Provence - one of the most soft and cozy types of interior design. Despite the apparent simplicity, the design in the style of Provence requires the application of considerable effort and special attention to detail for creating an impressive and refined interior.
The vestibule is the face of the apartment, because the design and style of the entrance area depends on what impression the guests have on the rest of the house.
The design of the hallway in the style of Provence does not require significant material and financial costs due to the need to arrange a small space. If there was a decision in the decoration of the entire apartment space in this style, you need to prepare for considerable expenses. To avoid this, but at the same time create a harmonious interior, you can use a combination of Provence with the style of Shebbi-chic, Rustic or Country, the combination with the rest of the directions will make a discord in the interior.
The design of the small Provence-style hallway is an interesting and partly rational solution, as the refreshing color palette, typical for use in this direction, visually increases the area of the entrance area, making it more light and spacious. The color palette of the Provence consists of warm, pastel shades: beige, mint, gently pink, cream, light blue, muted yellow, olive, and there should be no contrasts. The main color is white. Fold the accents matte black color.
The ornament of a wall covering, as well as textiles, is executed in the form of a small unobtrusive figure: flowers, a cage, a narrow strip.
The Provence-style entrance hall does not tolerate color excesses: red, terracotta, rich yellow or green colors can only be used as small impregnations. The task of bright accents is to stand out on a beige or white background, not flowing into each other.
The floor covering must have the color of natural materials: stone, wood, light brick.
When decorating the hall in the style of Provence, only natural materials are used: wood, stone, ceramics, metal. Laminate, plastic, linoleum are not acceptable for this direction. Finishing each type of surface has its own characteristics.
The interior of the hallway in the style of Provence categorically does not accept popular today's ways of decorating the ceiling surface - stretch ceiling, suspended, using plastic panels. The ceiling must be plastered, lined and painted with a white matte paint. Also suitable are dairy, cream shades. From the use of ceiling beams in the hallway it is better to refuse, so as not to weight the space.
As a wall covering, the Provencal style does not provide for the use of conventional paper or vinyl wallpaper, as this contradicts the principles of design of this direction. The walls are painted, covered with decorative plaster, wooden slats and panels, as well as brick, stone.
Often a combination of textures and shades is used, the predominant of the latter being white. Stucco coating, as a rule, is embossed.
Due to the fact that Provence provides links to the rustic theme, its highlight is the finishing of surfaces with some scuffs, scratches, creating the effect of antiquity. Walls should not have a perfectly flat surface, so plaster often looks careless, sometimes with peeping sections of brickwork or stone.
Wooden wall panels with small scuffs will give the interior of the hall a special charm.
In addition to wood, stone, plaster Provence provides for the finishing of walls with textiles. A classic combination - a textile finish with a small unobtrusive pattern and wooden panels. Originality and French charm in the hallway will add a mural depicting the province or a false
window overlooking the lavender fields.
A practical and appropriate style floor covering, which must have a vestibule in the style of Provence, is tile or stone. It is better if the texture of the stone will hint at long-term operation, for example, to have chips and scratches. At the same time, it is possible to combine a tiled brickwork with a wooden floor. The old parquet board is an ideal variant, corresponding to the canons of Provence. If there was a desire to update the parquet, it is only necessary to put on the board a new protective coating without interference in its appearance.
Furniture in the hallway in the style of Provence should have signs of time in any detail: it can be worn door cloths, cabinet legs, a table top with cracks, a slightly cracked varnish covering of facades and so on. To give furniture for the hallway the effect of antiquity can be used varnish craquelure. It is applied to the surface of furniture, then painted. After drying, the surface will be covered with small or large cracks.
The basic rules for choosing furniture in the Provence style lounge are as follows:
- No massive furniture. The ideal solution is a small chest of light color with metallic graceful handles. The modern wardrobe with a mirrored door will make a discord in the design of the hallway in the style of Provence.
- The presence of a miniature sofa, made of wood or metal with elements of forging. Addition to it are textile cushions of soft color or with a small floral ornament. If there is not enough space in the hall, an elegant wooden chair or stool fits well.
- The presence of forged elements. It can be an elegant frame to the mirror, cabinet furniture and chests, shelves, door handles, housekeepers, etc.
- Wooden front door, at least from the inside.
- An open clothes hanger with metal hooks and open shelves on which you can place wicker boxes for storing headgear, accessories.
- Stand for shoes, banquet.
- Stand for the umbrella.
- Modular vestibule Provence consists of all the necessary objects. If the area of the hallway allows you to fit all of the above furniture, it is best to purchase it in one set so that there are no external differences between the individual items.
Decor and Lighting
An important component of the Provencal style is decor, the items of which distinguish this direction from all others. Firstly, they are textiles: pillows, rugs made of natural materials, soft seats on benches and benches.
Secondly, a characteristic feature of the provence is the presence of numerous figurines (clay, wooden, metal, ceramic), candlesticks, decorative bird cells from thin openwork metal, lanterns. Accessories such as empty photo frames, carved caskets, baskets, mirrors in wooden or metal frames add a special charm to the interior. In addition, the interior is decorated with outdoor vases with dried plants and flowers, as well as live bouquets. Flowering plants should not be forced out of the general theme, i.e. it should be gentle, simple flowers. In general, everything that creates a rural flavor, fits into the interior, decorated in the style of Provence.
Lighting plays a special role in the design of the hallway. The hall needs bright lighting, preferably natural, but in most cases it is difficult to implement, so the Provence style usually uses central lighting in the form of a forged chandelier and additional sconces on the walls. You can also use the frame for the backlit mirror. Material for lamps typical: glass, wood, wrought iron with patina.
Provence is often confused with the country style. One must bear in mind that the difference between them is that Provence is more gentle, light, airy than country with the use of a large amount of rough wood and metal.