Classical design elements are a ‘classic’ for a definite reason. They’ve been around for so many centuries, and been articulated in so many different forms that they’ve literally become timeless. The contemporary times feature the neo-classical style, which interprets the traditional classic elements in a more modern way. So even if they’re not literally the same, there is always a semblance of inspiration within the overall design. Here’s how you can use classical design elements:
1. The marble mantle
Marble was the most used construction material back in the Greek and Roman times, and we can why. The classic elegance of this material immediately brings an unfettered grace in any and all interior design settings. If you cannot afford actual marble, you can simply go for a laminate cladding in a central area to emulate a classic design element. Media walls are the surest and fastest way to go about it.
2. Mimic wainscoting
Wainscoting only used to be done on the lower half of the walls back in the age of Renaissance. However, these days you can definitely upgrade this aesthetic according to your needs. The kitchen cabinets and drawers in this image are an excellent example of how you can use this particular classical design element by giving it a modern twist.
The contemporary iteration of the entablature usually comes in the form of the cornice or a false-ceiling. It usually runs the gamut of the entire room and provides some excellent visual contrast. You can emulate it in your modern homes by using a tray-style false ceiling that features a mix of rope lights and LEDs running the periphery.
When it comes to bathrooms, you can go full-blown classical – or as close as – by choosing the right materials. The color scheme matters a lot here. You should select a palate that embraces the white and grey tones with a bit of textures to give it personality. The grey tones help the ambiance be reminiscent of marble, which always makes the space look classy and luxurious.
Lastly, the floor is another thing that you should carefully consider. If the ratio of marble textures you’ve used in other parts of your design is relatively low, then you can go for a marble textured floor. If not, then try going for white porcelain full-body tiles.