The Romanesque style

The history of the Romanesque style originated in about 800 AD, after the fall of Rome, and continues to develop during X – XII centuries. The name of the style comes from the Latin word “romanus”, which means roman.

Creating Romanesque style in the interior, you should bear in mind that the main feature of this style is a power and greatness, not elegance.

Each element of the interior gives a feeling of heaviness and simplicity; no decorations in the rooms. Impression of gloom is the main feature of the Romanesque style.

In the decorations of walls imitation of stones, gray, brown, red, white or green monochrome plaster materials are used. Stained glass windows, decorative windows in the extended semi-circular form create a sense of fortress.

The ceiling is made as a continuation of the walls, matching the colour. You can use a wooden insert, but not as carved decorations, but as rough props. Large ceramic tile floor imitates the stone flooring. The parquet floor is never used here.

Furniture should be rather primitive. The most popular household items of Romanesque period was a chest. It was often used as a desk, chair and the place of storage of various things.

Now, it is appropriate to use coarse, bulky three- or four-legged tables, chairs and benches. The main mistake of modern designers is a usage of soft furniture, which at that times had not yet been established. The only exception may be a bed.

Pictures, wall candles (lighting) and massive chandeliers are perfect decorations here. The interior can be completed with knightly heritage objects: swords, helmets and armors. Fireplace is a special and individual touch of Romanesque interior design. Because of a cold sense of fortress this style gives us, it is rarely used in the design of flats or apartments. It can be a lucky find in a designing of cafes, restaurants and other public houses.