Ukrainian culture is very unique and interesting. Ukrainians respect traditions, have taken care of coziness at home since ancient times and have their own special habits in everyday life. Ukrainian style in the interior is now becoming more and more popular. Unusual and original decor elements, which undoubtedly add coziness to the home, increasingly attract designers from all over the world, and also arouse great interest among lovers of naturalness.
As hundreds of years ago, as now, Ukrainians prefer natural, environmentally friendly materials: wood, stone, and clay when decorating their homes. Previously, Ukrainian houses were covered with straw, which added zest to such a natural design. Straw, by the way, was also widely used in interior design. Various charms and ornaments were made from this material.
The wooden floor in the room looks very beautiful in combination with a ceiling made of a similar material, on which there are beams, even if they are decorative. This is a traditional way of building and decorating a Ukrainian house.
If you want to decorate a room with natural stone, it is better to do it so that the texture of such a coating stands out and is preserved. Walls and floors can be decorated with natural stone.
The traditional color in interior design in the Ukrainian style is white. At first glance, it may seem that such a decor is quite boring, but it is not. Color variety is achieved due to colorful elements, for example, embroidered items, in which red, black and blue colors prevail. In addition, the floor is traditionally covered with hand-made colorful woven paths.
The main place in a room decorated in the Ukrainian style is, of course, a large massive wooden table. Since ancient times, it has been the center of life in the house - it was at the table that the whole family gathered every day to have dinner and discuss what happened during the day.
One of the most original and original interior items in the house is a huge chest. You can store clothes, various things, sit on it and even sleep in it. Undoubtedly, such furniture, which has not been used for many years, will be a wonderful addition to the Ukrainian style in the interior. It is not only a very functional and useful item, but also a good reminder of our ancestors and the past. In modern interiors, you can decorate a chest of drawers or a sideboard.
Benches are another integral element of decor in the Ukrainian interior. They will be a wonderful decoration of a country house or veranda, and will also be appropriate in an apartment.
Dressers, chests, benches, chairs and even tubs. Such furniture will look quite organically in a modern interior - in its natural form, painted, with an ornament or even with burnt decoration (so-called burnt or burnt wood). All this can be found in modern premises, just as it was in Ukrainian homes in ancient times. Such things are actively used today in the styles of Provence, Shabby Chic, Scandinavian or Boho. And looking at the Kantry style, probably everyone will remember something similar from their childhood. It is because of the feeling of nostalgia, coziness and home warmth that this direction of design has been in great demand for many years, changing only in the details.
What the Ukrainian interior can really boast of is beautiful dishes made of natural materials, painted with various ornaments. Earthenware is usually used - jugs, bowls, plates. It is known that products keep their freshness perfectly in clay dishes. It is interesting that dishes in Ukrainian interiors are used not only for their intended purpose, but also as kitchen decorations.
The colorful striped tracks on the floor, made using a special technology, will make the interior especially cozy. In addition, embroidered decor elements will decorate the room: tablecloths, towels, bedspreads. But it is very important not to overload the interior with such elements so that the room does not become like a museum. Recently, Ukrainian ornament can also be found on unusual objects, for example, you can choose a sofa with a fabric decorated with such a decor.
You can make a separate corner in the room where icons will stand on a white towel decorated with hand embroidery.
And how charming the tablecloths embroidered with Ukrainian ornaments look in the classics. Of course, in such a combination, it is necessary to skillfully and carefully choose the colors and regional style of embroidery.
A special place in the room will be occupied by the Ukrainian stove, which in the modern version can be made in the form of a fireplace or stove, finished with stone or decorative tiles. The originality of the interior will be added by old things that you may have received from your grandparents. They will become a family heirloom, a reminder of the life of your relatives.
Woven things from vines
And these are not only decorative tins, but also furniture, as well as drawers, baskets, various decorative items. Vine products are made in many parts of the world, which further emphasizes their relevance today. So, the Ukrainian vine is also a very sought-after and popular member of many modern interiors.
Ukrainian wool rug
An amazing fact is how well a great-grandmother's Ukrainian wool rug fits into the Scandinavian interior.
Black pottery of Prykarpattia perfectly emphasizes the contrast graphic style.
Elements of Ukrainian style can also be found in eclecticism, Boho, Loft, Baroque, Colonial style and others. Designers from all over the world highly appreciate Ukrainian aesthetics. For example, Havaretska ceramics - products of traditional folk craft from the Lviv region, received a gold medal at the International Ceramics Exhibition in Italy in 1984.
The modern interpretation of the Ukrainian style includes decorative elements or banks, pottery, wall paintings, stove, clay floor, colored towels. Of course, instead of a clay floor, you can choose clay-colored tiles or characteristic parquet. Photo wallpapers or decorative plaster look good on white walls. Such painting is expensive, and it is not very practical. Interior items must be exclusively made of wood. Household appliances can be hidden in the furniture if they do not harmonize with the general environment.
Symbolism of the Ukrainian style
Ukrainian architectural style is very similar to Alpine and German, only Ukrainian is more elegant and soulful. Once upon a time, houses in Ukraine were built from wooden beams, there were buildings made of clay and straw, with the mandatory presence of a stove, which was painted with flowers. Animal figures and patterns were depicted on them. The stove was a home amulet and a symbol of health. They slept on it, cooked food in it. The stove was used to organize a bath. With her, offers, promises and oaths were made, contracts were concluded, which were considered inviolable and honest. Sometimes the ovens were decorated with icons with colored towels.
All the movements possessed symbols that call for good forces to protect the house: rhombuses, rosettes, squares. The same patterns were embroidered on towels - charms. The word comes from the verb "to tear". In ancient times, people did not have knives. They cut the cloth with a stone, and then tore it into shreds, which became known as towels. There were maternity, christening, wedding, bread and other towels, i.e. for all occasions. They look like extended towels.
In addition to the stove, an important role in the interior of the player of the big table. As a rule, he was one for the whole house. The table was kissed before a long road and an important matter. It was used for rites, for example, for the baptism of a newborn. If the house was sold, the table passed to the new owner. In general, there are a lot of symbolic objects and amulets in the Ukrainian style, probably because it has long been believed that there is a homely person living in a Ukrainian house who needs to be pleased. Painted wooden spoons and decorative brooms hung on the walls, which can still be seen in Ukrainian homes today.
Ukrainian brooms were decorated with ribbons, nuts, beans, peas, wheat grains, dry plants and flowers. Each element carried its own specific meaning. One brought health to the house, another wealth, the third family well-being. Sometimes brooms were placed in the hands of a play housekeeper, who was embroidered on the wall so that the mythical character would keep the house clean. Brooms were protected like the apple of the eye. If people had to leave their homes, they necessarily took decorative brooms with them.
Furniture in a Ukrainian house always had simple forms, but was made mainly of oak and other high-quality woods. Police must be present in the interior, where you can put earthenware, Ukrainian national faceless dolls in national costumes. They are also called guardians, as they protect coziness in the house. Also, there should always be a place for wicker baskets on the shelves.