine what kind of conversation the two might’ve had with the decorators.
As for Trump’s love of gold, it also extends into the decor of the Oval Office. Trump outfitted the room with yellow-gold curtains, in contrast to Barack Obama‘s red. To be fair to Trump, the president did reuse the curtains from another president. Can you guess who else had a taste for the colour? None other than Bill Clinton.
Also revealed in the article? Melania and Donald sleep in separate suites not only when they travel, but in the White House too. Though that may seem unusual for married couples, rest assured that Melania doesn’t live with her parents Viktor and Amalija Knavs in Maryland (near son Barron’s school) — at least that’s what her aides say, anyway.