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Traditional Focal Points for Renaissance DecorYou can imagine that Renaissance homes were not painted with the wide variety of beautiful colors and shades that we have access to today, and although there is a vast difference in what was available then and what is available to us, their homes still had the capacity to be beautiful.
In fact, homes of that time were often elegant and sophisticated even without the paints and stain choices that modern homes can boast, and by using what was available, they learned to beautify in a more simplistic style than many of us can manage.
Traditional focal points for Renaissance décor are not limited by the shades that they could paint on the walls, but by the availability of specific threads, dyes, materials, and fabrics during that era instead.
Wall HangingsTapestries and murals were definitely fashionable during the Renaissance era, as many royals used them to decorate walls in place of our bright and vibrant paints.
Woven tapestries could be imported from many different parts of the world, depicting scenes of royal exploits, old then and contemporary for the time, and showcasing spectacular deeds.
Others displayed animals and mythical creatures in fantastic details, and these early renditions of focal points are great choices if you are designing any room with a Renaissance theme.
Similarly, murals were paintings or sketches depicting the same types of scenes or creatures, and sometimes beautiful landscapes were added to walls of homes and castles in place of windows since glass was very limited, if available at all, in many places of that era.
Windows were tiny to avoid allowing the heat to enter during the summer or escape during the winter months.
From dragons to King Arthur, you can really dress up a space in a realistic fashion with murals, and stencils can help you sketch the scenes for painting if you have no or only limited artistic experience to draw on.
Stained GlassOne of the other most common focal points for Renaissance homes that were upscale or higher-class was stained glass, and this is still a beautiful choice for a modern, refined room.
They usually featured some sort of depiction or famous legend, such as a King or Queen, but many featured Biblical references or stories as well due to the church’s influence at that time.
You can also choose animals and similar depictions for your stained glass window, depending on your personal tastes and the décor in the rest of the room.
Although stained glass was used then much in the way that we use modern window panes, you can use stained glass as a Renaissance focal point in other parts of the room instead of just the window.
A stained glass room divider is beautiful, and this can be a beautiful choice for dressing up interior doors as well.
As long as there is some form of light to shine through the glass for maximum aesthetic value, the focal point will achieve its goal of being the first thing that people notice about the room.