The remarkable history of Greece, especially the Ancient one, its cultural riches, expressed in art, architecture, still leaves millions of its admirers indifferent to this day. The Greek style has already become the object of imitation. Since the main feature of the Greek style is the absence of any elements of luxury, the simplicity of the finish, which has almost ascetic appearance, it is quite natural that the admirers of this style are practical and economical people, but at the same time, they are comfort lovers. The Greek style perfectly combines the elements of antiquity and modernity. It is characterized by cold colors, the presence of ceramic tiles and marble.
The history of Greek style
The history of any culture is inextricably linked with all the stages of the state development. It is believed that the Greek style is originated in the period of VIII-VI century BC.
The history of Greek style development has several periods. For the early periods of the history mythological orientation is immanent, where the main place was given to antique mythological gods, which symbolized the power and flowering of Greek empire. At the earliest stage (VIII-VI centuries BC), the formation of basic principles took place. From the 6th century to 470 BC a gradual change in principles and elements brought from Egypt, Asia into the corresponding religious belief of the people of Greece, his spirit, and the form began. From the 5th century to 338 BC in the Greek style, there are radical changes. The style becomes more noble and harmonious. There are elements of luxury in all the materials, forms and ornaments . For the next period (IV century – 180 BC) the history of Greek style is characterized with the East influence. Buildings are created more lush and spectacular. In the last period, after Greece was under control of Roman Empire, the Greek style merges with Roman art. But still, it retained his main features – simplicity and practicality, while the Roman style was characterized by luxury and pomp.
The Greek style is characterized by:
- high ceilings
- columns with stucco
- meander patterns
- a natural gamut of colors, no bright colors, minimum of gilding
- granite, ceramic tile, marble
- furniture – simple in shape, made of natural wood, handmade, leather upholstery, velvet excluded
- vertical orientation of all the interior details
- textured plaster walls, wallpaper excluded
- decor items – vases, amphorae, figurines, sculptures
- minimal use of fabrics on windows
Before you realize your dream, a Greek-style apartment, make sure your apartment looks like it’s decorated in this style. Otherwise, whatever is done, the apartment will not fit the classic view of the Greek style.
Ceilings in Greek style
The ceilings should be high, to give a sense of freedom and space to the indoors. To emphasize the greatness of the room, the ceiling is supported by monumental columns with stucco.
Sometimes the ceiling is overlapped with meander patterns.
If it is possible, a window in the form of a square is mounted in the ceiling, which improves the room’s illumination.
The heart of the ceiling is usually a massive chandelier hanging on gold-plated chains, and small lamps, located along the perimeter of the ceiling, favorably allocate ceiling plinth.
The ceiling is covered with textured plaster. The color of its color should be in harmony with color of walls. But most often the color of ceiling and walls are the same.
Walls in Greek style
Walls require a special approach, as not everything is suitable for decorating them. Textured plaster is only applied, which gives austerity and simplicity of room.
Occasionally, panels are made of wood or some other facing material (ceramic tile, stone “plate”, etc.).
The Greek style admits niches in walls, which are executed using gypsum cardboard. Often this is done at the expense of room area.
Sometimes, the owner’s desire to install columns can not be realized because of a small area. In this case, the Greek style allows you to solve this problem by installing a polyurethane pilasters.
Colors in Greek style
Only natural colors are used – lemon-yellow, white, all sorts of shades of blue and green.
Greek style floor
The Greek style does not set clear rules for the design of floor. But carpets are not welcome. The classic floor is lined with marble, mosaic tiles in the form of meander patterns.
A combination of different coatings is allowed, which does not reduce the beauty and originality of the floor design.
Greek style furniture
The furniture of Greek style is characterized by:
- Simple, but a good upholstery of armchairs, sofas. Leather velvet does not apply
- The legs of chairs and tables are curved on the outside
- Made of natural wood.
Greek style accessories
The interior room accessories are usually represented by ceramic, marble amphora, pitchers, statues of ancient heroes,
wall ornamented lamps.
The fabric on the windows is used extremely rarely. It is mainly found in bedrooms in the form of natural cotton, flax. Flower vases are found very rarely in Greek style . Ceramic cookware is present in abundance.
We wish all those who like the simplicity and asceticism in harmonious combination with the past, the ancient beauty of the Greek style, to translate your dream into reality.