Ancient Greece is somehow both fantastical and historic at the same time. From the elegant, inviting structures of the Parthenon and the Acropolis of Athens, to the modern-day adaptations of Greek legend, today’s culture is undoubtedly inspired by that of Ancient Greece.
Whether it’s in fashion, art or interior design, the perceived luxury of Greek stylings is forever present. A true representation of wealth, comfort and relaxation, it’s no wonder that a homeowner today may opt for a look reminiscent of Ancient Greece.
So – just what makes Greek-themed design so eye-catching. How has it stayed relevant for so many centuries, and what can you do to bring out your inner god or goddess?
The furniture you decide to use in your Greece-themed escape will define the mood of your property. You’ll likely spend more time inside the house than you will outside, so it’s important to make sure the furniture is periodically accurate.
Here are some suggestions for things that you can use to bring out your inner Greek:
If you have the cash to spare, why not incorporate a traditional Greek throne? Elegant, purposeful seating, generally crafted from limestone or marble and embellished with jewels and sculptures, a throne will add a real sense of regality to your home.
Though perhaps not as impressive as a throne, a Klismos chair is still a beautiful piece of comfortable and functional furniture that was prevalent in ancient Greece.
Klismos chairs are defined by their curved and flared legs, as well as a concaved back – they should be made of wood and they should not have a solid back piece.
A simple stool can also be a stable of Ancient Greek interior design. Make sure it’s low to the ground, featuring a fabric seat rather than a solid wooden one.
Low-to-the-ground tables were also commonplace in Greek homes; if you do plan to incorporate one into your own interior design, make sure to match it to your seating.
Live like a Greek, sleep like a Greek…
Greek beds are extremely similar to Klismos chairs. They share very similar flared and curved legs; in fact, they look as if they may even be a ‘stretched’ version of the seating!
Greek beds should be built from warm wood, such as maple or olive. Some designs feature intricate carvings of legend, whereas some may feature solid metal legs. They would have been dressed and covered with fluffy sheepskin, so we recommend pairing your Greek bed with a warm, shaggy throw!
Furnishing your property is only one step closer to creating the Greek home of your dreams. Now, we’ll need to consider a few pieces of decor that can pull everything together.
Surprisingly, wall-art wasn’t too common in Ancient Greece. Instead, stone tablets, sculptures and carvings were engraved into, or hung, on the walls. For an authentic feel, try hanging up some stone carvings.
Busts and Sculptures
Statues and sculptures were one of the preferred art installations in Greek homes. Back then, the busts would have shown a likeness of important members in the household or even influential figures – though as long as yours is made from stone or marble, it will look in-character.
Vases were also a common form of feature art; made of clay or terracotta before being painted with horses, warriors and chariots, they were a functional piece of art that would have been proudly displayed when not in use.
There are many types of Greek vase – some of them include:
- Amphora, a simple sculpture with two thin vertical handles found on the neck of the vessel
- Hydria, which is a more decorative piece featuring horizontal handles just below the neck
- Kantharos, which is an elegant drinking vessel complete with two elegant, protruding grips
Though subtle, a decorative cornice will really bring your hard work to light. Much like a skirting board, they line the walls with a decorative ‘ledge’ – unlike a skirting board, they should be positioned at the top of the wall.
Things to Consider
The last things to consider when piecing together your Greek-inspired design is the color and spacing, along with how you choose to display your furnishings.
Minimalism and simplicity are absolutely key, and will act as a defining factor to your new home. If possible, you should keep your designs as minimalistic as possible – this will allow the elegant feature pieces, such as your busts, vases and cornices, to really stand out.
Similarly, you should stick to using authentically traditional colorings. Neutral colors are essential, so stick to ivory, cream, white, tan and grey. Ideally, you should use the natural colors of the building materials you intend to feature.
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