Almost every child has dreamed of being a prince or princess at least once in their life. Despite growing up, some of us still secretly harbour that dream of being royalty and living in a palace. The good news is, living in a ‘palace’ is still possible. That’s right. You can turn your home into a luxurious looking abode by incorporating some classical elements of European interiors from days gone by and bring your childhood fantasy to life.
Here are some ideas on how you can include elements of Victorian and Renaissance design into your interior, while still maintaining a space that is practical and modern:
1. Choose elegant colours
One of the simplest things you can do to add a touch of classical charm to your home is by choosing colors that exude dramatic elegance. Classy colors like navy, maroon and deep green convey a sense of luxury and understated style. Pair these with contrasting colors like white to create a sense of stately grandeur. It’s important to add subtle touches to your space, like a bust or and ornate gold framed mirror.
2. Use wallpapers with Renaissance-inspired designs
In the past, palaces and chateaus always had ornate walls, with intricate and winding designs in every room. The one place you can start installing these ornate wallpapers would be your dining area, where they will no doubt reflect the light from your lamps and other lights.
3. Consider chandeliers
The next time you go shopping for lights, consider getting a chandelier instead. Chandeliers give off a lot of light, and you don’t have to purchase one that’s very large to light up the room. Chandeliers often give out soft, warm light which is ideal for spaces where you want to create a romantic or homely atmosphere.
4. Heavy drapery or curtains
One of the signatures of a classical European residence is the presence of heavy draperies. In the past, draperies were designed to be very thick in order to block out the chill of cold weather. Central heating was still unheard of, and so were electric heaters. Each room had a fireplace and these curtains helped keep the warmth inside the rooms. While choosing drapes, try and include tassels, tiebacks and fringes for an accurate rendition of the stately drapes from the classic Victorian home.
5. Add paneled walls
One of the hallmarks of classical European interior design in the presence of paneled walls, usually made of wood. Rather than replacing your walls with wood, you can add wooden textures to your concrete walls to create the impression that the walls are paneled. Paneled walls add to the rustic appeal and are reminiscent of the homes of wealthy landowners in Europe’s countryside.
It’s not too late to start realizing your childhood dream of a home. Start bringing your fantasy ‘palace’ to life with the help of our gifted interior designers and renovation crew that will no doubt draw on their rich experience and skill sets to transform your home into something out of a fairytale.
written by Esther Chung