Trend Watch: Hello Hellenism

Shaun Anderson | 21 December, 2021

DEC 20, 2021

Trend Watch: Hello Hellenism

You may be seeing it now, but if you’re not, you’re definitely going to see it in 2022: Hellenism. Hellenism started in 323 BC and ended around 33 BC and is essentially the word we use to describe things that feel quintessentially and classically Greek. And while we can’t afford real antiquities, there are plenty of ways to give your home that touch of greek life that makes your home feel layered, classical, and unique.

Image by Veranda

Elements of Hellen

Image by 30s Magazine

One of the easiest ways to incorporate Hellenism into your home is to incorporate traditionally Hellenistic elements. Oftentimes, when we think Greek, we think that classic Greek blue — but that vibrant shade came into popularity well after the classic Greek period.

Marble and clay/stoneware are two very traditional Hellenistic elements when applied to the right medium. These natural elements are inherently high-end but grounded. Because they are natural elements, they immediately add age and gravity to a space. These elements in traditional Greek shapes and forms can give your home a subtle touch of Hellenism. The less traditional the form is, the less traditionally Hellenistic your space feels.

Image by House and Garden UK

And while previous resurgences of Hellenism have instructed people to make their home feel more like a museum, this go-around, it’s all about making this ancient style work for you. In 2022, you’ll see traditional Greek elements and motifs in new colors and patterns for a classic style with a modern twist.

Wallpaper

Wallpaper by Hovia

2022 is going to bring a resurgence of wallpaper, and we’re not opposed to Hellenistic inspired motifs. You’ll likely see a dozen variations of this wallpaper and some classic greek paintings turned into wallpaper this coming year. And while we’ve seen greek motifs with soft colors and traditional designs in the past, expect to see pink pottery and green columns this time around. Whether you commit and wallpaper an entire room, or just use it as an accent, these Greek-inspired wallpapers make a big statement. We love the idea of adding peel and stick Hellenistic wallpaper behind an accent wall with open shelving and minimal decor.

Bust a Move

Image by BHN Home

If you’ve got floating shelves in your home, this is the perfect place to go a little Greek. One of the most popular Hellenistic motifs is the traditional white Greek busts. These busts are an easy add when you’re looking to change up your shelf decor (or any decor really) because they are so neutral and classic. We’ve seen these busts turned into planters too, and you better believe that’s how we’ll be incorporating Hellenism into our homes.

And if basic white busts aren’t really your thing, you can expect to see these baddies popping up in all sorts of colors and styles this year. We’re on the hunt for a pastel set of three muses for the floating shelves in our office, because why not? It’s fun.

Understated Art

Ballard Designs

If you want to add a touch of Hellenism to your home but aren’t interested in a full-blown wallpapered room, try some understated art. We love this set of Greek motifs from Ballard Designs because it’s simple, sophisticated, and understated. It’s a great way to add a high-end touch to your home.

Another easy way to incorporate subtle elements of Hellenism into your home is by incorporating an olive leaf painting. Olive trees and leaves are quintessentially Greek and because you can find these paintings in a variety of styles, you’re sure to find something that blends well with your current home decor. Subtle Hellenistic art is the easiest way to incorporate elements of this style into your existing design.

Not So Subtle Art

Image by Elegance of Ancient

And if you’re ready to commit, commit. There is so much fun, reimagined Hellenistic-inspired art that is perfect for a room that is ready for a statement. We love this print of the Muses propped up against a wall on a floating shelf. It’s classic and modern at the same time, making it the perfect blend for a bedroom. With so much interesting mythology to explore, there is bound to be an ancient Greek piece that speaks to you.

“The Winged Victory of Samothrace,” 190 BCE

And while we, and we are assuming you, can’t afford the real thing, there is no better way to incorporate the art from this period of time than by using the art from this period of time. You can purchase replicas of popular pieces from back in the day, but we also love the idea of framing photographs of the popular sculptures. Many free, beautiful images of these pieces are available online and in a frame with a good mat — they become a piece of their own.

Written by Maddison Driggs

Maddison is a copywriter who has been working in the interior design and home improvement area for the last five years. From hands on projects to writing for your favorite HGTV home reno couples, Maddison has developed a deep love for a well-styled room with the perfect personal touch.


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