How to create the interior of the whole house or a separate room in Arabic style?
Do you remember the fairy-tales from the book “A Thousand and One Nights”? On illustrations to them, the magnificent interior of east palaces was represented. Bring the fabulous motifs to the interior of the house or apartment will help the Arab style.
Exquisite and rich, the Arab style in the interior is the eastern direction of the art of decorating rooms. The room in this style is filled with peace, pacification, a harmony of the Arab night. This is an ideal place to relax after long work days.
Features of the Arabic style
The basis of the Arab style in the interior are three rules:
1. observance of the traditions of Islam;
2. adherence to age-old traditions;
3. use of man-made decor and interior items.
The main thing in the Arabian style is not luxurious decoration, but the designer’s ability to create the appearance of wealth. In ancient times, artists were able to decorate the dwelling so much that the impression of the wealth of the owner of the house really exceeded its true dimensions.
Choosing an Arabian style in the interior, you need to focus on the traditions of Islam and the traditions of ancestors.
The Koran forbids to represent all living things, therefore the interior in the Arabian style does not have a sculpture and painting. But it has many patterns of varying complexity. These are drawings of geometric shapes, wrapped in fantastic vegetation, and many fines clearly traced elements.
As the details of the finishes, arabesques are used, consisting of the words of the Qur’an intertwined in the original drawing with floral ornament.
“Tip: choose drawings in the oriental style, performed against the background of a saturated color (red, green, blue, emerald, crimson).”
The appropriate pattern is decorated with walls, ceilings, columns, furniture. Harmonize them with carpets, pillows. Interior in the Arab style does not tolerate monotonous empty places.
In the interior, you can reflect the nomadic way of life of the Arab tribes (improvised tent, many carpets covering not only the floor and walls but also sofas, a large number of differences in size and shape of pillows).
Furniture in Arabic style
We do not have the usual Arabic furniture. Instead of chairs, pillows are used, randomly scattered across the floor. In the living room, decorated in oriental style, set extraordinarily comfortable upholstered furniture. Armchairs, sofas, ottomans necessarily cover with variegated satin covers and even carpets.
Tables in the eastern interior may be present, but they must be of a special non-standard form, low, necessarily made of natural wood and decorated with various inlays. Such tables resemble large spacing. The role of chairs in the Arab interior is performed again by cushions.
In the bedroom, special attention should be paid to the beds. It is installed in the middle of the room, covered with a luxurious satin coverlet. Over it, a transparent canopy is equipped. A lot of different pillows – the necessary entourage of the eastern bedroom. Do not use traditional cabinets and shelving. If you need cabinets, then they must be openwork, light.
Most often for storing things in a room in the Arab style, they use niches decorated with wooden carved doors.
Textiles in the eastern interior
Carpets are an indispensable element of oriental style. Fluffy and bright, they decorate the walls and the floor, they are covered with sofas, armchairs, ottomans.
The windows are decorated with heavy bright curtains with oriental ornaments. Fabric for curtains do not regret, it should be folded, at the bottom, it is tied with a cord, thus a lancet arch is formed. The upper part of the window can be decorated with a lambrequin.
Using man-made products in the eastern interior
Arab interior is filled with handmade items. First of all, these are carpets. The cost of one man-made carpet, special silk, can be several tens of thousands of dollars. These are real works of art.
Not everyone can afford to buy a real carpet, so buy a product cheaper, most importantly, that it does not look too modern and not so synthetic that it would immediately strike the eye.
A wooden oriental mosaic made of pieces of wood of the correct geometric form and assembled in the form of various patterns is decorated with niches, cabinets, shelves, columns, walls.
The foundation for the mosaic is painted in traditional Arabic colors, and the ornament 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 filled most often with blue paint.
Lighting in the Arab interior
The eastern interior loves a large number of differently shaped lamps. They are installed in such a way that it is advantageous to beat the combination of light and shadow, emphasizing all the elements of the interior and the play of colors.
Lighting is made soft, yellowish, muffled. Therefore, most often in the eastern interior use floor lamps or lamps with a shade. If the living room has high ceilings, then you can install a forged chandelier. Small walls are hung on the walls.
Hang up a bunch of lamps, openwork plafonds which are minted from bronze, it will also bring a note of the East to the interior, the missing color will add light from the lighted candles.
Window and door decoration
In the Arabic style, the windows are narrow and lancet in shape. In a modern house, you can make a niche in front of a window or curtain it with curtains, 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 one, and your room will immediately play with oriental paints.”
Decorate the eastern interior with appropriate accessories: hookah, wrought bird cages, bronze jugs with a high neck, vases, dishes. Pitchers and vases should be painted with oriental patterns.
“Tip: to create an oriental interior in a modern apartment, do not alter the whole apartment, use only individual components of the Arab style.”
But mixing styles is unacceptable. The object knocked out from 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 pictures and pictures depicting people, modern furniture