Maria Krasnova

What is majolica anyway?

In a broad sense, the term is used for all glazed ceramics. Going deeper, a true majolica should be glazed twice. First the first, the background layer for the pattern, and then the transparent glaze on top and baked at high temperature. The implication is that the tiles are patterned, but it can also be a full fill of one color.

I often use majolica mosaics in projects I work on.

Majolica has an uneven surface, so it casts light in different directions, catching my eye. And so it's great to use it as accents on the facade, for this a small amount will be enough.

What areas can be accentuated on a facade?

  • — entrances
  • — window frames
  • — individual panels
  • — cornice
  • — flights of stairs
  • — column inserts

Majolica combines well with matte materials - wood, plaster, brick.

Important! Since with such materials it has a great contrast of texture, the color contrast must be low, it is good if majolica combines the shades of other materials of facade finishing.

It is also necessary to remember about the proportions. More does not always mean better. A good example is the main accent piece above the entryway and the supporting elements above the windows. Or an interstory belt and a panel that crowns the main gable..

Oxana Vatavu

This project is several years old, but I periodically return to it in my mind.

What is so compelling about it? What techniques made it memorable?

If all the walls were uniformly covered only in brickwork, it would make the eyes glaze over, and the protruding part with the garages would detract attention.

So I decided to highlight the central part of the house with lighter plaster, and to make it not look like a foreign spot, lay out on it a mosaic decorative panel, to tie in with the mottled brick.

Pay attention to the decors, they are not all around the window, so as not to overload the house, but only at the top and bottom, to emphasize the openings.

The color of the window frames is graphite, in the tone of the roof; you have to agree, it would not be the same with white plastic.

The result is an interesting example of an understated classic, but with a twist.

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