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German interior style

Characteristic features of the German style

Modern German style is somewhat similar to minimalism — it is just as pragmatic and ascetic. It is characterized by strict lines and forms, durable natural materials, new models of video and audio equipment, functional arrangement of items (everything must be in its place) and a minimum of decor. Layout of the German interior is very laconic: there are no pathos products, arches, false fireplaces, catwalks, moldings, etc. But the German house has an abundance of natural light, because the windows can be located not only on the walls, but also on the roof.


Finishing materials

The central place in the interior in the German style is, of course, wood, because this material is quite strong, durable and incredibly aesthetic. The floor is often covered with parquet, or laminate, which imitates the texture of wood. For the bathroom and kitchen, ceramic tiles in neutral colors are best. For finishing walls there are various options: painting or pasting, wooden panels (usually used for studies), brushed fragments of masonry (they are often used in the hallway and kitchen). Polyurethane, plasterboard and polystyrene are not used in this kind of interior in principle.


Color scheme

The main shades of the German style are calm and warm. The most popular of them are light coffee, cream, milk, olive tones. The walls are often covered with light colors, so that on their background the furniture looks more voluminous and clear. And the floor is done mainly in dark colors with beautiful patterns of oak, pine, alder or ash. Combinations of light and dark shades — a favorite technique of the German style: it makes the interior more expressive, creating interesting accents.


Furniture

Practical furniture with strict classical proportions is most suitable for this style. When equipping the room, we advise to pay attention to comfortable small sofas, neat coffee tables, open shelves and low sideboards. The aesthetic component is also very important, but Germans pay attention to practicality and durability in the first place. In the German interior, there is no place for beautiful, but little functional furniture. Everything should be very logical: a chair for comfortable sitting and a sofa for relaxing. In this style, for each element of design there is a certain role.


The furniture can be both new and old, the main thing is that it should be of high quality and have a solid look. As a rule, it is wooden, with trim or leather inserts. The upholstery should be in discreet colors: sandy, gray, chocolate, dark brown or dark maroon. If such a setting seems boring to you, you can add a couple of vintage things, such as a sewing machine "Singer", converted to a coffee table, or a Vienna chair, used as a stand for a flower pot. With such a decor, the room will be filled with the homely warmth and cozy atmosphere of a bygone century.


In the German interior, as in all other styles, the central place in the bedroom is the bed. It should be solid and reliable. Closets and chests of drawers in the bedroom are either absent at all, or arranged so that there is as much free space as possible. In the living room furniture is often polished to a shine, and this also applies to the kitchen. Perhaps it is the kitchen that is a striking embodiment of the German character: here for every detail has its place, all kitchen utensils are literally shining with purity, and on the open shelf in the center of the room is beautiful family or antique set.


As for the bathroom, it should be equipped with only the most necessary plumbing fixtures in such a fashion that it is easy to clean.


Lighting

If we are talking about the German style, then here the most important supplier of light are the windows. They are always quite large, rectangular, framed in a lightweight frame. Sources of artificial light are lamps with regular glass plafonds. Crystal chandeliers or forged metal elements are not accepted in the German style. If you can't do without additional lighting (and without it, let's be honest, you can't do without it), you should limit yourself to choosing an elegant matte fixture and minimalistic spot lamps.


Textiles

Since there should be a lot of natural light in the house, it is better to choose translucent curtains for the windows rather than heavy curtains and drapes. For the kitchen, a starchy tablecloth with small embroidery will work perfectly. A silk lampshade on the lamp and a few tapestry cushions will be a wonderful addition to the living room.


The decor

The primitive nature of this style does not mean that you need to eliminate all the decor. A characteristic feature of the German interior is the fresh flowers. An interesting solution to this design is the location of flowering greenery not only on window sills and tables, but also on the floor, along walls and stairs. Also as a decor you can use: vases, mirrors in forged frames, beer mugs and more.


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