We all have our own castles. It might come in the form of a big, historic house, a small yet lovely ranch, or a cozy apartment. It’s true that every person’s cherished home is his or her castle and there’s no reason why we can’t decorate it like one. Visit ancient royal mansions and estates in Europe and we might find windows framed with vibrant stained glass, exquisite antique furniture, and a variety of artistic, medieval accents.
High quality replicas of these and other accents can lend a regal look to any home, and many of these unique decor items are fit for a real castle. Try these ideas to give the home a royal, medieval touch:
Stained glass decor: This type of classic decor is a common feature in European castles and cathedrals. It takes just one look inside the cathedral at Reims to see why it was the preferred means of decorating windows during the Middle Ages. Although the colors might look muted from the outside, the interior of the church is another matter. As the sun shines through those same stained glass windows, we see a stunning display of brilliant reds, blues, and other colors. The hues are so intense, it’s as if the windows were made of rubies, sapphires, and other precious stones. The architects who designed the church wanted to make a long-lasting impression on anyone who walked past the threshold, and this apparently worked quite well because thousands of people continue to feel a sense of wonder when admiring the beautiful stained glass at Notre Dame.
In the home, stained glass can also be used to good effect, maybe not as impressive as in an old, French cathedral, but still enough to give the place a beautiful, classic touch. It can also be put into a home easier than expected. Although we could redo the windows, it’s much easier to decorate with hanging stained glass decor like the Fruit of the Vine Stained Glass Window .
Sconces: During the times of castles and keeps, electricity was centuries away from being invented. For lighting, people had to rely on windows that let in the rays of the sun, and nothing more than lit torches and candles. One side effect of this was the making of sconces and candlestick holders that could take on a variety of creative forms. These were usually crafted with iron and could have a hanging, pendant form, or act as upright candlestick holders. They could also be used to give the place a certain character.
Modern sconces can be made with iron or high quality resin and can be used with the same decorative effect as antique sconces. For example, if we wanted to give the home an easy, medieval touch, we could go with the Marshgate Castle Dragon Sculptural Electric Wall Sconce or the Castle Dragon Iron Wall Sconce for lighting. Beautiful hanging pendant sconces also lend a regal look.
Antique replica furniture: Visit just about any castle and most people notice the decorative chairs, tables, and other beautiful, artistic furniture. Royalty could afford to pay for beautiful furniture and the craftsmen who made those tables and chairs also wanted to make a good impression. The end result was furniture that continues to be shown in museums to this day, and for which antique collectors pay a very high price .These items acted as fine decor just as much as they were functional, and can still lend a lovely look to any modern home.
The only difference is that we don’t have to take part in an auction to acquire beautiful, unique furniture for the home. Antique replicas like the Louis XIV Glass – Topped Cocktail Table are carefully crafted to look like museum pieces, are often made with beautiful mahogany, and are built to last.
Dragon and gargoyle statues: No true castle is complete without at least one bit of dragon or gargoyle decor. We can go with a large gargoyle sculpture, a small dragon statue, or exquisite dragon-themed decor like the Dragons Thorne Twin Sentinel Dragons Mirror.