What features distinguish the "imperial" style of Empire? Why not design your own kitchen in a luxurious design?
Experienced designers will reveal the secrets, how to give modern kitchen a new image of elegant nobility.
In the XIX century. in the palaces of kings, and then among the richest people the Empire style was formed, it was called "late classicism." The main purpose of the design was to demonstrate status and wealth.
In modern times it is used by wealthy people who value prestige and beauty. Style for many centuries has changed, its features:
- huge areas of premises and high ceiling height;
- clear correct proportions;
- symmetry and balance of design.
Elegant finishes and luxurious décor include:
- columns, semicircular arches and pilasters;
- wood of noble breeds, on walls "Venetian" plaster;
- bulky furniture with beautiful elements (columns on the sides, cornices and other reliefs);
- obligatory attributes of royal wealth (a fireplace, magnificent sculptures of antiquity, paintings of famous painters).
You can create an Empire style in the interior of the kitchen, only if these conditions are met.
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Only pastel colors, without sharp contrasts, bright colors. Many golden and dairy, pearl flowers.
Gilding is a mandatory requirement, gilded taps, utensils, locker handles or furniture trim. After all, at the court of the French king, gold was in every interior.
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For the zoning of the cuisine in the Empire style, you need arches, colonnades, a pretentious kitchen island or a sofa with beautiful upholstery.
Furniture set with clear symmetrical shapes, the room parameters will dictate the choice of layout:
- linear - for narrow spaces;
- island - with a large square kitchen;
- U-shaped - for a medium-sized kitchen in the form of a square.
If the kitchen is small in the form of a rectangle, then only the L-shaped kitchen set will fit, then create symmetry by placing in the opposite corner a cabinet with elegant utensils.
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Choice of finishes
The design of the walls in the design of the kitchen in the Empire style is the smoothness of the surface, the "antique" effect can be created with luxurious Venetian plaster or exclusive tiles.
Manufacturers already produce whole series of ceramic tiles for different styles. You can find ceramic (wall) panels that will mimic classic columns.
Parquet from ceramics under a tree or tiles on the floor is perfect for this style.
For the ceiling only white color and smooth surface, stucco in the center around the chandelier.
Kitchen furniture must also be chosen from precious wood, the same frames and doors - all massive and high-quality. All facades of wood are decorated with antique elements: festoons, tall columns, adorned with acanthus leaves or pilasters.
But do not forget about moderation - this is also the difference between the Empire. Kitchen cupboards under the glass, where expensive dishes are displayed.
Tables with a large table top and spectacular carved legs. Seats and armrests can be covered with leather, imitation or expensive cloth is possible. Large soft furniture with legs, as in antique style, with paws of different animals.
Use only an even number of chairs, chairs and ottomans for symmetry.
For the windows of Empire in the interior of the kitchen are not required heavy, characteristic for the style of fabric with lambrequins. Light or transparent curtains are suitable here, it's better to hang curtains around the edges. The color of the fabric should be combined with the furniture upholstery.
Lighting and decoration
Empire in the interior of the kitchen suggests bright lighting, but creating a warm atmosphere. Ideal is a large central chandelier with 6-8 horns.
A more modern direction is "neoampir", which is more modest. Empire can accept models of various lamps: hanging or simple monophonic.
In the decor, you can use an antique clock (wall or floor), large-scale paintings with gold frames, elegant statuettes, candelabra, vases of pot-bellied forms, potted flowers.
If the area allows and the financial situation, the Empire can be created even in the interior of the kitchen.
Photo of the kitchen in Empire style