When it comes to decorating your home, why should you stick to the basics? Here's how to pull inspiration from your favorite global architecture styles.
Ever taken a vacation abroad and wished you could stay forever? Don't quit your job just yet! You can find ways to bring elements of your favorite destinations into the design of your home. There are more places to look than simply browsing through Pinterest and Good Housekeeping Magazine. In this post, we'll show you how to find fresh inspiration from your favorite global architecture.
Copy Patterns and Shapes from Famous Global Architecture
St Basil's Cathedral in Red Square, Moscow, is famous for its onion domes. The bright, horizontal stripes of color look like painted candy. Of course, I'm not suggesting you rebuild your roof into an onion dome. But it wouldn't be difficult to tastefully include bold colors and stripes with a well-placed accent piece. You might even find a vase, faucet, or piece of furniture that gives a nod to the iconic Russian dome shape. Do you enjoy traditional Islamic architecture? It's inspired many fashion designers to incorporate exaggerated patterns and infinitely repeating motifs into their work. On a smaller scale, you might emulate Taj-Mahal level detail with some lace and patterned textiles. If you can incorporate mosaics into the walls or the floors, even better!
Pick and Choose from Historical Color Palettes
Cologne Cathedral is Germany's most visited landmark. The stunning church took more than 200 years to build. Thankfully it won't take two centuries to fill your house with brown, black, and bronze colors inspired by the traditional Gothic style. The Dome of The Rock shows how brilliantly royal blue and brassy gold contrast each other. The off-white and marble tie them together beautifully.
Recreate Your Favorite Textures and Materials
The award-winning Lloyds building in London was designed by Italian architect Richard Rogers. Built with chrome and exposed metal, it's the first of its kind to display water pipes and elevators on the outside. Give your house a similar futuristic texture with exposed brick, exposed metal, and chrome countertops or accent pieces. Want to take it a step further? Check out these 5 Unique House Designs that abandon tradition for function and style.
Be Intentional with Your Use of Light and Shadow
The most inspiring thing about global architecture is the free use of asymmetry and unique silhouettes. Our favorite structures on the other side of the globe often wouldn't be possible with American zoning codes. The Sydney Opera House and La Pedrera by Gaudi in Barcelona come to mind. The right lighting (or the wrong lighting) can have huge impacts on your mood and biological functions. Removing a wall, putting in a new door frame, or opening the curtains can change the way light and shadow fall in your space.
When you want a taste of your favorite global architecture, remember you can:
- Copy patterns and shapes from your favorite buildings
- Choose historical color palettes
- Recreate your favorite textures and materials
- Be intentional with light and shadow
Once you have your creative vision in mind (or to make sure you don't violate any pesky zoning codes), contact the professionals for help.