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Ethnostyle. Paradise under a palm tree of

The grass is always greener on the other side - such is the principle of the people who decided to issue the housing in ethnic style. And they can be understood. Combinations of flowers alien to the Russian eye, exotic “trinkets“ and absolutely unusual furniture from unpronounceable breeds of a tree - all this turns the typical modern apartment into “a miracle - the island“ foreign culture, mysterious and curious.


“on - scientific“, ethnostyle is a set of the flowers, objects of a decor, furniture, materials characteristic of this or that country. And, as we know, there is a lot of countries. Respectively, and styles with the ethno prefix great variety. Not to tell about all. Therefore we will stop on the most exotic (therefore, interesting) ethnic styles - Indian and African.

Ganesh from the top shelf

What the first occurs at a mention of the Indian style? Soft magnificent sofas as if “rented“ from the palace of some maharaja are right there presented to someone. To someone - easy transparent curtains and the Indian silk slightly rough to the touch. And someone remembers wonderful aroma of the aromas promoting meditation and a tart smell of the spices stimulating appetite.

I it is valid, without a thing it the Indian ethnostyle is inconceivable. As for furniture, in an interior the big wide sofa predominates. However, she, as a rule, is the only representative of “soft“ furniture family. Any padded stools and chairs. And here to wooden chairs of bizzare shapes welcome! The furniture in the Indian houses “is small growth“ and is almost identical on height. Why no wonder, for example, on even days to use a table as a chair, and a chair - as a table, and on odd - on the contrary. The majority of the Indian furniture is made of especially strong tree - a tic. And, manually.

Hindus pay much attention to an entrance door. Its surface should not be smooth - it is considered that it brings failure. And here the images of flowers cut on it, leaves and birds will favorably affect the atmosphere of the dwelling. It is also important to notice to what part of the world there is a door. It is good if on the East - it promotes force, glory and “a sbycha of dreams“. It is quite good if on the North is to good luck and fertility. But if the entrance door is directed on the South or the West, then it is necessary to defend from evil spirits. The best means of “defense“ - protective yantra (a type of charts - are on sale in any specialized shop), which serve also as a quite good decorative element.

the Indian ornament - geometrical figures. In special honor - a circle. It symbolizes the sun to which Hindus worship in the millennia. There will be by the way any hints on the Star: from straight lines - the beams dispersing in different directions to bright spots on walls and curtains.

the Color scale characteristic of the Indian style, absolutely special for the East. The most popular tone - turquoise, crimson, orange. It is quite often used it is red - brown scale. Be careful of white color! For Hindus it, as for us - black: color of grief and grief.

From accessories in a situation “and - la India“ shkatulochka from a camel bone, musical instruments and jingles which are hung up by the whole threads on jambs of doors “will get accustomed“. But there are four things without which it is impossible to imagine the Indian interior. It is Ganasha`s figurine, god with the head of an elephant who brings success and wellbeing if on his head to put couple of coins. It is a figurine directly of an elephant, a symbol of the imperial power. The elephant symbolizes longevity, prosperity and happiness. It is the figure of a snake prophesying love. And it is the monkey who is making active fertility and capable to cure...

the Oasis with wattled chairs

the African ethnostyle is, perhaps, the most exotic. And, as it is strange, economic. For giving to housing of romanticism of “dark continent“ sometimes happens enough to add several “pronounced“ style accents to an interior: wooden dishes for exotic fruit (it is desirable filled with these fruit), linen pillowcases with the embroidered figures of giraffes and tigers, palm trees, and also pillows, blankets and furniture with the upholstery imitating fur of the African animals - for example, zebras.

However if you seriously want to turn “square meters“ into a hut of the black hunter, then here one palm trees not to manage. It is necessary to change seriously a lot of things from what surrounds you in the apartment...

Planning of housing “on - African“ is usually chaotic

. But this “disorder“ - organized. The drawing room around which all other space “develops“ has to be a kernel of the apartment. It is the best of all to separate intimate zones from “all-civil“ by means of multilevel floors, mobile partitions, curtains or wattled screens.

Materials for finishing of walls can be the most various. Various imitations of a natural stone or clay will not bad fit into a situation. And it is possible to be limited and simple white water - dispersive or acrylic paint. For a covering of a floor it is the best of all to use a ceramic tile, again - imitating stone, or a mat - a floor covering from natural plant materials. On a floor also the woolen carpet with traditional African drawing well looks.

the Furniture in our case is necessary for

simple: not varnished, not painted and especially - not gilded. Its forms also should not shake by an ingenuity. Will fit into the African interior, “as the family“, wattled chairs, chairs, tables and even a bed from a bamboo or a rattan. Objects and from roughly processed tree as if cracked from burden of centuries or the victim of barbarity of termites will look not bad.

should pay special attention to a novelty of the Russian market of exotic home decoration. It products from the most rare breeds of tropical wood: lunar, coffee and black ebon. Ebony, on durability comparable with steel, and at the price comparable to gold, was a subject of desire of the powers that be at all times. Products from an ebona (figurines, candlesticks, vases, etc.) will become the real decoration of the house issued in ethnostyle. This tree possesses the powerful power capable to make active protective forces of an organism. Attribute to the floors made of an ebona or “an iron tree“ pinkado medicinal properties. On them it is pleasant to go barefoot, it is useful to lie on a floor.

