My Big Fat Greek Wedding – Interior Style
When we start to study Architecture and Interior design, the Classic order is the one we start with – mostly because it was the start of urbanity as a whole, and as Gus Portokalos so eloquently put it, “The Greeks invented it.” The Greek style was a eulogy to marbling and large scales – it came with a lush white beauty that was fabricated in well designed, proportionate and beautiful temples, Acropolises, public buildings – anything and everything aside from the private sector. Such legendary proportioning made for the birth of a brilliant style that emulated grand, majestic designs – and even a hybrid use of these can imbue a characteristic opulence in even the most modern of designs. Today’s interiors mostly use the very cream of this traditional style, but when done in a rather expert fashion, it can transform your spaces into beautiful historic semi-replicas. So today, we’ll be taking a look at a few beautifully incorporated Greek themes in modern interior designs.
The Doric Order
Any history of architecture novice would be able to tell you that the one major innovation in design the Greeks characterized were the orders of their columns – Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian – from simplest to most complicated respectively. This interior takes inspiration from the Doric order and uses its simple but clean lines to emulate a rather modern setting – with a neo classic flair. The frieze and entablature and only highlighted more by the use of marble as a background – which used to be an inherently Greek material.
This interior setting used the complex symmetry and other characteristics of the Greek design order and pair it up with modern fixtures to achieve that hybrid look. The most stand out feature of this interior is the frieze; with its overlaying patterns cornice design, it plays a nice contrast to the tray drop false ceiling and artsy lighting fixtures.
A Flair for Dark and Wainscoting
Wainscoting was a more traditional set up in the Renaissance and Baroque eras, but it took its start in the Greek roots. This interior uses the concept of wainscoting and cornices along with a curvy traditional furniture set – and amalgamates it seamlessly with a chic, modern color scheme of black.
Another take on the frieze and wainscoting concept, this design is more modern, but the effects of the Greek style are there all the same – literally carved into the design of the wall. It is up to you to decide if you want to go more modern or traditional.
There are very subtle hints of Greek traditional in this interior – mostly in the austerity of the white hued color scheme and the gilded edges of the looking mirror. Both are more than enough to complement the modern setting.