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Romanesque Decorating StyleWhen one thinks of Romanesque decorating styles, the beautiful architectural features that were popular in Medieval Europe often initially come to mind. This style of architecture was common during the 6th through the 10th century. After that time period, the style was basically transformed into the Gothic style. If you've ever traveled to Europe, it's likely that you had the opportunity to view many building that featured this style.
Although the term "Romanesque" is generally used to describe an architectural style as opposed to a specific style of decorating, there are definitely ways that this style has been incorporated into Home & Domestic schemes. Although it's unlikely that your home's architectural features include groin vaults, buttresses or large towers, there are other more subtle ways to blend the classic Romanesque design features into the everyday home.
The Beauty of ArchesArches were a very common feature in Romanesque architecture. As such, arches of all kinds can be used to add a Romanesque touch to almost any room. Whether you redesign your home to incorporate a beautiful arched window or you simply add an arch-shaped mirror or stained glass piece to your living room wall, the look will be unmistakably classic and beautiful.
ColumnsIt's hard to imagine what Romanesque architecture would be like if it were not for the beautiful and stately columns that were so commonly used.
Columns are great to use both inside and outside to decorate your home. Inside, you can use columns to frame doorways or to accentuate your wall décor. Shorter columns can also be used as decorative plant stands, or as bases for small tables.
In Romanesque architecture, decoratively carved capitals were the norm when it came to topping columns. In fact, some of these capitals were intricately carved so that they portrayed entire scenes and events. Columns topped with decorative capitals can be especially useful when attempting to add a Romanesque touch to your Home & Domestic scheme.
Romanesque ArtWhen decorating your home, it's important to consider the profound effect that just the right art pieces can have on the overall look. In the case of Romanesque-style decorating, sculptures - especially those carved from stone - can add the perfect finishing touch to a room.
Common art themes during this period include religious subjects. A beautifully painted wall or even ceiling mural can also be a great way to add this period look to your home. Stained glass can also be used quite effectively with this decorating style.
Beautiful stained glass windows, frequently designed with an arched shape, were often used to adorn buildings and cathedrals. Adding a beautifully crafted piece of vintage stained glass to a room is a great way to mirror the art style that was popular during this time period.
Paintings were also quite popular during the Romanesque period. It was common to find beautiful paintings that depicted religious themes. Colors used in paintings were bright and quite similar to the shades used in stained glass. As such, when choosing art pieces for a Romanesque-styled room, it's best to stick to vivid, clear and eye-catching primary shades.
A Romanesque-inspired style of decorating may not be for everyone. However, for those who enjoy historic architecture and art, it can certainly add a beautiful, formal and awe-inspiring look to a home.