Colour Blue in Romanian Tradition

Blue is a colour with timeless beauty, easy to integrate in a variety of design styles and interiors. A colour you can choose with confidence as it will fit almost any living space. We can see the associations with water: calming, relaxing, bringing us peace and tranquility.

 image found on  Pinterest  - painted Easter eggs on  Pinterest

image found on Pinterest - painted Easter eggs on Pinterest

Blue can be classical, bold, energetic, calming, all depending the intensity of the tone, and the combination with the other colours in the room. 

Blue can be bold and bring a space to live, it will illuminate in combination with white. Mix blue with a touch of red and it will gets almost an electric blue, a stimulating and energetic colour. Mixed with some green it will get uncomplicated, clean, and youthful. A deep, blackened navy, a nautical inspired blue tone is capturing timelessness.

 woman painting the house on  Pinterest  - Porcelain Wallpaper  Studio Ditte

woman painting the house on Pinterest - Porcelain Wallpaper Studio Ditte

Blue is a colour you will find everywhere in Romania: in the traditional costumes, in the ceramic, in the architecture of the old houses, in the painted Easter eggs. Blue is used a lot for the wall paintings in the monasteries of Bucovina, in the north of Romania, Voronet monastery is the most famous and part of the UNESCO heritage. And not to forget in nature: the Black Sea, the Danube Delta and all the lakes.

 icture painted kitchen cabinet  One Kings Lane  - traditional Romanian ceramics on  Pinterest

icture painted kitchen cabinet One Kings Lane - traditional Romanian ceramics on Pinterest

Romanian pottery is still made mainly on traditional kick-wheels with simple finishing tools. Shapes, sizes, colours, and patterns reflect the different clays and cultures of diverse areas where they are produced. Color glazes and decorations vary from strong geometrics to delicate florals, animals, and humans. There are approximately 30 pottery centers throughout the country, each with its own distinctive style. 

 Picture house from Tulcea taken in Village museum Bucharest - picture Romamian dance found on  Oana Stan

Picture house from Tulcea taken in Village museum Bucharest - picture Romamian dance found on Oana Stan

Let the blue and white of the traditional hand-painted ceramics of Korund, with their blue patterns on white background, inspire you: use the colour to give an accent to your kitchen cabinets. Decorate your wall with a beautiful collection of plates, or use a wallpaper with a ceramic plate design. You can paint some naive flowers as a border, or all-over, on your wall. Paint the wood frame of the windows or your doors in blue to create a country look.

 omanian blose found on  P  interest  - picture window taken at Village museum Bucharest - folklore-inspired ceramics The Awesome Projects  Brown Paper Bag

omanian blose found on Pinterest - picture window taken at Village museum Bucharest - folklore-inspired ceramics The Awesome Projects Brown Paper Bag

Folk costumes worn for special occasions follow strict regional patterns and serves also as a sort of secret language know only to the people within the different regions. Sibiu uses graphic black and white motifs, reflecting its Saxon heritage. Southern regions use red, black maroon, yellow, gold, and silver threads reflecting the influences of the Ottoman Empire. Moldavia uses orange and the Voronet blue, made world-famous by its use on the monastery of Voronet. Voronet blue is UNESCO heritage. Those graphical motifs are now an inspiration for your artists and designers.

 picture house taken in Viscri - cloths hanger - bedlinen  Zara Home

picture house taken in Viscri - cloths hanger - bedlinen Zara Home

Blue is the colour most commonly associated with harmony, faithfulness, confidence, infinity, imagination, tranquility, peace. For a lot of women as well as men blue is their preferred colour. Combined with a lot of white blue will be a perfect base to decorate your bedroom. White cotton bedlinen with a graphical embroidered border can bring a fresh and refined touch to the room. When you use to much blue in a room you have to take care that it won't give you the impression it is to cold or gets depressive. You can easily solve this by adding some wood, it will create a harmony.

 mix of tiles  Made a Mano  - Romanan costume 19th century   The Met  - house in Danube Delta found on  Delicioasa

mix of tiles Made a Mano - Romanan costume 19th century  The Met - house in Danube Delta found on Delicioasa

The Romanian traditional costumes are richly decorated, the form and ornaments of the contemporary garments preserved a part of the language of signs and symbols specific to the mythical thinking of ancient times. They combine different decorative and colourful details. They can be a great inspiration for tiles in bathroom or kitchen: choose different motifs in the same colour harmony and combine them randomly. Than can add a decorative element to a contemporary space, or give a more feminine touch to an industrial looking space. 

 traditional house from the South of Romania found on  Pinterest

traditional house from the South of Romania found on Pinterest

Blue is a popular colour to be used for the houses in different parts of Romania. It can be just the window frames and doors which are painted in a vivid tone of blue, a softer tone when used to paint the exterior walls of the house or cam be used to richly decorate the  facade with traditional motifs.

 Merry Cemetery in Sapanta Maramures found on  Pinterest  - Merry Cemetery collection by  Lana

Merry Cemetery in Sapanta Maramures found on Pinterest - Merry Cemetery collection by Lana

In Sapanta, Maramures, the ancestors considered death as a beginning, not the end, and this faith is reflected in the carvings in its town's unique Merry Cemetery. The wooden crosses, painted in the typical Voronet blue, embellished with fanciful borders, feature a carved scene and humorous verses that capture the good and the imperfections of the deceased's life. The Merry Cemetery inspired Romanian fashion designer Lana for a colourful collection.

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Blue interior found on Pinterest - image Danube Delta on Delicioasa - house in Bucovina found on Pinterest

Use blue to give you interior or exterior a fresh look.

  • Paint one wall or the whole room in blue for a modern approach
  • Use a blue and white printed wallpaper for a contemporary or more romantic look. 
  • Combine flowers with other graphical motifs, all in blue and white, with confidence

You want to learn more on how to use traditional Romanian style in a modern interior or how to decorate a traditional country house in a modern way, than a workshop on the Romanian country side could be something for you.