Rosettes are an interesting and fashionable decorative element which we can use to give our interiors an original and elegant character. They have been used for centuries in architecture, and today are again experiencing a ‘golden age’. Although most of us associate rosettes with the classical style, they can also be used effectively in modern arrangements. They are useful in breaking the monotony of flat ceilings, and as a decorative surround to chandeliers. Rosettes are also becoming increasingly popular as an unconventional wall decoration.
IN SEARCH OF THE FIRST ROSETTE
The early history of the rosette, also known as the hexapetal star or simply the flower of life, is lost in the mists of time. As an artistic motif it appeared in traditional Slavic folk art, in Celtic art, and as a decoration in stone houses at the foot of the Caucasus mountains and in the most ancient Old Armenian Christian monasteries. According to one of the more probable theories, its shape, in which further rosettes could be added, symbolised divine power and the infinity of the universe. In other cultures rosettes were supposed to protect householders from evil. However, irrespective of how they were first used, the most beautiful rosettes can be found in the form of architectural ornaments in the shape of an open rose above the entrances to gothic cathedrals, as well as stucco ornaments in the interiors of grand 19th century tenement buildings and palaces. While for centuries only the richest and most powerful could afford such beautiful adornments, today, thanks to modern technology, rosettes have become a fashionable and widely used decorative element.
Let’s not forget the ceiling
When we are asked what is the most monotonous, boring, plain surface in interiors, the majority of us would answer immediately… the ceiling. But it doesn’t have to be. We can make use of rosettes to liven up the white surface above our heads by playing with light and shadow to create a frame for a modern lamp or a discreet frame for an ornate chandelier. Ceiling rosettes are an integral element of classical and eclectic interiors. With well-chosen ceiling mouldings they can create an original, eye-catching decorative element.
Foliage motifs look ideal in high, spacious interiors with walls in pastel colours decorated with decorative moulding, wallpaper or wood panelling, and with light coloured window frames and French-style furniture. The Marbet Design range has both traditional and modern designs, based on clean lines, abstract shapes and symmetrical patterns. They are perfect for minimalist interior decoration, and even for lofts to provide a contrast. Rosettes can also be treated as a wall decoration, with different patterns and sizes being used to create interesting compositions.
Rosettes and imagination
The huge selection of rosettes on offer opens a wealth of opportunities for those not afraid of decorative experiments. Rosettes in varying patterns, shapes and sizes can form an original decorative wall element, made all the more interesting through the use of water-based paints in shades of the wall paint or in contrasting colours. Ornate rosettes can be effectively used as pictures or as mirror frames. With a bit of effort, they can even be made into unique wall clocks, and are also attractive as decoration on furniture fronts or doors.