The thought of bringing in rustic restaurant decor to recreate the atmosphere of beautiful Romanian traditional indoors in not a new one. Rustic restaurant decor has always been on trend in Romania. Recently, with so many restaurants now sporting farm-fresh menus, rustic decor became much more popular than it already was. The main concept of a Romanian inspired rustic restaurant decor is creating a cozy space where guests feel right at home and experience a Romanian traditional lifestyle. The rustic restaurant decor integrates elements found in a traditional house to portray Romanian traditional interiors, customs, traditions, including their marriage, ceremonies, food habits and pattern of agriculture. Here are 10 rustic restaurant ideas from the region of Moldavia, eastern Romania.
- Antique Peasant Chests and Dowry Boxes
The wonderful thing about decorating with antique chests and dowry boxes is that they add instant history and soul to any interior. There’s something especially human about the peasant woman’s dowry box. Various exquisitely crafted handmade textiles and celebration costumes were stored in the dowry box (lada de zestre). Other household textiles were stored in wooden chests (cufere) and benches that are fixed in the wall by a board and also a dowry chest (lavița), adorned with carved solar, vegetal, anthropomorphic symbols. These antiques provide storage, visual weight and interest.
2. Dining Chairs Reupholstered with Old Traditional Textiles
Old traditional blankets (cergi) and bed covers (macaturi) in less desirable condition can be repurposed into chair seat covers. It is a cheap and effective way to add a rustic touch to any kitchen, bar or restaurant rustic decor.
3. Rustic Motifs Decorating the Walls
Since the traditional towel was an ancestral symbol of good house, it can add quite a bit to any Romanian rustic decor. The traditional towel is one of the most important textiles in a peasant household. It meets utilitarian, decorative and ritual needs. Embroidered or woven traditional towels are intended to be draped around ceramic plates or icons.
4. Woven Textiles Dressing the Walls
In the Romanian peasant house, wall rugs are valued both for adornment and warmth. It is a way of displaying a wife’s dowry and a family’s prosperity. Woven textiles are the major decorative elements, adding texture and color to the room.
5. The Pantry of Goodies
Romanians are traditionally used to prepare goodies for winter time. From late summer till early autumn, they prepare jam, zacuscă, pickles, cheese. They say people buy with their eyes, so who would resist a traditional pantry stuffed with homemade goodies?
6. Peasant Cooking and Eating Ustensils
Peasant cooking and eating ustensils were of wood, pottery or metal. Wooden dough bowls, wooden spoons, tankards, mugs, trays, buckets add a primitive touch to any rustic decor.
7. Traditional Masks and Dolls
Primitive wall hangings, dolls and masks are displayed for maximum impact. The rustic style is well loved for it’s homey feeling, comfort and ability to take you back in time and arouse curiosity toward every aspect of the traditional lifestyle.
8. The Traditional Stoves
The stove was a central element in a Romanian traditional cottage, where they were preparing food and sleeping. It was considered the most important, safe and sacred place of the traditional house, a connection between sky and earth. A mud stove makes a surprising focal point.
9. The Country Cupboard Furniture
An old hutch can add decorative charm and rough-hewn textures, reinforcing the simple, homespun feel.
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