Ancient traditions, natural motives and a unique soul
Russian style is a trend in interior design, where environmental friendliness and naturalness prevail. The Russian style, thanks to the combination of folk traditions in the decoration of furniture, walls and decoration, has gained popularity among designers outside of Russia and has become a favorite motif in the decoration of many houses and apartments in the world.
The Russian style in the interior is easy to recognize by the deliberate emphasis on the natural, natural origin of the finishing materials and the environment. Stone and wood only in their natural form give the desired character to the atmosphere. The lack of refinement and rough lines reinforce and underline a genuine and inextricable connection with nature. The main characteristics and features of the interior in the Russian style.
The Russian style in the interior cannot be confused with any other direction in design. All thanks to its characteristic features, which combine ancient Slavic traditions, natural simplicity and modest accuracy.
The main distinguishing features of the Russian style:
- Stove or fireplace. The central element of the entire interior in the past was one of the most important objects of life in Russia. Now it can be easily replaced with a decorative or real fireplace with folk painting.
- Natural wood. It is used in large quantities, both as a finishing material, and serves as the basis for all furniture in the room. An important feature: mahogany or rosewood are not typical of the Russian style, unlike traditional species (pine, oak, birch, ash).
- Ornaments based on folk crafts. Gzhel or Khokhloma basically contain floral motifs. Products with such a painting will decorate any home.
- Eco-friendly palette. All natural colors will be a natural addition and decoration. Among the most popular shades are red, brown, blue, white, green.
- Heavy solid wood furniture. The already mentioned oak or pine are perfect for making any furniture from chairs and tables to beds and cabinet furniture. One of the main and most recognizable elements is a chest in which you can store clothes or valuables.
- Natural textiles. The most suitable fabrics are those made by hand: cotton, linen and wool.
- Fine embroidery and lace. Those who want to make the interior more sophisticated choose embroidery and handmade lace. The main theme of the decor is floral or Orthodox motives.
- Earthenware and porcelain. It is difficult to imagine a traditional home without jugs, pots and other handicraft products.
History of the Russian style
Despite numerous disasters, the Russian people managed to preserve their rich cultural code and pass it on to their descendants. The heritage of the Slavs also includes the traditions of decoration, which were appreciated by representatives of different countries. The Russian style is rooted in the ancient Slavic culture, the main feature of which was modesty. There was nothing superfluous in the houses, but only what was necessary for a comfortable life a stove, a table, benches, sleeping places. Later, images and ornaments began to appear on the walls, and dolls and crafts began to appear in the dwelling itself.
Paganism greatly influenced the interior of the premises. The ancient Slavs believed that objects and nature were of divine origin. This was expressed in the creation of thematic carvings and decor in the form of idol figurines. The central element of housing the Russian stove was always kept clean and richly decorated with drawings and paintings: this is how the ancestors appeased the mythical brownie who “lived behind the stove.” Until the middle of the 15th century, houses were built mainly from the logs of the nearest forest. After Sophia Paleologue, the wife of Tsar Ivan III Vasilyevich, invited an architect from Italy, local craftsmen learned to build dwellings from stones and bricks.
Over time, especially during the reign of the Romanov dynasty, interior motifs began to change in the direction of fashionable baroque. The hit of those seasons was expensive velvet, massive moldings, gold palettes.
Today, the Russian style has undergone a division, and despite the fact that all its branches have common features, each of them has characteristic details by which they are distinguished.
Traditionally, there are three main directions of the Russian style in the interior:
- “A la rus”. The direction that left Russia reached Europe and echoed back. Foreign lovers of Russian traditions took the main features of the style as a basis, adding their own interpretation to some of the details. For example, one of the most important decisions in understanding “a la rus” is multilayer decorative elements. Diverse, colorful combinations of jewelry border on kitsch.
- “Russian hut”. Extreme contrast with “a la rus”. A sober, calm and measured color scheme is a sign of respect for ancient traditions. The asceticism of the interior is not able to amaze the imagination with bright loud decorative elements, but this is more than compensated by the depth of the underlying meanings. A few things are strictly in their place and perform only one specific function. This makes life in the hut harmonious, imposing a certain philosophical connotation on it.
- “Russian tower”. The basis of this trend is the tradition of external and internal decoration of the houses of princes in Ancient Russia. Each room is filled with rich décor and intricate multicolored woodwork ornaments. The core of the whole composition is a tiled stove covered with ceramics with intricate patterns of intricate patterns