How to create the interior of the entire home or a separate room in the Arabic style?
Remember the tale from the book "A Thousand and One Nights"? The illustrations to them depicted the luxurious interior of oriental palaces. To bring fabulous motifs into the interior of a house or apartment will help the Arabic style. Refined and rich, Arabian style in the interior is the eastern direction of the art of interior decoration. The room in this style is filled with peace, tranquility, harmony of the Arabian night. It is an ideal place to relax after a long working day.
The basis of the Arabian style in the interior are three rules:
- observance of the traditions of Islam;
- following age-old traditions;
- use of man-made objects of decor and interior.
The main thing in the Arabic style is not a luxurious design, but the ability of the designer to create the appearance of wealth. In ancient times, artists were able to decorate a home in such a way that the impression of the wealth of the owner of the house really exceeded its true size.
Choosing the Arabic style in the interior, you need to focus on the traditions of Islam and the traditions of the ancestors.
The Koran forbids to depict all living things, so the interior in the Arabic style has no sculpture and painting. But there are many patterns of varying complexity. These are drawings of geometric shapes entwined with fantastic vegetation, and many small, clearly traced elements.
The arabesques are used as finishing items, consisting of the words of the Quran, intertwined in an original pattern with a floral ornament.
Tip: choose pictures in the oriental style, executed on a background of saturated color (red, green, blue, emerald, crimson).
The appropriate pattern adorns the walls, ceilings, columns, furniture. Carpets and pillows should harmonize with them. The interior in the Arabic style does not tolerate plain empty seats.
The interior can reflect the nomadic way of life of the Arab tribes (improvised tent, a lot of carpets covering not only the floor and walls, but also sofas, a large number of pillows of various sizes and shapes).
Arabic style furniture
The usual Arabic-style furniture is missing. Instead of chairs, pillows are used, randomly scattered across the floor. In the living room, decorated in oriental style, install extremely comfortable upholstered furniture. Armchairs, sofas, ottomans must be covered with variegated satin bedspreads and even carpets.
Tables in the oriental interior may be present, but they must be of a special irregular shape, low, necessarily made of natural wood and decorated with various inlays. These tables are reminiscent of a large separation. The role of the chairs in the Arabian interior is performed again by pillows.
In the bedroom, special attention must be paid to the bed. It is set in the middle of the room, covered with a luxurious satin bedspread. Over it equip transparent canopy. Many different pillows - the necessary surroundings of the eastern bedroom. The use of traditional cabinets and racks is not allowed. If you need cabinets, then they should be openwork, light.
Most often for storage in the room in the Arabic style use niches decorated with wooden carved doors.
Photo: pillows used instead of chairs
Photo: a lot of pillows - the necessary entourage eastern bedroom
Photo: bed decoration with canopies
Textiles in the eastern interior
Carpets - an essential element of oriental style. Fluffy and bright, they decorate the walls and floor, they are covered with sofas, chairs, ottomans.
The windows are decorated with heavy bright curtains with oriental ornaments. The fabric on the curtains do not regret it, it should be gathered in folds, at the bottom it is tied with a cord, thus forming a pointed arch. The upper part of the window can be decorated with lambrequin.
The use of man-made products in the eastern interior
Arabian interior is filled with handmade goods. First of all, these are carpets. The cost of one man-made carpet, especially silk, can be several tens of thousands of dollars. These are true works of art.
Not everyone can afford to buy a real carpet, so buy a product cheaper, as long as it does not look too modern and is not so synthetic that it would immediately catch your eye.
Wooden oriental mosaic made of pieces of wood of regular geometric shape and assembled in the form of various patterns decorate niches, cabinets, shelves, columns, walls.
The base under the mosaic is painted in traditional Arabic colors, and the ornament itself is covered with mother-of-pearl.
Inlays are applied to all pieces of furniture, any surfaces in the room. It is made of gold, bronze, ivory. The grooves are usually filled with blue paint.
Lighting in the Arab interior
The eastern interior loves a large number of differently shaped lamps. They are set in such a way as to beat the combination of light and shadow, emphasizing all the elements of the interior and the play of colors.
The lighting is made soft, yellowish, muffled. Therefore, most often in the oriental interior use floor lamps or lamps with lampshades. If the living room has high ceilings, then you can install a wrought-iron chandelier. On the walls hang small sconces.
Hang up a bunch of lamps whose openwork ceiling lamps are embossed in bronze, this will also bring a touch of Orient to the interior, the missing color will add light from the lit candles.
Photo: Forged chandelier in the living room interior
Window and door trim
Arabic style narrow lancet shaped windows. In a modern house, you can make a figure niche in front of a window or curtain it with a curtain, creating an imitation of the entrance to the tent.
There are no doors in the Arabian interior, so the doorway is hung with a carpet or curtains of heavy fabric.
Tip: replace the standard door with a carved wooden door, and your room will immediately sparkle with oriental colors.
Decorate the eastern interior with appropriate accessories: hookah, wrought bird cages, bronze jugs with high neck, vases, dishes. Jugs and vases should be painted with oriental patterns.
Photo: curly niche in front of windows curtains of lightweight fabrics
Tip: to create an oriental interior in a modern apartment, do not alter the whole apartment, use only certain components of the Arabic style.
But mixing styles is unacceptable. The subject, getting out of the general idea of the designer, will bring to nothing all efforts. The whole room should be decorated in an ornamental style (ceiling, walls, floor, furniture, accessories). You can not use photographs and paintings depicting people, modern furniture.
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