“Classics of the genre”: interior items in a classic style
If you look at classicism in the broad sense of the word, associations immediately appear, united by one word – “masterpiece”. The concept of “classic” (from the Latin classicus) implies “sample”, “ideal”, “standard”. These are the universal values of culture and art created by man ever, having survived centuries and continuing to cause admiration. The classic is not influenced by the fleeting fashion, it is truly eternal.
Evolution of classics
Classicism, as a style in interior design, originated in antiquity, when a developed cult of beauty and harmony existed in developed European countries. Subsequently, he formed the basis for luxurious interiors of the Renaissance and later periods. And whatever directions in design did not appear along with classicism, he, absorbing the best of them, always reigned over any trends in this field of human creativity.
In Russia, the style was established when Peter I came to power, when the country was literally seized with a passion for borrowing various European cultural traditions. As for the design of the premises, the Russian classical style embodied in something special, reflecting the national color and mentality. The interiors of the noble estates and palaces of the highest nobility shone with truly Russian chic, but they were not as cloying and fancy as the French or as deliberately strict as the English.
Luxury and nobility
There are several indestructible principles that underlie the classical style in the interior.
Strictly verified geometry of the premises with a clearly defined center and general symmetry.
As elements that complement the architecture of the room, niches, columns, arches and fireplaces are often used. The ceiling can be decorated with stucco.
The predominance of calm pastel colors in the decoration of the ceiling and walls. Mono-colored paints, wallpaper or wall decorative panels are most often used, but coatings with an inconspicuous floristic or heraldic pattern are permissible.
The floor is laid parquet or plank of noble wood. Great combination – dark floor and light walls.
Furniture exclusively from natural wood, the best antique or stylized for her. The wooden parts of the soft armchairs and sofas contrast in color with the uniform upholstery of expensive, luxurious materials. It is not necessary to use a very dark wood, chocolate and beige tones are ideal, white furniture is not excluded in the classic interior. A good addition to the furniture – decorative pillows in tone, with small tassels or fringe.
The arrangement of furniture is strictly symmetrical. As a rule, the whole composition is built around the main central element. In the living room it can be a carpet opposite the fireplace, in the dining room a massive table, in the bedroom a bed.
The use of carved decor in the interior, gilding, draping windows with curtains with lambrequins and light air curtains “to the floor”. Portieres are collected and fixed by graceful pickups.
Carpets on the floor, paintings or panels on the walls, chandeliers and sconces, antique vases, figurines, candlesticks are more than relevant accessories for rooms in the classicism style. Elegant mirrors are also welcome.
Great importance is given to lighting. Luxurious bronze chandelier with crystal pendants is ideal. Sconce – strictly paired, repeating style chandeliers. No LED strips and modern fixtures.
The number of unconditional prohibitions also includes any too bright, unnatural colors and openly standing household appliances. As a rule, TVs, air conditioners and other modern means of comfort are hidden in furniture or carefully styled as room decor.
Space for options
Not surprisingly, according to statistics, about half of all owners of houses and apartments, thinking about the design concept of their homes, make a choice in favor of this style. And although true classicism involves significant financial costs for its implementation, there are many ways to achieve the effect of a refined interior without excessive investment of funds. Today, in specialized stores you can find suitable finishing materials at affordable prices, artificial fabrics that look almost indistinguishable from velvet and silks, electric or biofireplaces that exactly mimic real ones, etc. Yes, and the classic interior itself can be made more restrained, democratic and still attractive and comfortable.