Italians have been at the forefront of fashion for as long as anyone can remember. The Romans paved the way – often literally – for architectural magnificence, but one of their main achievements when it came to interior design was the balance they created between functionality, comfort and aesthetic appeal. When buying furniture or accessories for your Italian style home, ask yourself if the item fits these specifications. If so, then the Italians would probably approve. Here are a few Italian design ideas to draw inspiration from.
Initially they were a simple and practical solution to an everyday problem, but now roman blinds can be a statement of style in any room.
Originating in 14th century Venice, architects and designers combined gothic with other influences resulting in the Venetian style. A Venetian style mirror can be a great focal point for your living room, hung over an ornate fireplace, or in the bathroom where it will add a touch of Italian glamour.
Whether open brickwork or original beams are the focal point of your room, keeping the décor and palette simple is the key to a true Mediterranean feel. A simple yet elegant open fire for those cold British winters can be a godsend too!
Old World Italian
Combining the typically Italian bare bricks with rich colours and fabrics can create a regal ‘Old World’ look. Detailed woodcarvings on rich wood furniture, or artwork with plenty of depth can create an Italian renaissance feel.
The naturally pale colour of travertine stone will give any home a real Mediterranean feel. A grand, travertine tiled living room or entrance hall is a great way to welcome guests in true Italian style.
In Rome, mosaic was used both functionally and as an artistic expression. Whether a completed floor space covered in mosaic or a smaller wall piece is your style, there are designs to suit every home.
This classic Tuscan material can be used throughout the home. We often link it to the kitchen as it is traditionally used in crockery and tiled floors, but its orange colours create a brilliantly warm atmosphere in other rooms too.
Bulky armchairs are usually a favourite in any modern living room, but the baroque style boasts sculpted carvings that can bring a touch of neoclassical elegance to any room.
Bring the outside in
Italians love the free flow of air and large windows and open spaces are often a feature of Italian design. Even if you live in the city with limited outdoor space, there are Italian inspirations to draw from. A Juliet balcony, even if it isn’t the iconic rustic stone balcony with trellised walls stretching up from below, can create a more open and airy room.