Aug 1, 2012

Makeover of Elite Residences – Do’s and Don’ts in Moscow

Ever wondered how to spice up your apartment? Want to achieve the typical ‘Russian Look’ in your residence? Here are a few tips & tricks what to and what not to do when it comes to redecorating your home in Russian style.

If you want to get a characteristic Russian look in your apartment; the first step is to use wallpapers with rich floral patterns or with soft stripes, while in kitchens and bathrooms use unique wall tiles. Applying wall borders is not part of the Russian style; it is more common to hang a large Persian carpet on the wall.

Crown moldings not just create finished top edge, but add visual value to the whole room.

Wood floors, walls and carved wood screens are also very popular. It does not matter whether it is dark or light wood, but it should definitely be polished and should have a glassy surface.

We can state, without hesitation, that the chandelier is the most important accessory of a Russian luxury apartment. The quality ones are made of crystal, which cause different reflections than the cheaper glass ones, especially when natural light hits the crystals and thousand tiny lights scatter in various directions. Large table lamps and torchieres can be used to further dramatize the room.

Place a wall unit along one entire wall in your room; try using ones with lots of doors, preferably with glass doors, to make souvenirs and tchotchkes visible.

When it comes to dressing your windows; blinds should be entirely avoided, while draperies with window scarves and lace curtains are very welcome.

Gilded, robust, imposing picture and mirror frames are fashionable in both modern and vintage homes.

Russia has a very rich culture, which also reflects on its style in home decor; through many colors, comfortable and warm design elements, expensive and unique materials and elaborate religious symbols, it achieves a visually rich look in and outside of its typical residences.

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