The Empire style in any of its expression, whether it is architecture, interior or pieces of decor, is the top of pathos, luxury and solemnity.It is the embodiment of great victories and greatness dictated by Napoleon himself.
EMPIRE STYLE INTERIOR FEATURES
The Empire style is fundamental and expensive; only the most sophisticated materials are used in its design, which symbolize power and strength. Rare woods, marble, bronze, and gilding are characteristic of the Empire. A lot of polished and lacquered elements make the Empire style interior even glossier, and the abundance of mirrors expands the space, making the room airy and festive.
Columns, ionic curls, ancient statues, sphinxes - everything related to the great empires, is reflected in the Empire style. Echoes of ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt can often be found in the rich cabinets design, luxurious mansions, theatres, important public institutions.
Military attributes are another distinctive feature of the Empire style. Rare sabers and daggers, a weapons collections, which empire-style interiors is often decorated with, emphasize the power and high status of the host.
APPROPRIATE COLOURS FOR EMPIRE STYLE
The colour range of the Empire style is composed of deep, rich, noble tones, such as:
The Empire style does not allow variegation, its majestic calm is achieved using mostly one shade of the above or a contrasting combination of 2-3 colours. For the walls decoration often plain expensive fabrics are used, for example, atlas or silk. Pictures in valuable frames, mirrors, gilded elements of decor give grandiosity to the room.
EMPIRE STYLE FURNITURE
Furniture, like everything else in this magnificent style, should be elegant. Individual items themselves are works of art worthy of being museum exhibits.
Elegantly curved lines, antique decoration elements, legs in the form of a lion's head or a sphinx are characteristic of the Empire style wardrobes , table and chairs. Mahogany and ebony, oak, beech, karelian birch and other valuable species are used for their production.
Sofas, armchairs, headboards in the Empire-style beds are invariably upholstered with expensive monochromatic natural fabric. This once again underlines the exclusivity and special position of their owner.
Empire-style furniture is often decorated with bronze or gilded elements in the form of griffins and other fairy-tale monsters; it is decorated with carved stars, eagles, and the letter N – an honour to the founder of this trend in architecture, art and design.
The Empire style in the ordinary apartments design is rare, for it needs a large space, an abundance of light and air. Massive details that symbolize monumentality and steadfastness are more suitable for the interiors of palaces, rich estates, and government institutions.
Luxurious and at the same time quite strict Empire will suit a strong and forceful person, firmly standing on his feet and steadily striving towards the goal. This is the style of kings and famous commanders who made the human history and destinies.
The Hermitage art workshop is ready to develop and implement special interior design in accordance with any preferences of the customer.