Interior architectural decoration: characteristics, examples

Architectural decoration is back in style because, first, even minimalism has mellowed in the twenty-first century and, second, since cornices, skirting boards, and other features successfully address both aesthetic and functional issues.

Architectural hints

Today’s interior is similar to Chinese food: delectable, yet it’s unclear what the dish is constructed of. Reminding people that the interior space is connected to the building’s structure is one of the goals of architectural decoration, which also helps to restore the elements’ natural harmony.

As construction technology has long been able to do without load-bearing columns in the middle of the apartment and conceal ceiling beams from view, this is usually only a hint, of course. If the floor and ceiling are designated with a plinth and cornice, the space is still easier to “read.” Yes, and the walls appear more solid if they are finished with panels, even though there is no longer a need to conceal surface faults in this manner.

Interior architectural decoration: characteristics, examples

In other words, the “active” architectural décor that was closely associated with the house’s structure is no longer there. However, the need to continually feel comfortable in a building, as well as the need to make the surroundings as appealing as possible, still exist. 

Decent architectural decoration

It is helpful to be led by principles that won’t let anyone down in order to kill multiple birds with one stone.

Better if it were lighter

Leave massive capitals, elegant ceiling rosettes, and exquisite stucco cornices for historical interiors. They will appear bulky and ostentatious whether placed in a contemporary flat or a rural home. The best architectural décor should appear and feel light, which is why white paint is frequently used to decorate buildings. You should aim for simple terrain and good quality 90 times out of 100 times.

Style as a motivator

Style today is a means of self-expression rather than a dogma. As a result, the décor should be chosen more in accordance with the room than the style. Furthermore, it should be noted that even a skilled designer finds it challenging to complete this in absentia, so do not be timid and do not be lazy: take samples and apply them until you discover a suitable skirting board, cornice, or panel. Additionally, colour may always be used to produce aesthetic uniformity; for instance, “aged” panels fit flawlessly into the “shabby chic” style, and painted in vibrant hues — into the English style.

The power of the truth

Although cornices made of plastic or, for instance, polyurethane are considerably less expensive and stronger than gypsum ones, such a substitution is startling up close and detracts from the interior’s overall appearance. It is odd, but true: rooms with very high ceilings are the only places where such architectural decor belongs.

In all other circumstances, it is preferable to employ components made of wood or gypsum, as well as those materials’ full-fledged equivalents. Particularly ideal is LDF (Low Density Fiberboard), which Ultrawood uses to make its skirting boards, ceiling cornices, panels, and mouldings. LDF is affordable, environmentally beneficial, lightweight, and simple to install.

Divide and conquer

The proportions of the interior can be greatly enhanced with the aid of ceiling mouldings, wall mouldings, panels, and skirting boards. For instance, use mouldings to visually elevate the ceiling by dividing the wall surface into rectangles that are vertically oriented.

The ideal cornice will be longer in depth than in height since it will appear to “drag” a portion of the ceiling onto the wall. This effect can occasionally be enhanced by painting the cornice and wall the same colour.

Oddly enough, a wide plinth also aids in “raising” the ceiling since it makes the lower portion of the wall appear heavier and the ceiling appear lighter against the background. Slatted or tiled panels, which swap out a smooth plane for a more complicated relief, are great for pushing the walls in a small room or corridor.

Hidden virtues

The skirting boards and cornices used to be draft excluders. Now that they are not required, they beautifully conceal the coupling of several planes. Additionally, a new feature that was previously impossible to use has now surfaced. The truth is that hiding contemporary lighting fixtures like LED bulbs beneath cornices and skirting boards is highly practical. So, a chic, eye-catching, and relaxing illumination is produced around the room’s perimeter.

Various panels are still beneficial for soundproofing, which is particularly important in bedrooms and offices even though they are no longer required for insulation. Architectural decoration unobtrusively but inexorably links us to tradition while also highlighting the grandeur of a modern setting.