Celtic Décor Ideas

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Celtic décor combines sparse and sturdy furnishings with fabrics adorned in intricate patterns. Amid this conflicting décor lies a feeling of calmness in a space inspired by nature. If you want to give a room a fairy tale feeling, consider adding a few Celtic touches to your décor.

Celtic Colors

Give any room a Celtic atmosphere by painting the walls in a color inspired by nature. Look for colors that make you feel like you are deep in the forest. Imagine rocks covered in soft green moss, brownish red bark on the tall trees and aqua blue water rushing against gray-green river rocks. Some other colors to use in Celtic décor include periwinkle blue, lavender, tobacco brown and burnt orange.

Another easy way to use paint to create a Celtic theme is to change the color of a piece of furniture. Add contrast to sage green walls with a curio cabinet or dresser painted a light gray. Or, in a room with light khaki walls, refurbish old furniture with a walnut or mahogany stain.

If wallpaper is your thing, look for wallpapers in colors from nature with soft patterns depicting elements found in nature or with intricate geometrical patterns. A wallpaper border, with a Celtic knotted pattern, can be used as an accent along the top of a wall or as a border along the top of wainscoting.

Irish Cottage Furnishings

Celtic furnishings have a rustic, sturdy and bold appearance and, at the same time, simple lines. Celtic style furnishings are constructed of wood, iron and other natural materials. Here are a few design ideas:

  • Give a kitchen a Celtic flavor by incorporating Celtic knot patterns into backsplash tiles and wallpaper borders.
  • Select simple cabinets with a flat surface. Look for solid wood pieces with square corners, large and easy to grip handles, and stone or wood block countertops.
  • Create a calm bedroom with hardwood floors, cream colored walls, a platform bed and rows of open shelves. Combine shades of blue and brown for a relaxing atmosphere.
  • Add a curio cabinet in a corner of the kitchen or dining room. Display crystal glasses and bowls. Set display pieces on linen doilies.

Add Scottish Inspired Fabrics

Plaid and tartan fabrics are closely identified with Celtic tradition. Ancient Celtic family clans were each assigned their own pattern of plaid. These plaids and tartans were made from wool that was dyed using local plants. When commercial dyes were introduced, vivid red and indigo blue became the favored colors.

Celtic inspired fabrics include more than just Scottish plaids and tartans. Linens make the perfect contrast to the bold and heavy wools. A linen tablecloth can keep a bulky wood table from overwhelming a room. Here are a few more fabric tips:

  • Furniture and pillows can give a room character when covered in tweed, wool and linen.
  • Create diversity in a Celtic décor by mixing fabrics and patterns.
  • Tone down bold plaids with neutral linens.
  • Give contrast to dark colors with soft neutral colors.

Finish With Celtic Decorations

All Celtic interior designs incorporate Celtic knotwork patterns. Celtic knots are found in every aspect of Celtic culture. Pillows with a knot pattern can easily be found in home furnishing stores or browse a fabric store to make your own pillows. Adorn walls with traditional Celtic crosses. Look for tapestries, blankets and picture frames that use Celtic knots, crosses and symbols.

Here are some other ideas for Celtic decorations:

  • Hand-blown glass and crystal bowls can be used alone or in groups to adorn a coffee table or bookshelf.
  • Stone sculptures have been found in prehistoric Celtic ruins. Add character with a stone carving representing a human head.
  • Celtic decorations include a bit of mysticism and a touch of fairy tale. Fill a bronze cauldron with dried wildflowers.
  • To add a little intrigue into a room, look for Celtic crystal balls, statues of dragons, mounted stag horns and medieval swords and dagger.
  • When arranging items, keep like items in a group and arrange the group symmetrically. A collection of knives can be arranged on a wall to look like a triangle with the smallest knife at the top of the stack and the largest at the bottom.

As a final flourish to your Celtic décor, adorn the front door with a plaque that invites guests into your home. A simple Irish blessing will tell guests that they are welcome in your home.

Last Updated: August 23, 2012
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About Coletta Teske Coletta Teske has 25 years' experience in tech journalism, as well as home and gardening topics. She has freelanced for Fortune 500 companies such as Boeing and Microsoft, published more than two dozen computer books for Prima Publishing and Macmillan, and worked as a freelance correspondent for West Hawaii Today. Coletta has been an avid gardener since she was 2 years old. While living in Hawaii, she achieved a lifelong dream of becoming a certified master gardener.

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