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News > The interior style "Modern" through Tatiana Antonchenko's eyes.

The style "Modern" (England, Russia) appeared in the late 19th-early 20th century. It is known as Jugendstil (Germany), Secession (Austria), Liberty (Italy) or Art Nouveau (France).

Today many people confuse the modernist style with modernism. Even interior designers sometimes mistakenly believe that the modernist style is a fusion of modern materials and functionality, something resembling fusion of high-tech with minimalism and classic style.

But this is not quite true. Exactly usage of the fundamental principles of the modernist style in interior design is a correct understanding of this style.

The modernist style brought to interior design basically new decorative elements, giving preference to constructional elements. The creators of this style brought to it all the best achievements of the past and the most refined and exquisite ideas of their time.

The modern is characterized by floral motifs, winding lines, flexible shapes.

There is often used ornament from a particular species of plants with winding shapes (irises, lilies, orchids, cyclamen, magnolias, bluebells, lilies, aquatic plants), writhing undulating irregularly curved line, smooth line of wave. There are placed images of fabulous creatures: mermaids, elves, birds (swans, storks, peacocks) as well as flame and the flowing hair.

Remarkable details of the modernist style are – stained-glass windows and doors in the style of "Tiffany", exquisite forged iron railings and grilles, painted glass, mosaics, tapestries – copies of paintings, painting of walls and ceilings, light stucco, friezes.

Peculiar are soft colours and muted tones: light green, blue grey, olive, pale yellow, pale pink, pale turquoise, pearl grey, shades of purple. And also rich shades of gold and ochre, muted shimmer of silver and pearl.

Furniture with curved legs of smooth rounded shape with inserts of bent unvarnished wood, upholstery from light one-coloured fabrics or with floral pattern.

Chandeliers and lamps that imitate plants with dropdown buds, Venetian glass and crystal.

Among décor are used various vases, porcelain, ceramics. Mirrors, tapestries, paintings, boxes, candlesticks, coloured glass bottles, carved screens, bronze statuettes.

Bathroom in the modernist style.

For a bathroom will finely fit quiet light tones of grey-blue and pearl-grey shades.

You are welcome to read the full article on the personal website of the author – designer Tatiana Antonchenko

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