the Image of a modern interior (even if also Afro-ethnic) is created by

in many respects thanks to color scale. Therefore about it - special conversation. For creation of the African exotic warm and even hot colors are required. For example, an umbra of all shades - zelenovato - brown, dark-brown, olive. And ochre - zolotisto - brown, it is pale - yellow, terracotta. Such combination reminds fierce heat of the midday desert, and in too time, gives feeling of pleasant heat of evening savannas.

the Most remarkable detail of the African interior are exotic products of art crafts: the various masks, small lamps, wooden vases decorated with bamboo sticks and sacral figurines. For full stylization “under Africa“ it is possible to hang up a spear of the Tanzanian native on a wall. The main thing - not to go too far in accessories. Otherwise your dwelling will become similar to the ethnographic museum.

the Business card of the Japanese ethnostyle - decorative minimalism in arrangement of the dwelling is A little paradise for the Samurai

. It is quite explainable. The multiinhabited Japan occupies absolutely small territory. Therefore in this country the scope at least in separately taken apartment is most of all appreciated. And still - restraint in a situation, simplicity and tranquility.

Nothing the overloaded space is the first that you note, being in “the dwelling of Samurais“. Some parts of the room can be absolutely “naked“. Their only ornament: the floor covered with a mat or a tatami. However, a little furniture nevertheless finds in the Japanese interior the place in the sun (more precisely - under a bulb). Low sofas and stove benches, bamboo little tables with the smoothed, not impressive surface and cases with sliding doors will be pertinent. Also wooden regiments on walls will quite get accustomed. Only it is not necessary to fill them with “material evidences“ of life - they quite cope with a role of full-fledged participants of an interior.

the Room “under the Samurai“ does not suffer deaf partitions. The space is zoned by means of screens which are made of the opaque glass imitating rice paper or sliding walls - exclusively Japanese “counter“. However, in the modern Russian apartment admirers of the Japanese ethnostyle will hardly manage to get rid completely of “deaf“ walls - in this case modern glass blocks will come to the rescue.

At residents of the Land of the rising sun especially reverent attitude to the nature. Therefore also the colors used in an interior are close to natural. In special honor light tone: dairy - white, cream and beige all shades. The furniture, walls, a floor and fabrics (by all means from cotton and silk) have to be such flowers.

not to do also without hieroglyphs. Today it is possible to get bedding sets, portieres, wall-paper, covers and cloths decorated with hieroglyphs and national Japanese drawings. The same concerns ware and accessories. Sets for tea ceremonies, special devices for traditional fish dishes, almost real samurai swords, skulpturka - a netsuke and caskets - all this is on sale in a large number.

the Red dragon and a tea little table

Boom on the Chinese style walked across Europe still in age-old the XVII-XVIII a century, during a rococo era when it was so “worn out“ that received the contemptuous name “Sinicism“. Since then a lot of water flowed away, and the Chinese style is included into the most refined houses and apartments again.

the Fad of the Chinese style - aspiration to symmetry. Most of all it is noticeable in an arrangement of pieces of furniture and accessories. They are established in pairs or in the form of three-part compositions. Chairs are put a table surely before each other on each side. On a table only one vase is never put - only two and it is strictly symmetric.

needs to be noted that the Chinese ethnostyle is not so ascetic as Japanese. If to continue the story about furniture, then its objects are usually richly inlaid with several breeds of a tree, nacre, copper, decorated with a relief carving with a national ornament (as a rule, it plants, pagodas and animals: elephants, tigers, lions and pheasants). As a rule, the furniture “under China“ is made in the form of sets of five objects: triple sofa, two chairs, big and small tea tables. Sofa and chairs completely wooden, without any upholstery. Put on seats laying or seat mats in silk covers. On a floor - a mat. By the way, the word “mat“ is the distorted transcription of the French China (China): the first mats were really brought from China. The mat is the rug weaved out of vegetable fibers. As raw materials are used: reed, jute, sometimes rice, lyon and hemp. it is quite good to p to deliver to

On corners at walls the high vases which are richly painted and it is obligatory with flowers. On walls will be as traditional lists are pertinent anywhere: dragons, various masks, lamps. The richness of patterns is well combined with showiness of paints. China very much loves gloss of gold and bronze, red and green tone, contrasts white and black, softened with warm color scale. Deep brown color calms. And also gives to an interior solidity and restraint, despite rich drawings.

it would be all about a measure


from these styles you chose, there are several general rules which are suitable for creation of any ethnic interior - from Chinese to African.

One of these rules - not to litter space. Japanese the netsuke, the African figurine, the Chinese vase and the Indian jingles need the habitat in which objects, foreign to them, should not interfere.

should not be

of the Window plastic at all. It is the best of all to apply wooden frames of natural coloring. Sockets, switches and other attributes of modern life will look ridiculously near the African palm tree or the Indian sofa. It is necessary to make them imperceptible - was able to disguise or stylize in the corresponding spirit.

But the most important - needs to avoid thoughtless copying. A little strange the apartment similar to a hut of the sender of the African cults whose windows come to a modern supermarket and the brisk highway looks. Good interiors are always under construction on trifles and nuances. And all professional designers with sense of taste and measures know about it. It is important to create a warm situation in which the person would feel comfortably and naturally. Also appreciate ethnostyle these qualities around the world.