Basics of Gothic Style in Apartment Design
Each of us played bold knights and beautiful princesses in childhood, but then we grow up, the fairy-tale adventures end, life becomes ordinary and routine. Gothic is the style of the room, which returns us to a children's fairy tale. This is not the dark Middle Ages in gray tones, but a bright and unreal airy atmosphere in the design of a room or even an entire apartment.
Photo: stucco ceiling decoration in the hallway interior
Where did the gothic style come from
Gothic style originated in Western Europe in the 13th century, first in the architecture of buildings, and a little later in the design of the rooms inside. The most characteristic feature of the Gothic is the striving upwards in all details. The interior in the Gothic style is made using natural stone, wood, leather and glass.
High ceilings, often in the form of vaults or rough wooden beams of the ceiling, the floors covered with natural stone or marble slabs are sometimes wooden planks, huge lancet windows that have to let the maximum light into the room create an atmosphere of incredible solemnity and grandeur, and additional details in the design make the room cozy.
Tip: even if your apartment has low ceilings, the layout does not allow you to decorate the interior in the Gothic style, you can create an atmosphere of Gothic mood in your home with the help of individual details in the furnishing or interior design.
In its striving upward, the Gothic style in the interior is not limited to the shape of the windows or the ceiling. All the furniture in the room, even the doorways have an elongated, pointed shape. Wooden details are covered with artful carving, which sometimes turns into a slit and looks like elegant wooden lace with church motifs, interlacing arches, turning into arcades or clear geometric fragments. Double-wing wardrobes, bookshelves and cupboards on high legs with panels, chairs that look more like medieval thrones with high backs and hard seats. The interior of the apartment in the style of Gothic must be present large wooden chests, trunks decorated with bronze rivets, sometimes covered with leather. In the Middle Ages, wardrobe trunks placed near the walls often served as benches, stove benches or even tables. Mandatory attribute, especially in the bedrooms - is a screen. The wide beds, located on the dais, are decorated with twisted columns in the corners, equipped with canopies that will protect you from drafts on a cold night. Door panels and furniture are massive, but they gain lightness and elegance due to the patterned pattern of the thread. For the manufacture of furniture is usually used dark varieties of wood, or it is subjected to special treatment, giving the desired shades for the interior of the apartment.
Tip: A room decorated in the Gothic style will acquire softness and comfort if you use a lot of soft decorative pillows. This will help smooth out a certain coldness and rigidity of the furniture.
Photo: elongated pointed forged elements in the design of the bed
Photo: carving a kitchen set
Color stereotypes are not for Gothic
Many people think that the interior in the Gothic style implies a dark, dark tones and uniformity of forms. But this is not at all the case. In the Gothic, rich colors of red, brown, blue, green and yellow shades are used. For a skilled designer, it’s quite realistic to decorate your apartment in white or beige tones, while fully retaining the Gothic style in the interior. Walls should be monotonously painted, without any pattern, can be used for upholstering velvet or cloth. Draperies are welcome. They are decorated with bright tapestries on fabric or wood, mosaic with a classic image of a trefoil, a rose, a lily or a crucifer. The painting on the ceiling will add an additional bright accent to the design of the room, as well as the gilding or silver with which the moldings are covered.
Details are important
A special place in the room or apartment, the interior of which is decorated in the style of Gothic occupy the details: jugs, mugs, trays. Forged elements decorate the furniture and doors. In the rooms, decorated in the Gothic style are almost completely absent paintings, they are replaced by tapestries and stained glass windows with light. A fireplace with a wrought iron grille and a pair of massive throne chairs will create a cozy island in your living room even in the most inclement weather, and will lift your spirits.
Photo: several throne chairs will create a cozy island in your room
Tip: Do not be afraid of forged metal or bronze parts in the interior. For example, a forged chandelier made in the characteristic medieval style or high candlesticks will only complement the decor and give a special personality to your apartment.
The whole room can be decorated in the Gothic style, but at the same time each room will have a completely individual design, character and mood. A variety of colors and details in the design of rooms allows, using one style to give variety and novelty to every corner of your house, a separate room or even an entire apartment to turn into a fabulous castle.