How to create an empire style in the interior?
The Empire style in the interior originates during the reign of Napoleon I. That is why it is characterized by the principles of royal power and steadfastness. This design direction has collected elements of many cultures and generations. His mission was to extol the power and glory of the country, in the origins of the birth, which stood the great commander. The main task of the Empire style is to report to all the importance of the room. With the initial feeling of pompousness and flatulence, it is distinguished by its logic and simplicity.
Photo: Empire style children's room
Empire style components
The indispensable components of this style are columns, all kinds of pilasters and consoles, arches, velvet curtains, magnificent crystal, massive furniture, which does not even tolerate a hint of roundness. This style is more suitable for use in public interiors than in the design of a modern apartment.
Now fans of interior design in the Empire style are trying to express their wealth through it and demonstrate luxury. But to be honest, this style does not have a homely atmosphere. Contemplating all the pomp, dominated by majestic forms, it is impossible to relax and feel at home. An Empire-style room is conspicuous by its luxury and abundance of expensive items.
The decor, together with the monumental forms, distinguishes the Empire style from other areas designated as classicism. The abundance of artsy stucco, frescoes and gilding, images of animals and creatures from myths, indispensable components of this style. But with all the variety of decorating paraphernalia, it can be seen the strictest order. Some balance fluids emanate from the entire pompous atmosphere. It is possible that this effect creates the principle of symmetry, characteristic of the Empire style.
Photo: bedroom zoning by multi-level ceiling
Photo: frescoes in the interior of the dining room
The distinctive features of the Empire style
Currently, the Empire style, recreated in an apartment, is simply a beautiful interior that requires quite large investments. If, all the same, you are not left with the idea of designing your living room in the Empire style, and there is no financial opportunity to buy expensive antique furniture, works of art and other expensive surroundings, then it is quite possible to try to simulate the so-called minimalist Empire style. Having achieved the optimal combination of elements of the entire interior, you can create a sense of respectability and the presence of excellent taste. This can be done by giving the walls of the apartment a relief view. Various false and semi-columns, made with the help of drywall, will make the walls embossed. A typical addition to such structural forms will be characteristic ceiling lamps, made of stucco, photos and thick carpets of wool.
The Empire style includes the presence of bronze crystal chandeliers and multi-track lamps with glass pendants. All of them perfectly reveal the possibilities of crystal.
Photo: crystal chandelier in the living room interior
Tip: When taking up the design of your apartment in this style, do not forget to take into account that modern living areas will not look quite adequate if you copy the style in everything. Here it is important to emphasize the main idea that this interior wants to express - luxury and power.
Preference in decorating the walls of an apartment is given to wallpaper made of fabric, paint bright, usually glossy, tones. The ceiling is made in white or ivory color. The logical conclusion, of course, is the design of the floor. Here the parquet would be the best fit, and not simple, but artistic, which brought together various wood species. If you prefer a parquet of one tone, then the color scheme is best to choose under the furniture. An alternative to the parquet base, can be the floor, made of stone, natural or imitation.
Empire style furniture
Furniture in this style seems to be specifically designed to create an official atmosphere, with the obligatory presence of an intellectual beginning, but it is not very convenient to use. To create such magnificent forms, comfort was clearly sacrificed. The furniture is massive, including in this detail, resembling the entire architectural creation - arches and columns. Having focused on the furniture of such shades as wenge, black or mahogany, you will not regret it. The Empire style is characterized by the presence of narrow sideboards and round tables. But the furniture, designed for recreation, is made in a wider and squat version. An additional entourage in such furniture are the lining of bronze. The main thing is that for their abundance the furniture texture is not hidden. Due to the fact that the Empire style originated under the Great Emperor, the design of the furniture has military symbols. Here you can meet spears with crossed swords, laurel wreaths and helmets. Along with a large number of relief inserts, photos and paintings in gilded frames, the Empire style is characterized by the presence of a large number of mirrors.
Tip: The range of colors includes all bright blue and red, gold or white colors. It would be superfluous to indicate that the material for registration is taken only high quality.
The Empire-style design characterizes melancholic people who spend time alone. After all, this style will give you the feeling of being in the chambers of the imperial persona.